Laughter is back in NYC.
Sources tell Page Six that an all-star lineup including Chris Rock, Amy Schumer, Ray Romano, Dave Attell, Colin Quinn, and Louis C.K. have all hit the stage at the Comedy Cellar since the iconic club’s reopening on Friday.
“It’s very emotional,” owner Noam Dworman tells Page Six. “It’s been a long time since we’ve all seen each other, and a lot of feelings welled up in people that they weren’t expecting. A lot of tears all around.”
The club is open at one-third capacity and has a curfew of 11 p.m., with most shows being completely sold out on all four stages spread over two venues.
Dworman tells us, “We’re taking a big financial hit opening our doors.”
“Normally, we would be finishing our last show at 3 a.m. in the morning,” he said. “You are talking almost five hours of business we are not allowed to do.”
“I’m pretty optimistic that the vaccines will get New York fully open in the next few months,” he told us, hedging, “Although when tourism comes back is a big ‘if.’”
Other venues like Stand Up NY and New York Comedy Club also opened on Friday, all with COVID precautions.
Jerry Seinfeld helped reopen Gotham Comedy Club, telling reporters that doing a set after a pandemic year “felt like getting electrocuted in a good way — in a good way.”
“Comedy is more than just interesting and amusing. It like, changes your mood. It’s one of the few things that really can change how you feel and give you a little bit of real relief. In the moment of a laugh you forget every problem you’ve ever had,” Seinfeld said.