Hours after landing in Israel, comedian Jerry Seinfeld was spotted at a well-known falafel eatery ahead of his two shows here.
Wearing a blue polo shirt and a New York Mets baseball cap, Seinfeld was photographed ordering food on Friday at Falafel Hakosem, an eatery situated in central Tel Aviv, and considered one of the best in the city.
Seinfield, one of the most famous Jewish comedians of all time, is in Israel with his family, who are in the country for the first time. He is scheduled to perform at Tel Aviv’s Menorah Mivtachim Arena on Saturday night.
Speaking to Hadashot news ahead of the visit, Seinfeld said he he was not planning any special material for the Israeli crowd in his shows here. “It’s special for them, it’s special for me,” he said of his trip to Israel, noting that “Jews in Israel are not like New York Jews, they are not so whiny. Same dog, different breed.”
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But he credited Israel with giving him the impetus to be a comedian, recounting how he spent the summer of 1970 on a kibbutz in northern Israel, cutting leaves in the banana fields.
Seinfeld performed four sold-out shows in a row there during his previous visit to Israel in 2015. He had planned to put on one show, but three more were added after tickets for the first quickly sold out.
The entertainer began working as a comic after finishing high school, and was catapulted to fame by his eponymous sitcom, which aired in 1989-1998 and garnered an immense and abiding following.
Seinfeld resumed his stand-up career when the show ended.
In September, he released a new comedy special on Netflix, titled “Jerry Before Seinfeld.”