Monday, August 3, 2009
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.
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.