Seinfeld, Fallon and Clintons Turn Out for Newman Benefit

Jerry Seinfeld

Clinton clan surprises crowd with appearance

Jerry Seinfeld, Suzanne Vega, Ingrid Michaelson and Stevie Wonder were among the featured performers at the April 4  fundraiser honoring lobbyist Lizzie Robbins and benefiting Paul Newman’s SeriousFun Children’s Network.

Co-hosted by Harvey Weinstein and Joanne Woodward, the swanky affair at Chelsea Piers began with a cocktail party overlooking the Hudson River and ended with a performance by Wonder while guests danced in a conga line that snaked around the room.

Jimmy Buffet congratulated Robbins via satellite before Sen. Chris Dodd took the stage.

“I am a recovering U.S. State Senator,” Dodd said a delighted aud that included Tony Bennett, John McEnroe and Melanie Griffith.

Seinfeld, sporting a buzz cut, entertained with a stand-up comedy routine that included talk of Pop-Tarts, shredded wheat, frozen orange juice and cream of wheat. “Nowadays they have five-hour energy drinks. Five hours is a weird amount of time. Who is working one to six? If you need five hours of energy, just go to bed,” said Seinfeld.

Chelsea, Hillary and Bill Clinton surprised the crowd with their appearance. They were on hand to present an award to Robbins.

“One of my earliest memories is of visiting Lizzie on Long Island with my parents,” said Chelsea. “At the beach, Lizzie encouraged me to run and throw sand, things my parents may not have been so thrilled about.”

Jimmy Fallon and Mayor Michael Bloomberg also made brief appearances on stage.

“I am taking on a show that will air on NBC before Jimmy’s after I leave office in 271 days,” joked the mayor. “My sax player was here before. He was sitting next to Hillary Clinton.”

Filed Under:

Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY.
Post A Comment 2

Leave a Reply


Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More Scene News from Variety