Seinfeld Takes On Anti-Israel Protesters During Australian Comedy Tour

Iconic comedian Jerry Seinfeld expertly handled a group of protesters who disrupted his performance in Melbourne, Australia, delivering a comedic but pointed rebuke.

The incident occurred towards the end of Seinfeld’s set when pro-Palestinian protesters began chanting, “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free!” This chant, which many interpret as a call for the elimination of Israel, was met with Seinfeld’s quick and sharp response.

“Oh, you’re back! They’re back! The protesters are back! I missed you!” Seinfeld joked, as the crowd began to boo the protesters. He then addressed them directly, “Oh, you’re not doing well. It’s so hard for you,” before explaining that both he and the protesters are in the business of persuasion. “Listen, you and I are in the same business. Our business is to get people to see things the way we see it. The problem is, you’re in the wrong place!”

Seinfeld likened their protest to him attempting to perform comedy at a rugby game, suggesting he would face a similar negative reaction. “I would get that same reaction. I would get kicked out on my ass because that’s not where I belong,” he said.

The comedian also pointed out the financial irony of their protest. “I think you need to go back and tell whoever’s running your organization: ‘We just gave more money to a Jew.’ That cannot be a good plan for you. That’s not what you want … you gotta come up with a better plan.”

The protesters were escorted out by police, and Seinfeld continued his show. This incident echoed a similar confrontation in Sydney the previous week, where Seinfeld mocked another protester’s chant with equal wit and sarcasm. “Yes! We have a genius, ladies and gentlemen. He’s solved the Middle East!” Seinfeld had said, humorously undermining the protester’s message.

Jerry Seinfeld’s deft handling of these disruptions not only reinforced his reputation for sharp humor but also underscored the challenges of using live performances as a platform for political protest.