Jerry Seinfeld in Peterborough. Peterborough?

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Comedy at the Memorial Centre

Jerry Seinfeld and Mario Joyner performed in Peterborough April 26

Not that there is anything wrong with that, but why would Jerry Seinfeld do a show in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada?

Jerry Seinfeld is one of the world’s most rich and successful comedians of all time. For 9 years his TV show “about nothing” dominated television with its self centred characters and focus on trivial matters blown out of proportion. The TV show changed society and North American culture. Reruns are readily available and still get high ratings. People are always talking about classic episodes of the show and a possible reunion. Yada, yada, yada.

But Jerry Seinfeld put on a very different kind of show in Peterborough Saturday night April 26, 2014. It was one of only two shows in Ontario on a major American tour with the other show in Kitchener the night before. Why Peterborough? That question was never really answered. He made the point in a question. “Do you know how long I’ve been wanting to come to Peterborough?” His answer “Never! Yet it’s a pleasure”. And it was a pleasure to see and listen to Jerry Seinfeld on the stage talking about life and death and relationships in a show that thrilled the packed Peterborough Memorial Centre. He suggested the audience was there because they had nothing else to do. “That’s why I’m here too. I had nothing else to do.”

The warm-up comic act to Seinfeld was Mario Joiner, a black comedian known for his work doing stand-up comedy and collaboration with both Jerry Seinfeld and Chris Rock. Mario was quick to note the lack of ethnic diversity in Peterborough in saying how friendly a town it was. “I met the black community, all ten of them” he quipped. He joked about Canada’s culture being dominated by Tim Horton’s not Starbucks and how he was directed by Canada Customs to go to Tim’s as a necessary thing to do in Canada before he would be allowed to leave. He said he was staying at the Holiday Inn, “Peterborough’s best 4 star hotel”. He suggested that it was scary there having male maids banging on the door early to wake him up and get him out of the room so they could clean it. He talked of hockey, which of course, is something important in Peterborough. Jerry Seinfeld also spoke of hockey and that it was the main thing at the “Memorial Auditorium”. He suggested that he could not get them to remove the ice for his show “but when Elton John was here it was a rider in his contract to remove the ice”. Jerry joked about how far north Peterborough is, but he made the faux pas of referring in one fat joke to “donut holes” which went dead on the Canadian audience, which only knows the fattening treat as Tim Bits.

Both Seinfeld and Joiner spoke about what it is like getting older. Mario Joiner is 52 and Jerry Seinfeld was about to turn 60 three days after the Peterborough show. Joiner spoke of how people tell him “ you look good for your age.” He questioned “why can’t they just say I look good?” Jerry Seinfeld talked about his own life marrying for the first time at 45 and then having three children. Much of his humour was about marriage, relationships and children. He joked about women’s complex brains and superiority over men. He compared men’s simple brains to the minds of dogs, which explains why the dog is “Man’s best friend”. He spoke of how women can’t be pleased and the need for men to simply avoid conflict and be careful what they say. “Marriage is a chess game. It’s not checkers.” He spoke of life and death (burial versus cremation) and how humans evolved to standing up. “Now we just want to sit down and we look for a chair to sit down on every time we enter a room”. The only thing better is a bed “Why get out of bed to do anything?” He spoke of hydration and dehydration. “Once you are thirsty it is too late you are already dehydrated”. He spoke of energy drinks. “Why would anyone want a 5 hour energy drink” since nobody works a five-hour shift. “Why don’t they just go to bed?’

Everything we have turns to garbage including some day the “Memorial Auditorium”. He went on an on praising Ebay as a way we can send our garbage to other people who want it. That skit was reminiscent of George Carlin’s infamous skit about “stuff” but was cleaner. There was of course some toilet humour where Jerry criticized the poor design of public toilet cubicles and also about the effects of coffee. He made fun of the people who carry around giant coffee cups and also the people who have stick people versions of their families pictured on their vans.

The crowd was enthusiastic about both comedians and their energetic performances. After an hour and a half show with no intermission everyone seemed content and happy to leave the “Auditorium” without demanding an encore. It was a great day for Peterborough, when Jerry Seinfeld came to town.

Peterborough’s Hunter Street Bridge

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Fall Colours

View of Otonabee River from Hunter Street Bridge

Our primary symbols for this website are taken from the Hunter Street Bridge which connects downtown Peterborough with the East City across the river. We see this bridge as a key Peterborough landmark with great importance to Peterborough’s history almost equal to the Peterborough Liftlock. The bridge unites the City of Peterborough downtown east and west of the Otonabee River. The East City, as it is now known, was originally the Village of Ashburnham, before it was annexed by the Town of Peterborough in 1904. With an expanded population Peterborough became a city in 1905. There were earlier bridges across the river at Hunter Street but the current Hunter Street Bridge was originally built between 1919 and 1921 and was restored recently, reopening in August 2012. The $8 Million restoration project included 88 terra cotta shamrocks in the railing at the centre, the railing itself, other terra cotta elements including crests of armour and the “Peterborough” inlays at the center, and the large light standards at each end and the middle of the bridge.  Hunter Street is one of Peterborough’s more vibrant streets with many excellent restaurants and other businesses on both sides of the Hunter Street Bridge.

Our website Twitter account @PtboDotOrg uses a shamrock from the Hunter Street bridge as its profile photo.

 

 

Peterborough the City and the County, Ontario Canada

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Peterborough Canada

This is Peterborough, the heart of Ontario

Welcome to our new web source and community website for Peterborough, Ontario, Canada. This was formerly an informational website of Peterborough, England but it has been captured by Canadians and here we are. You can also find our community page on Facebook. We are in the Central East Region of Southern Ontario about 100 KM northeast of Toronto. The City of Peterborough has a population of 80,000 and the Peterborough County total population is 135,000.  The population expands in the summer with many cottagers living seasonally on the lakes.

This website is designed for Peterborough residents and visitors.  The site was just launched on July 7, 2013.  Keep tuned for lots of good things to follow. We will be adding links to local events, businesses, community organizations, services, sights and activities. Our site does not Tweet (yet) but we do post a feed of new #Ptbo posts on Twitter for informational purposes.

Hunter Street Bridge Shamrocks

One of 88 Shamrocks across Hunter St. Bridge