HELENA - Tickets to a performance by comedian Jerry Seinfeld were practically sold out within five hours, and organizers of his Helena appearance quickly scheduled a second show.
The manager of the Helena Civic Center, where Seinfeld is to perform Nov. 4, said she had not seen such a level of enthusiasm since a show featuring another comedian, George Carlin, sold out nine years ago.
Two-thousand tickets went on sale Monday. After five hours, only 50 remained and those were for scattered seats. Tickets for the additional show went on sale Tuesday, at $45 to $75.
Scott Kall was the first person in the ticket line Monday.
After an early-morning return from a concert by country music performer Brad Paisley in Spokane, Kall was at the Civic Center at 6 a.m. and sat in a chair at the front door. He said he will rush back from a Rolling Stones concert in Portland, Ore., to catch Seinfeld.
Kall, a trombonist with a couple of performing groups, bought eight Seinfeld tickets and then left for his job as personnel manager for the Helena Symphony Orchestra.
"I'm too tired to be excited," he said.
Tickets were also beinig sold at a Helena bookstore.
It took about 15 minutes for Seinfeld's representatives to agree to a second show, said Diane Stavnes, Civic Center manager.