Monday, August 3, 2009

Seinfeld Drops in at Gotham

Walked into the Gotham Open Mic last Thurs (where you can find heavy-hitters such as Luke Cunningham, Ray DeVito and Michael Terry hone their craft), and they announced that Seinfeld may be dropping by to do a set at the 8:00PM show. My husband Luke and I stayed, and thanks to some shy girls ahead of us, we scored seats front row, center.

William Stephenson emceed, and Jesse Joyce performed at the top of the show, followed by a flawless performance by Tom Papa. The William announced there was a special guest that would like to do a set, and when he said Seinfeld's name, the crowd gasped and applauded. But when Seinfeld walked in, several people jumped to their feet and shouting became a loud colliseum roar. It was like the sand beast that guards the Cave of Wonders in Aladdin. "YEAAAAAH! SEINFELD! WHO DISTRURBS MY SLUMBERRR."

"I've been doing a lot of thinking about coffee," he says as a waitress places a mug in front of Luke. "Is that coffee?"
Luke: No it's tea.
Seinfeld: tea?
Luke: I'm a tea guy.
Seinfeld: You're a tea guy?

Helen Hong did the honors of following the man, which for any comic is not a terribly desired spot. She did a fantastic job of cracking everyone up, and then headliner Nick Griffin rounded out the lineup to make for an excellent show.


Mo Diggs said...

Wow I give Helen Hong props

soce said...

See, that's why I love comedy shows. You'll just about never go to a music show to see some random band you're friends with, and then The Beatles decide to drop by (or some other revered group that still actually exists), but comedians will totally just show up on the fly because there's no setup involved..

You don't have to lug instruments or make sure all the cords work-- You can just get up on stage and try out some new jokes!!!

H. Alan Scott said...

oh i wish i could have been there!!

Abbi Crutchfield said...

@ Mo: Yeah, Helen rocked that joint.

@ Soce: It was so thrilling. Like living inside the movie, "Comedian"! (I play the role of Barry Katz)

@ H. Alan Scott: You were there in spirit. You have to explore the Wild West!