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Seinfeld was reluctant to take reins as Broadway director

One word seems to best describe Jerry Seinfeld's role as a Broadway director: reluctant.

The star said he began helping comedian Colin Quinn develop material for what would become Quinn's one-man stage show "Long Story Short" and then got roped into directing it, according to The Associated Press.

"There is very little performance comedy that works on his intellectual level. He's one of these guys that can do it. It just needed a form," Seinfeld said during a press event Tuesday to publicize the show. "I kind of challenged him to come up with a form and he did. And then once he did, I was kind of stuck getting involved with it."

In the show, Quinn takes audiences through the history of the world, highlighting why empires always seem to fail. "This show is about how human nature just steps in every time and ruins everything," he said.

The show debuts on Broadway at the Helen Hayes Theatre for an 11-week run starting Friday.

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