Jerry Seinfeld is no crimefighter when it comes to stopping scalpers at his Broadway shows

Jerry Seinfeld’s Broadway shows, which start tonight and culminate in Sunday’s live HBO show at 9 p.m., sold out in an hour, and scalpers are now charging unfunny sums for these treasured tickets. Reports have some brokers charging $250, $500, and even $1,500 for tickets with a face value of $75. But don’t come crying to Seinfeld. “It does bother me, and as a comedian, I realize it’s important for me to fight crime wherever I see it,” he jokes. “But I don’t know if I’m really the person who’s best equipped to handle the situation. Telling jokes from the stage, it’s really hard to change the criminal mind-set.”

Crime aside, Seinfeld is happy to be performing in New York, which is America’s comedy capital: “Humor is really a New York invention, as far as I’m concerned. All people from New York are funny, and get funnier as they get older here. And everyone outside of New York gets less and less funny.” The comic believes that “Seinfeld” would have been a funnier show if it had been produced in New York (though set in Manhattan, the series was filmed in L.A.). “If we wrote the show in New York, it would have been better because when you walked to work, you would have seen something. That’s where you get ideas as a writer, going down to the dry cleaner and watching people have an interaction. But in L.A., you’re less involved with the general public…. You’re working from a memory of living, because you’re not having that many experiences.”

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