What Is the Deal?

Even though every episode of his self-titled TV sitcom began and ended with Jerry Seinfeld doing what he’s always loved best, it’s still a little disconcerting to see him in a purely stand-up setting. You know in the back of your mind, the sitcom’s theme song is burbling every time he utters a punch line, and you’re fondly thinking of Kramer storming into his apartment. Seinfeld is what they call an “observational comedian,” so you’re waiting to find out what is the deal with airplane food, gas prices, and fill-in-your-topic-of-choice-here. We’ve got news for you: Seinfeld ended a decade ago. All of those references — puffy shirts, “Hello, Newman,” Pez dispensers, yadda yadda yadda — now feel as dated as the mod-mullet he wore throughout the series.

Since then, Jerry has done what few other megarich comedians do — returned to the stage without the intention of just resting on his laurels. The 2002 documentary Comedian proved how seriously Seinfeld takes his craft; the man with the show about nothing arduously crafted new, road-tested jokes for his eager fans. So what you’ll be seeing Saturday night at The Fillmore is fresh material from a comic genius who is infinitely funnier without a laugh track. You’ll know the deal when the show begins at 7. Tickets range from $46.50 to $76.50. Visit www.livenation.com.
Sat., July 26, 2008
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