By Jim Hagerty
Comedian Jerry Seinfeld, known for his witty, observational “what’s the deal with…” humor, will play the Coronado Performing Arts Center in Rockford tomorrow night (Thursday, Nov. 5). Seinfeld is also known for the hit sitcom Seinfeld he created with friend and fellow comedian Larry David, which ran from 1990 to 1998 on NBC.
Seinfeld aired as a television special, The Seinfeld Chronicles, in 1989. After low ratings that barely saw the show being picked up for another season, Seinfeld and David re-tooled their concept, pushing the show to No. 1 by its sixth season.
In a decision to end what would become the most popular and most successful television sitcom in history, Seinfeld turned down $5 million an episode to return to the network for a 10th season. He made a reported $225 million when the show was sold into syndication.
Today, Seinfeld is the highest-paid stand-up comedian on the circuit, earning approximately $90 million a year. He last played the Coronado in 2003. Seinfeld also performed at the theater in 1993.
The Seinfeld TV show cast—Michael Richards, Jason Alexander, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Jerry—was brought back together last month (Oct. 4) for a reunion special on David’s HBO hit show, Curb Your Enthusiasm, on which David also plays himself. While an official Seinfeld reunion hasn’t been announced, the cast is reportedly set to appear on Curb Your Enthusiasm in several future episodes.
Thursday’s (Nov. 5) show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $62, $47 and $77, and are available by calling the Coronado box office at (815) 968-0595 or visiting www.coronadopac.org.
From the November 4-10, 2009 issue