Cowan Center opens season with Jerry Seinfeld Sept. 15

Jerry Seinfeld during a stand-up comedy routine. Courtesy.



The Cowan Center will open its new season with popular stand-up comedian and actor Jerry Seinfeld.

Seinfeld has been performing since the 1980s – first as a stand-up comedian in clubs and on late-night television. He is best known for his self-named long-running television series.

The show about a group of friends in New York City celebrated the absurdity of life and ran for nine years on NBC. TV Guide and Vanity Fair magazines include the comedy among its list of the best television shows ever. On the television show he, played a fictionalized version of himself.

Because the show ended, he has returned to stand-up comedy and has worked behind the scenes on television, film and stage projects.

Seinfeld's appearance at The University of Texas at Tyler performance hall is set for 7 p.m. Tickets are available through the center's website, or by calling the box office, 903-566-7424.

On his website, Seinfeld shows clips from some of his appearances on late-night talk shows and performances.

He said he hopes it will help inspire a new generation of comedians.

"When I was 10 years old, I started watching stand-up comedians on TV. I fell in love with them and I'm just as fascinated with stand-up comedy today. When I started doing TV, I saved every appearance on every show I did.

"I've also included stuff I'm doing now, and I'll be adding new stuff as I go. Somewhere out there are 10 year olds like I was, just waiting to get hooked on this strange pursuit. This is for them. I'm just hoping somehow it will keep this silliness going."



Also coming to the Cowan Center this season


Performing Arts Series

-- The Aluminum Show, Oct. 29

-- Cirque Dreams Holidaze, Dec. 1

-- Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, Feb. 21, 2017

-- The Illusionists: Live from Broadway, March 9, 2017

 Broadway Series

-- "Pippin," Jan. 31, 2017

-- "42nd Street," March 2, 2017

-- "Dirty Dancing," March 21-22, 2017

 Encore Celebration Series

-- Jeff Foxworthy, Oct. 22

-- "Greater Tuna," April 7, 2017

 Braithwaite Intimate Gathering Series

-- Jackie Evancho, Jan. 21, 2017

-- Jim Brickman – An Evening of Romance, Feb. 14, 2017

 Special Events

-- Jay Leno, Feb. 4, 2017

--Black Violin, April 11, 2017

 Distinguished Lecture Special Series

-- Ben Carson, Sept. 27

-- Charles Krauthammer, Oct. 25 (speaking at Maude Cobb Center in Longview)

 Arts in Education Series

-- Bill Blagg's the Science of Magic, Nov. 17

-- ArtAttack, Feb. 17, 2017

-- Black Violin, April 11, 2017




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