Jerry Seinfeld makes New York theatre home

New Yorker and comedian Jerry Seinfeld at a press conference at the Beacon Theatre on Dec 1, 2015, in New York.
New Yorker and comedian Jerry Seinfeld at a press conference at the Beacon Theatre on Dec 1, 2015, in New York. PHOTO: AFP

NEW YORK (AFP) - Comedian Jerry Seinfeld, who shot to international stardom in the award-winning television sitcom Seinfeld, returns to the stage next year with a residency in New York.

He will perform once a month at the Beacon Theatre in Jerry Seinfeld: The Homestand, and tickets to the first six shows will go on sale next Monday.

"Comedians live for certain houses that just feel 'alive' for some reason," he said. "The Beacon is that place for me and I am so excited to make it my new home."

The 61-year-old multi-millionaire won fame with the 1990s semi-autobiographical comedy series Seinfeld, which he co-created with Larry David and which ran to nine seasons on NBC.

The 2,800-seat Beacon on the Upper West Side is a revered New York theatre, which in 2008 underwent restoration work to recapture its original 1929 grandeur.

"Jerry Seinfeld is one of the most influential and respected comedians of all time," said Mr James Dolan, executive chairman of The Madison Square Garden Company that owns the theatre.

"As a renowned New Yorker whose brand of comedy is rooted in the Big Apple, we are honoured to welcome Jerry to The Beacon."

Seinfeld lives in New York with his wife and children. He remains an active comedy stand-up performer.

The first performance will be on Jan 7, and ticket prices range from US$79 to US$175 (S$110 to S$245), the Beacon announced.