For a man known for a television show about nothing, comedian Jerry Seinfeld's show Wednesday night at the NYCB Theatre in Westbury was certainly about something. His 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. homecoming shows raised funds to help Long Island victims of superstorm Sandy.
Glenn McDonald, 52, of Holtsville was pleased to see Seinfeld return to his roots.
"Jerry is a local son," he said. "Tonight shows he's not forgetting his roots and he's willing to help out people in need."
Paul Joseph, 55, of Port Washington, a longtime admirer of Seinfeld and classmate from Queens College, wouldn't miss the event. "I've been a Jerry fan forever," he said. "He wrote the greatest show of all time. I've seen every episode."
At the first show, the Massapequa native hit the stage to a warm round of applause, following opening acts Colin Quinn and George Wallace. "Long Island, I'm back!" Seinfeld shouted. "You got here and decided to come. Some of you said, 'I see the guy every night. What is there to see? Are the other three even going to be with him?' Going to a show on the same day you have to work is like having two jobs!"
Perhaps the bit that got the biggest response was on marriage. Now that he's a 13-year veteran, Seinfeld, 58, is a pro. "When I got married I didn't realize that I'd be discussing the tone of my voice for the rest of my life," he said. "I thought it was a marriage but apparently it's a musical."
The results? Seinfeld is still the master of his domain.