Next year, Jerry Seinfeld will echo Billy Joel’s Madison Square Garden residency by playing New York City’s 2,800-seat Beacon Theatre once a month. The program, dubbed Jerry Seinfeld: The Homestand, will kick off on January 7th and, as with Joel, will be produced by the Madison Square Garden Company, according to The Hollywood Reporter. It’s currently scheduled to run through June, after which he may or may not do more shows.
“My favorite theater in New York to perform in has always been the Beacon,” the comedian said in a statement. “Comedians live for certain houses that just feel ‘alive’ for some reason. The Beacon is that place for me and I am so excited to make it my new home.”
“As a renowned New Yorker whose brand of comedy is rooted in the Big Apple, we are honored to welcome Jerry to the Beacon, his neighborhood theater,” Madison Square Garden Company executive chairman James L. Dolan said.
The comedian explained his affinity for performing in New York at a news conference Tuesday. “When Billy Joel does ‘New York State of Mind’ at the Garden, it’s different,” he said, according to The New York Times. “It sounds different. It feels different than when he does it in Charlotte. So, I thought this is a really unique moment to see a guy who’d come from this area and built his career.”
He also underscored that the shows will feature his “A” material. “You will see my best show here, every time I do it,” he said. “This is not a workshop.”
Seinfeld has so far announced six dates through late spring: January 7th, February 18th, March 2nd, April 14th, May 5th and June 8th. Tickets go on sale December 7th at 10 a.m.
In other Seinfeld news, the comedian recently performed a short set at New York City’s Carnegie Hall as part of a benefit performance for the David Lynch Foundation that also featured Katy Perry and Sting. The organization raises awareness for transcendental meditation and, after about 10 minutes of comedy, the comedian explained the effect that meditation had on his life to the audience.
“It’s been the greatest companion technique of living that I’ve ever come across, and I’m thrilled to be part of this movement that seems to have really been reinvigorated by … David Lynch,” he said. “I would do anything that I could to promote it in the world, because I think it’s the greatest thing as a life tool, as a work tool and just making things make sense.”