Jerry Seinfeld's empires satire goes to Broadway

Tue Oct 12, 2010 3:43pm EDT
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Jerry Seinfeld and Colin Quinn are moving their satirical stage show on the rise and fall of empires to Broadway for 11 weeks, the two said on Tuesday.

The one-man show, called "Colin Quinn Long Story Short", directed by Seinfeld and featuring former "Saturday Night Live" comic Quinn, covers more than 2000 years of history's great empires in 75 minutes.

It has been playing off Broadway since June.

Seinfeld told reporters the topic was particularly relevant today as the United States grapples with its roles in Iraq and Afghanistan.

"Empires, like people, continue to do something after it stops working. Like invading Iraq. Worked well the first time, then we tried it again," Seinfeld said on Tuesday.

Seinfeld and Quinn also shed light on current events, such as the Greek economic crisis. "They are the founders of great civilization, but they end up broke," Seinfeld quipped.

Quinn said that the British Empire is his favorite, as "it was a little country, but it psyched people out....In the end, they fell because they over-franchised."

Seinfeld is best known as the star of TV comedy "Seinfeld" which ran from 1989 to 1998. He returned to TV earlier this year as producer and occasional guest of the reality game show "The Marriage Ref."

Quinn spent five years with "Saturday Night Live" and later co-hosted the MTV game show "Remote Control".

<p>Executive producer Jerry Seinfeld answers questions during a panel for the NBC show "The Marriage Ref" at the NBC Universal sessions of the Television Critics Association winter press tour in Pasadena, California January 10, 2010. REUTERS/Phil McCarten</p>