Jerry Seinfeld India Performances Canceled

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The comedy icon was scheduled to perform at the Stage42 festival this weekend in Mumbai, but organizers cited last-minute "logistical Issues."

What would have been Jerry Seinfeld's first performance in India has been canceled due to "logistical issues."

The Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning stand-up comedian was scheduled to perform March 14 and 15 at the Stage42 cultural festival in Mumbai.

"Issues related to traffic and parking at the venue, which were brought to our attention only a couple of days ago, forced the cancelation of all artist travel arrangements pending a resolution of these logistical issues," organizers said in a statement.

On his first India visit, Seinfeld was scheduled to perform at the newly launched multicultural festival organized by Mumbai-based event management company Only Much Louder, which also runs the NH7 music event in major Indian cities.

Organizers said that tickets for the Seinfeld show, priced at $125 (7,500 rupees) and $208 (12,500 rupees) per person, would be refunded.

When Seinfeld's visit was first announced, he had said in a statement, "I have always been fascinated by India and its culture. I have great respect for its people and their way of life. It is a great honor for me to be invited." Seinfeld was due to arrive in India by Thursday, but when permission was denied Wednesday, the Mumbai Mirror said the comedian was asked to cancel his flight.

Last year, Kim Kardashian was scheduled to make a surprise appearance on the Indian version of Big Brother, which airs on Viacom18's Colors channel. But her visit was canceled, reportedly because of a last-minute "visa issue." Kardashian expressed her disappointment via a tweet, saying, "I look forward to rescheduling and meeting everyone soon."

In October, organizers of a student festival at the Mumbai-based Indian Institute of Technology hinted via a Facebook post that Interstellar director Chris Nolan was going to make an appearance. But Nolan's reps clarified that the director was unaware of the event and had no plans to attend. The organizers apologized for causing "all the confusion."