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Comedy icon Jerry Seinfeld is back at Sands Bethlehem Event Center on Sept. 21

Comedy icon Jerry Seinfeld is back at Sands Bethlehem Event Center on Sept. 21
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From a press release:

Following sold-out shows at both the F.M. Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre and the Sands Bethlehem Event Center last year, it was announced today that one of America’s most beloved comedians, Jerry Seinfeld, will return to the SBEC on Saturday, Sept. 21 at 8 p.m.

Tickets, which are $99.50 and $159.50, plus fees, go on sale this Friday, May 17 at 10 a.m. and can be purchased at the Event Center box office (77 Sands Blvd., Bethlehem), and, all Ticketmaster outlets, or by phone at 800-745-3000. A pre-sale for members of the venue’s Music Insiders Club will take place on Thursday, May 16 from 10 a.m.-10 p.m.

Jerry Seinfeld made his stand-up debut at an open mic night in 1976 and appeared on “The Tonight Show” in 1981. After starring in his own television special in 1987, he developed the sitcom “Seinfeld” for NBC with fellow comedian Larry David. The show ran for nine seasons and was the highest-rated show in the United States when the final episode aired in 1998. He later created the reality show “The Marriage Ref” and the interview series “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.”

Seinfeld’s interest in comedy was sparked at an early age through the influence of his father, a sign maker who was also a closet comedian. By age 8, Seinfeld was putting himself through a rigorous comic training, watching television day and night to study the techniques of comedians. Over the years, he developed a unique style of comedy that centered on his wry observations on life’s mundanities.

Seinfeld studied communications and theater at Queen’s College, City University of New York and, shortly after graduation in 1976, he made his stand-up debut at an open mic night in Catch a Rising Star nightclub. He worked his way to an appearance on “The Tonight Show” in 1981, which gave him his first national exposure. By the late 1980s, he was one of the highest-profile stand-up comedians in the United States.

After he starred in his own television special, “Stand-Up Confidential” (1987), Seinfeld was asked to develop a sitcom with NBC. He teamed up with friend and fellow comedian Larry David to create the show “Seinfeld,” which hit the air the following year. Produced and sometimes co-written by Seinfeld, the quirky, widely watched show emphasized loosely structured stories, seemingly insignificant subject matter, and a buddy system of comedy in which the Jerry character often played a straight man to his three tightly wound screwball friends.

The show reached unprecedented levels of popular and critical acclaim, and many of its catchphrases and plot elements became part of the cultural lexicon. Seinfeld returned to stand-up comedy in the late 1990s, embarking on multiple national tours of comedy clubs and theaters, one of which was documented in the 2002 film “Comedian.” He also wrote “Seinlanguage” (1993), a bestselling book of humorous observations, and the children’s book “Halloween” (2003). He also co-wrote, co-produced, and starred in the animated “Bee Movie” (2007). In 2005, Comedy Central named Seinfeld its 12th greatest stand-up comedian of all time.

In 2010, Seinfeld made a return to television with “The Marriage Ref.” This reality show featured a panel of comedians who were asked to weigh in on the real-life conflicts and squabbles of different couples. It was canceled after one season. Seinfeld has fared much better with his interview show, “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,” which debuted in 2012 and is now on Netflix. Over the years, he has talked with such comedy stars as Chris Rock, Tina Fey, and Amy Schumer.

On Sept. 19, 2017, Netflix released his latest stand-up special, “Jerry Before Seinfeld,” where he returns to the club that gave him his start in the 1970s, mixing iconic jokes with stories from his childhood and early days in comedy.