Want to Know Which Comics We’ve Banned at Stand Up NY?
I won’t be naming names here (ok, I will name one comic) but I will tell a few stories which upset the club owners/management which led us to tell our Booker “let’s not book that comic for a while”.
- A comic was so upset with their set that they walked off stage and on their way out of the showroom punched a hole in the wall with his fist. We paid $175 for a roll of wallpaper when we renovated the club back in 2009! So we were pretty upset at the time…
- One night during the summer, our air conditioning went out and the host of night walked off stage after opening the show and went on a tantrum yelling at me “it’s so f***ing hot in that showroom! Run your business! This is your business!”. I’m like, calm down dude things break once in a while.
- When me and my partner Gabe took over the club at the end of 2008, we knew Jerry Seinfeld lived in the neighborhood and we tried to court him and try to get him to come to the club. For two years in a row, we sent over a Zabar’s gift basket to his building before Rosh Hoshanah. We were kinda insulted he still wasn’t coming so we officially banned him from the club and posted a letter in the front window. Eight years later, he finally came in and performed (twice in 2017), both times with his friend and comedian George Wallace.
There has been only one customer that we’ve banned from the club. This gentleman got wasted during the show and tried to get on stage to perform (while a comic was in middle of their set!). Luckily, the comic was Dante Nero (Google him) who wrestled him to the ground and dragged him out of the club.
Besides Seinfeld, we’ve never officially banned a comic. Yes, we sometimes get upset with them and let them cool off by not booking them but we understand the grind that comics go thru (some of them perform 4–5 times a night at multiple clubs) and we try to be compassionate.
Stand Up NY. You never know who will stop by. Or won’t stop by.