Comedy hero performs in the UK for the first time in 13 years
Jerry Seinfeld performed on a London stage for the first time in 13 years last night (June 1).
He gave a surprise unannounced set at the Comedy Store in Piccadilly Circus.
Seinfeld‘s last London show was at the Palladium on July 5 1998, when tickets for the date sold out in less than 30 minutes. Tickets for yesterday’s show were billed as the normal Comedy Store Wednesday night show.
Preceded by an hour of improv from the regular Wednesday night comedians Neil Mullarkey, Steve Steen, Richard Vranch, Josie Lawrence and Lee Simpson, Seinfeld was introduced at 10pm by compere Andy Smart, who later revealed via Twitter.com/AndyCSP: “I never thought I’d ever say this, but I’ve just introduced Jerry Seinfeld at the Comedy Store. A good day at work!”
Seinfeld‘s appearance had been kept top secret, with almost all of the audience completely unaware he was coming. There were gasps of disbelief when he took to the stage, followed by a standing ovation. After a half-an-hour set that featured observations on Twitter, the Arnold Schwarzenegger scandal and the Royal Wedding, he took questions from the audience.
Seinfeld is now set to play his scheduled show at the O2 Arena this Friday. However, ticket prices for the show, which range from £70-£100 have attracted criticism, something which the comic has acknowledged.
“I’m terribly, terribly sorry,” he told The Guardian last year. “I really had to let the English promoter guide us in that because I don’t know the market that well. So I’m going to complain to him. People complain to me… I’m going to complain to him. I hate to hear about grumbling. But there’s got to be a certain amount of grumbling about anything doesn’t there?”