Jerry Seinfeld will donate his proceeds from the ticket sales of his New York performances to programs benefiting students in the New York City public schools, it was announced today by HBO. The funds will be distributed through the nonprofit organizations PENCIL and ArtsConnection, which work to enhance the educational opportunities in New York City public schools.
Seinfeld will perform ten shows on Broadway at the Broadhurst Theater (235 W. 44 St.) from Wednesday, Aug. 5, through Sunday, Aug. 9, culminating with a live telecast on HBO entitled Jerry Seinfeld: "I'm Telling You For The Last Time": Live On Broadway, presented Sunday, August 9 (9:00-10:15 p.m. ET; tape-delayed PT). This rare stand-up special, Seinfeld's second solo stand-up show for HBO, will feature him performing some of the classic stand-up material that established him as a major comedy talent.
Said New York City Schools Chancellor Rudy Crew, I am delighted that Jerry Seinfeld has generously agreed to support the New York City public schools. The involvement of PENCIL ensures that monies get to those schools that need it the most. And, of course, ArtsConnection is an ideal way to enhance arts training in the schools.
PENCIL (Public Education Needs Civic Involvement in Learning) fosters meaningful corporate and community involvement in New York City public schools. In addition to its flagship program, Principal for a Day, which annually involves more than 1,000 influential leaders in government, business and other areas of the private sector, PENCIL has spearheaded the New York City Youth Video Festival for high school students; Music Gives, in conjunction with Def Jam, bringing music performers and executives to schools; and the PENCIL Book Fund, which provides more than one million new books every year to New York City public schools. It has also produced long-lasting relationships and system-wide initiatives supported by the private sector and administered by PENCIL.
ArtsConnection, New York City's premier arts in education organization, is helping to bring the arts back to the public schools and use the arts to re-invigorate teaching and learning. With a roster of 350 performing and visual artists and an array of programs that link the arts to the curriculum, ArtsConnection annually reaches a total audience of 300,000 children, teachers and families in 130 under-served schools with 9,000 events -- performances, workshops, residencies and training sessions. Through its work, ArtsConnection seeks to make the arts accessible, engaging and educational, and to stimulate creativity, develop problem-solving skills, foster cooperation and build self-esteem.
Jerry Seinfeld's New York City dates will be the culmination of an international tour that began this June, and includes such cities as Melbourne, Sydney, Stockholm, Reykjavik and London.
Seinfeld made his HBO debut in 1981, when he appeared on The Sixth Annual Young Comedians Special, which was followed by his first special, Jerry Seinfeld: Stand-Up Confidential, in 1987. He was born in Brooklyn, raised in Long Island, and worked the comedy club circuit for five years before landing an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, a turning point in his career that would lead to many more Tonight Show spots and the development of his hit series Seinfeld.
Jerry Seinfeld is executive producer of Jerry Seinfeld: "I'm Telling You For The Last Time": Live On Broadway. It will be produced and directed by Marty Callner.
Plans for ticket sales for Seinfeld's New York performances will be announced soon.