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What’s the deal with Seinfeld’s Beacon Theatre residency?

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Tolly Wright

Every comedy fan in NYC know’s what they want this Festivus: Tickets to see their hometown hero in the flesh. Inspired by another legendary New Yorker before him (Billy Joel) Jerry Seinfeld announced that he will be performing monthly shows of all his greatest hits—er, best jokes—at the Beacon Theatre. While piano man Joel has been selling out shows regularly at Madison Square Garden since January 2014, Seinfeld chose the Upper West Side’s Beacon Theatre for his gigs because the smaller venue (2,800 seats to MSG’s 18,000) is better for the intimacy of stand-up. Plus, we like to imagine the venue was chosen out of nostalgia for the Upper West Side spots those studio stages were supposed to represent on Seinfeld.

The comedian may be 61 years old and have enough of that sweet sitcom syndication money to last him a few lifetimes, but that doesn’t mean he’s going to coast on the audience’s good will during his residency. During his occasional surprise drop-ins at clubs like the Comedy Cellar Seinfeld is usually trying new material, but at the Beacon he'll only deliver his most-polished bits, which makes that ticket price range ($79-$175) a steal. The run begins on January 7th. However the show goes, we're sure it'll be better than that one time he bombed in 1977:

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