By Darren Franich
Updated July 26, 2012 at 04:41 PM EDT
Credit: John Shearer/AP

Almost a decade and a half after Seinfeld went off the air, Jerry Seinfeld has reinvented himself as comedy’s reigning gentleman of leisure. He doesn’t generate his own projects; he’s more likely to pop up here and there, in a cameo on 30 Rock, or a Super Bowl advertisement, or playing himself on Curb Your Enthusiasm. Even when he does commit to a project, he’s never been the headliner: See 2007’s good-not-great Bee Movie, featuring the comedian’s voice, or the deliriously misconceived The Marriage Ref, which Seinfeld produced but pointedly did not host.

Still, there is evidence that Seinfeld is ready to start working steadily again, albeit on his own terms. Last week saw the debut of his new web series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, and now Reuters reports that Seinfeld will be performing stand-up in New York City for five weeks this Fall. He’ll play five shows from October 4 to November 8, with one performance in every borough of the city. “I was born in Brooklyn, went to school in Queens and started out as a comedian in Manhattan,” he explained in a press release. (The implicit message: “Hey, the Bronx and Staten Island are great, too!”) Fellow ’90s refugee Colin Quinn will be his opener; tickets go on sale this Monday.

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