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Jason Alexander’s new one-man show at Harrah’s reveals ‘Seinfeld’ secrets, pokes fun at Las Vegas


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Jason Alexander prepares for his one-man show at Harrah’s Las Vegas.

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Jason Alexander attends his after-party at Kerry Simon’s KGB: Kerry’s Gourmet Burgers on Sunday, April 13, 2014, at Harrah’s Las Vegas.

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Jason Alexander.

It all starts out innocently enough: “Seinfeld” star Jason Alexander is seated behind a piano singing as he begins his one-man show. The audience doesn’t know if he will be serious or funny. It’s a song to Las Vegas about how much he loves our town.

At the same time, he pokes fun at our city talking about Donny and Marie Osmond being the nicest couple he knows and throws in zingers about prostitution. It’s a variation of the song “I Love” that he’d already written but customized along with matching videos for his new Las Vegas run.

He takes a potshot at Harrah’s, where he’s performing every weekend into May, likening it to the Stardust, which deservedly was knocked down in 2007. Jason explains his love for gambling as a lead-in to a riotous love-shtick segment, first with a man and then with a married couple who wind up onstage with Jason spraying water on their complaints about each other.

It’s all good-natured because he wound up dancing with both of them to the music of “Close to You.” Jason told me in an earlier interview about his bald hair and his wigs. In this new show, he never goes bald. But he winds up putting different wigs atop his permanent toupee.

Producer Seth Yudof told me: “He also does a Q+A session with the audience about the 14 years of ‘Seinfeld.’ It’s really funny. He’s really good off the cuff and with his improv material. He’ll answer any question about that show. Some you’d expect, but often there are some never-before-told secrets.

“Last night during the Q+A, someone said, ‘What was your favorite behind-the-scenes moment?’ Without missing a beat, Jason said: ‘That would have to be the three-way with Julia.’ ”

The show ends with a big Broadway medley of the musicals he would never be cast in as a short, balding Jewish guy.

“That’s when he puts on a bunch of wigs and uses a lot of props,” said Seth. “He was very well received — people love him. He has a meet-and-greet every night, and almost the entire theater lines up for him.”

“He’s enjoying the Las Vegas visit. He’s used to doing one show at a time here, there and everywhere, so here he gets to know the town a lot better.”

Hollywood friends and celebrities are set to visit Jason during his run. The show officially moves into the 9:30 p.m. time slot as of Friday for the remainder of its initial four-week run, and already there has been talk of him returning this summer for extended dates. Jason has said that he’d like a part-time Strip residency:

“This is really loosey-goosey, straight-up standup comedy about all kinds of things that we all bump into. It’s got a little bit of autobiographical stuff in it for comedy purpose. Out of the 90 or so minutes of the show, about 20 minutes of it is music, but it’s all funny stuff.

“Nothing is meant to be dramatic or important or sophisticated. Playing with people in the crowd becomes improvisational, and it becomes very specific to that audience, so everybody gets a little bit of a different experience.”

Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.

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