Jerry Seinfeld makes a surprise appearance in a reopened New York comedy club
The New York comedy scene was “electrocuted” with star power on Friday night when Jerry Seinfeld took the stage in a club. The first venues have reopened since the pandemic began.
Seinfeld performed at the Gotham Comedy Club after New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that arts and entertainment venues could reopen with 33% capacity.
“You better think I’ll be on stage tonight,” tweeted Seinfeld on Friday afternoon. “NYC Lives!”
Seinfeld asked the comedy club if he could be “first on stage” for its reopening at 7pm. “They said ‘yes’,” he wrote.
“Like being electrocuted in a good way”
The performance was not announced on the club’s Facebook page, which shared plans to reopen with nine comedians (excluding Seinfeld).
Inside, the tables were separated by 6 feet. Plastic films separated the actors from the audience, reported the CNN subsidiary WCBS.
Still, Seinfeld told WCBS that the energy of the performance was palpable.
“It felt like being electrocuted in a good way,” said Seinfeld. “The moment you laugh, you forget about every problem you’ve ever had.”
Patron Peter Arroyo from Brooklyn was happy about Seinfeld’s surprising appearance.
“He had new jokes that, as expected, were amazing,” said Arroyo. “He’s still as funny as ever.”
Club owner Christopher Mazzilli said he looks forward to getting the club back up and running.
He told WCBS that the limited capacity reopening would be a welcome surprise.
“A few months ago I thought it would be another six or seven months,” said Mazzilli. “So the fact that we are now open [I’m] I’m very, very excited about it, as are my co-workers. “
Seinfeld was rooted for New York from the start
Hailing from Brooklyn, Seinfeld has expressed his belief that the city will recover greatly from the pandemic.
In September, Seinfeld, along with US Senator Chuck Schumer, pushed for federal funds to save the city’s venues.
He previously wrote a passionate comment for the New York Times addressing those who claimed the city was “dead” due to the social and economic consequences of the pandemic.
“We’ll move on to New York City if it’s okay with you,” he said. “And it’ll be the fuck back. Because of all the real tough New Yorkers who, unlike you, loved and understood it, stayed and rebuilt it.
“See you at the club.”