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4:28 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Seinfeld Writer Stars In "The Wonder Bread Years" At The Edison

Pat Hazell in "The Wonder Bread Years"
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A discussion with former "Seinfeld" writer Pat Hazell about his one man show "The Wonder Bread Years" at Washington University's Edison Theatre.

Pat Hazell may be best known for his role as a writer for the Seinfeld show but he’s more than a comedic writer. He also is a performer.

Friday, January 24 and Saturday, January 25 he will perform his one man show “The Wonder Bread Years” at Washington University's Edison Theatre. Described as part stand-up, part drama, the show is a tribute to the memorabilia and paraphernalia of the 1960s and 70s.

To Hazell the era was a prime target for nostalgia for baby boomers like himself. But his nostalgia is marked with humor, not sentimentality. He pokes fun at the commercialized food products (Kool-Aid, Wonder Bread, Spam) and remembers all of the dangerous activities he participated in as a child (riding without a seat belt, for starters).

“The storytelling and the standup are melded,” Hazell said of his show. “There’s an awful lot of jokes per square inch. But the memories are – I touch different touchstones. Some of it’s with media – old filmstrips, family slides, and even some interaction with the audience. I ask them about show and tell items they brought.”

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Edison Theatre's Ovations Series Presents Pat Hazell in "The Wonder Bread Years"
January 24 and 25, 2014
8:00 p.m.
Washington University's Edison Theatre, 6445 Forsyth Blvd.
For more information, call 314-935-6543 or visit the  Washington University website.

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