A New York comedy membership proprietor insists that stay leisure is “important”, particularly throughout a pandemic
Dani Zoldan joins ‘Kennedy’ to discuss New York shutdown under COVID-19 restrictions.
Comedy clubs and entertainment venues have had problems with coronavirus lockdowns, but Dani Zoldan, owner of Stand Up NY, told FOX Business Network’s Kennedy on Wednesday that comedy should be treated like any other important business.
“People have to laugh and we run out of Netflix shows to watch,” he said. “I think it’s important that we have live comedy. It brings people together. It’s good for your mental health. “
Zoldan said the demand for live entertainment was evident, but the New York City leadership had “not given a lifeline” to support the industry.
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Large-scale productions like NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” have managed to get around restrictions by paying viewers to attend shows and making them temporary workers.
‘Saturday Night Live’ got around the restrictions by paying viewers to attend the weekly sketch show. (Photo by: Kyle Dubiel / NBC / NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
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Meanwhile, the New York Department of Culture has given $ 47 million to well-known venues and organizations such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the New York Philharmonic. Zoldan expressed his anger at the double standard.
“This is basically a death knell for small businesses,” he said. “Not just comedy clubs, all small businesses, music venues. It’s really disgusting. “
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Stand Up NY was able to put on 50 outdoor shows a week over the summer, Zoldan said, but is out of luck now that the winter cold has arrived. Zoldan added that he had decided to reopen his venue if indoor dining would be allowed again.