Jerry Seinfeld Goes Back to Work

Nine years after his sitcom, he's about to resurface. Is there life after fame, wealth and yada yada yada?

Henry Leutwyler for TIME

Jerry Seinfeld at the New York Transit Museum in Brooklyn, New York, on September 14, 2007..

He is immortalized—in syndication and on DVD—standing in his kitchen, eating sugary cereal for dinner, in jeans and sneakers and an untucked shirt. But on a warm, rainy evening in August in a nondescript dressing room backstage in a theater in Colorado Springs, Jerry Seinfeld is dressed as if he were going to church: a dark suit, a crisp, white shirt and an elegant, silvery tie. And he acts a bit devout too, bowing his head in a moment of silence.

But Seinfeld is getting ready for a different sort of ancient ritual: stand-up comedy. "It's...

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