Hello, Jerry: Comedian Jerry Seinfeld to play Asheville show in May

Dillon Davis
The Citizen-Times
Comedian Jerry Seinfeld plans to perform May 16th at Asheville's Thomas Wolfe Auditorium.

ASHEVILLE — Comedy great Jerry Seinfeld will return to Asheville's Thomas Wolfe Auditorium this year.

Seinfeld, the star of the famed 90s sitcom bearing his name and host of "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee," returns to Asheville on May 16, his first local performance since 2015. Tickets for the show go on sale March 27 online at Ticketmaster and at the U.S. Cellular Center box office in downtown Asheville.

In its announcement of the show, the U.S. Cellular Center officials note Seinfeld has been "hailed for his uncanny ability to joke about the little things in life that relate to audiences everywhere."


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Seinfeld has been a regular touring comedian since the mid-1970s, making his first appearance on Johnny Carson's "Tonight Show" in 1981. His run as a successful stand-up comic led to his breakout NBC hit "Seinfeld" with Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Jason Alexander and Michael Richards, which ran from 1989-1998 — and got scooped up in a massive streaming agreement by Hulu in 2015.

In the years since the show ended, Seinfeld starred in the animated and recently meme-worthy "Bee Movie"; he's appeared as himself on Larry David's "Curb Your Enthusiasm"; and he's conducted dozens of coffee interviews — ranging from Jon Stewart to Margaret Cho to President Barack Obama — on his web-turned-Netflix show.

He also famously rejected a red-carpet hug request by Kesha, if you'll recall.

Asheville has drawn a number of notable comedians in the past year. Trevor Noah of "The Daily Show" and Hari Kondabolu both played in Asheville last month. Last year, the city also saw visits by Michelle Wolf, Lewis Black, Sebastian Maniscalco, Jay Leno and Aziz Ansari, among others.

Presale tickets to the Seinfeld show go on sale from 10 a.m. March 27 through 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. the following day with the code "JS2019." Tickets to the public will be available at 10 a.m. March 29.