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Jason Alexander wants you to be the best audience you can be


Attention all inspiration-seeking Seinfeld fans: Jason Alexander will soon be sharing motivational tips on the Las Vegas Strip. He’ll be staring in his one-man show, The Donny Clay Experience, at Planet Hollywood starting Feb. 11.

The actor’s titular character is “America’s fourth leading motivational speaker,” Alexander says. “He’s contending with guys like Dr. Phil and Anthony Robbins. … Donny is the biggest schmo in the room.”

The Donny Clay Experience

  • Feb. 11-March 14
  • Planet Hollywood CHI Showroom
  • Doors at 7 p.m
  • Admission $55, 785-5000

A spoof of motivational seminars, the production is structured just as one. It touches an array of issues, including love, diet and exercise and money. And song. “When I sing in the show a lot of people come up and go, ‘Oh my God, I had no idea!’” Alexander says. (Although it may seem surprising, Alexander did win the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical in 1989.) “It’s a pretty cool experience—that’s why we say it’s comedy, music, personal growth and partial nudity.” And with Jerry Seinfeld performing in town, Alexander says there could be a mini-Seinfeld rendezvous. That’s rendezvous—not reunion, as Alexander confirmed, so fans of the iconic show shouldn’t hold their breath.

“Right now most of the world goes, ‘Oh man, if those guys came back for a reunion it would be so great!’ We’d like them to think that,” Alexander say. “So rather than prove them wrong, I think we’ll just leave them thinking that.”

Alexander jokes that Seinfeld could use his character’s advice: “Jerry needs a lot of help. Jerry isn’t making enough money; nobody knows who he is anymore; his best days are behind him and he needs Donny to show him the way.”

Alexander is looking forward to taking advantage of the city’s many leisure options. “I like the energy of Vegas. There’s great restaurants, there’s unbelievable entertainment.” True to his word, he’s been to all of Cirque du Soleil’s productions on the Strip, admitting to seeing KÀ five times alone.

Alexander’s other Las Vegas favorites include Ghostbar, Pure Nightclub and Nobu. Yet you won’t find him indulging in buffets because of a certain new gig.

“I can’t do this anymore because I am Mr. Jenny Craig,” Alexander says. “But man, you give me a Vegas buffet in any hotel and I’m a happy man!”

The actor is also an avid poker player and has competed in both the World Series of Poker and Celebrity Poker Showdown.

“I love the game of poker,” he says. “I don’t think I’m that great at it. I still believe if I’m gonna put $10,000 out and lose it I’d rather give it to a charity.” What’s next for Alexander? He’s working on many projects, but the uncertainty of the industry is preventing him from planting his flag.

“I don’t know if the career that’s ahead of me is a big career, or just one that’s satisfying to me.”

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