Comedian Jerry Seinfeld’s shows in Mumbai cancelled over parking issues

American comedian Jerry Seinfeld's shows, to be held over the weekend, have been cancelled due to issues related to traffic and parking.

Written by Kevin Lobo | Mumbai | Updated: March 13, 2015 6:02 pm
Jerry Seinfeld Jerry Seinfeld was due to perform over the weekend at the National Sports Club of India (NSCI) as part of Stage42 Festival.

One of Jerry Seinfeld’s most famous quotes about his eponymous show, Seinfeld, was that it was “a show about nothing”. And that’s exactly what India got — nothing. The stand-up comic was slated for two shows in Mumbai on March 14 and March 15 but both of them stand cancelled.

According to a press statement, issued by the organisers Only Much Louder (OML): “This cancellation is unavoidable due to circumstances beyond the artist’s and our control. Issues related to traffic and parking at the venue, which were brought to our attention only a couple of days ago, forced the cancellation of all artist travel arrangements until these logistical issues were sorted out.”

The organisers were denied permissions initially on grounds that there wasn’t enough parking space provided and later traffic plans were cited as an issue. Additional Commissioner Traffic Police Quaiser Khalid says, “Permissions were provided to the organisers so I don’t know why this has happened. Since we coordinate with so many departments, permissions are always provided last minute.” According to sources, the permission was granted on Thursday night.

Vijay Nair, CEO of OML, has been in the eye of this storm over the no-show. He says, “We were flatly denied the permissions and were told that weekend shows at the NSCI will not be allowed in the future. After we called off the shows, they told us that we have got clearance.”

Now, OML has to shoulder the monetary burdern of cancellation fees to various stakeholders and ticket refunds. There has been an outcry on social media from fans who have been eagerly awaiting the performance ever since it was announced in February. Praveen Fernandes, an assistant director, booked his ticket a month ago. The die-hard Seinfeld-show fan reflects the sentiment of the many who are disappointed. He says, “It’s a national shame. Seinfeld has followers around the world. What will the world think when they hear that the show got cancelled because of parking issues.”

Nair tells us that it took Seinfeld eight months of convincing to come down to India. “Seinfeld rarely tours and he has never been to Asia. Both we and his team are disappointed that the show had to be called off,” Nair says.

One of Jerry Seinfeld’s most famous quotes about his eponymous show, Seinfeld, was that it was “a show about nothing”. And that’s exactly what India got — nothing. Following the huge AIB roast controversy, the city was gearing up for International comedian and Television personality Jerry Seinfeld but the show got cancelled.

The comedian was due to perform over the weekend (Saturday, March 14 and Sunday, March 15), at the National Sports Club of India (NSCI) as part of Stage42 Festival.

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