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Seinfeld returns to NYC with stand-up


Jerry Seinfeld is bringing back his live stand-up comedy to New York City – the place he says he learned to be funny.

It will be the first time he’ll present full live comedy performances in the city since his 1998 Broadway show, “I’m Telling You for the Last Time.”

There will be one performance in each of the five boroughs on Thursday nights in October and November.

Seinfeld says: “I was born in Brooklyn, went to school in Queens and started out as a comedian in Manhattan. I feel like New York City taught me how to be funny.”

The first performance is at Manhattan’s Beacon Theater on Oct. 4.

Each show will feature Colin Quinn.

Dreaming of stage

Katie Couric is about to star in a daytime talk show, but she dreams of starring in a Broadway musical.

The ABC newswoman and TV personality listed several items Thursday from her personal bucket list. Others include going on a date with George Clooney and jumping out of an airplane, despite her fear of heights.

But lighting up the Great White Way may be out of Couric’s reach, based on past experience.

When she auditioned for her high school musical, she revealed, she was cast as a deaf mute. After objecting, she had to make do with the role of a dancing bear.

Couric premieres next month in “Katie,” a daytime syndicated hour. She was speaking to reporters at the Television Critics Association conference.

Happy birthday

Among celebrity birthdays today: Actor Jerry Van Dyke is 81. Singer Bobbie Gentry is 68. Singer Maureen McGovern is 63. Actress Roxanne Hart is 58. Comedian Carol Leifer is 56. Singer Juliana Hatfield is 45. Actor Julian McMahon is 44. Actress Maya Rudolph is 40. Singer Pete Yorn is 38. Actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers is 35.