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On Monday night, Jerry Seinfeld elevated the genre of marital comedy beyond “Take my wife, please” jokes when he performed a benefit show, titled “Marriage is a Beautiful Thing,” at Jazz at Lincoln Center.

 

During the after-party at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Kelly Ripa, who was with her husband Mark Consuelos, said, “We have three kids, so marriage is definitely funny— and ironic.” (As was the dj who included Paul Simon’s “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover” in his set.)

 

The talk show host so identified with Seinfeld’s witty observations, she wondered if the comedian had pulled material from her own relationship.

 

“Everybody thinks it’s always about them,” Seinfeld said, dismissing Ripa’s idea. “I call it the reverse Copernicus theory.”

 

Seinfeld added that his own marriage to wife Jessica, whose Baby Buggy charity benefited from the evening, was fair game when it came to comedy.

 

The only material off-limits is “things that don’t get laughs.”

 

For the record, Jessica said that previously there “have been issues on a couple of points.”

 

A few in the crowd, which also included Sarah Jessica Parker, Narciso Rodriguez and Alexandra Wentworth, whispered that in fact it’s Jessica who is the funny one in the partnership.

 

That was news to Jerry. “She’s welcome to try,” he said. “There are open mic nights every night all over the city.”
 

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