Jerry Seinfeld performs in Sarasota

The star of one the most popular TV shows ever comes to Van Wezel

March 6, 2014 

David Lynch Foundation A Night of Comedy

Jerry Seinfeld performs on stage at the David Lynch Foundation: A Night of Comedy honoring George Shapiro at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in 2012, in Beverly Hills, Calif. ASSOCIATED PRESS

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For nine years, he starred in one of the most iconic and most often-quoted sitcoms in television history. Now Jerry Seinfeld is coming to Sarasota.

He'll be at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall for two shows March 7.

If you don't already have tickets, though, you may have to content yourself with watching some "Seinfeld" reruns on TV that night. Both his shows are sold out. (Don't abandon hope, though, because sometimes tickets are released shortly before the show.)

Seinfeld was one of the biggest stars in stand-up comedy before his show started, of course, and his eponymous character on his sitcom was a comedian.

And through most of the show's run, he started and ended each episode with a snippet of stand-up.

So even while he was at the helm of the biggest hit on TV, Seinfeld never left the world of stand-up, and his clever observational and often self-effacing humor appeals to audiences as much as his sitcom did.

A mini "Seinfeld" reunion in Sarasota is possible. John O'Hurley, who played a fictional version of clothing maven J. Peterman on the show, will finish up a run of "Chicago" at Van Wezel on March 5. Seinfeld comes into town March 7, so they may cross paths Thursday.

Details: March 7, Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Show times: 7 and 9:30 p.m. Tickets: Sold out. Information: 941-953-3368, www.vanwezel.org.

-- Marty Clear

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