He's no Jerry Seinfeld, but the Dalai Lama is proving as popular in Pittsburgh.

Tickets for the Buddhist spiritual leader's talk scheduled for Nov. 12 are selling briskly. Half of the venue's 2,661 seats were sold out Monday, the first day the tickets were offered.Although staff at Heinz Hall don't keep formal records of sellouts, the Dalai Lama ranks with Seinfeld, Johnny Mathis and James Taylor as the fastest-selling ticket at the hall, said Stacy Corcoran, assistant director of sales.

Two other Dalai Lama appearances on Nov. 12 in Pittsburgh are selling just as well.