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#22: Jerry Seinfeld is doing a Netflix movie about Pop Tarts.
He dropped in to Gotham tonight to do some new material before leaving a little nugget on stage.
February 22, 2023
Anthony had just finished his set. Ryan and I got up, put on our jackets and snuck out the door of Gotham Comedy Club to get to another show. Ryan rolled a cigarette while we waited for the Uber. Just then, a man in a blazer and Mets cap slipped passed us and was quietly ushered in by the club owner.
We cancelled the Uber, spun on our heels and sheepishly peeled off our jackets, taking our seats for what we knew was about to be a small-scale explosion.
The MC took the stage, pulled out the pin, and dropped the grenade: uttering the magic syllables: the name of the most recognizable comedian on the planet.
The crowd leapt to their feet and went apeshit for a solid 4 minutes.
I turned to Ryan, a comedian in town from Australia, and saw him pulling the same face as me: one of the surreal wonder at the fact that this is something that ‘just happens’ in New York.
Gotham is Jerry’s regular club to try out material when he’s working on something new. It might be a single syllable he’s trying differently, but it needs to be done in a room about the size of Gotham to get an accurate read on the bit.
After 20 minutes on how he hates vacations, he took some time to field questions from the audience: Everything from what it’s like to work with Larry David, to what person in history he would have most liked to have worked with (Peter Sellers). One ballsy New Yorker bellowed “Yo, did you wait ‘til she was 18?” —to which Jerry smiled serenely and nodded, before moving on to the big news he wanted to share:
He’s just wrapped a movie for Netflix called “Unfrosted: The Pop Tart Story”, wherein Jerry plays the inventor of the Pop Tart. He said working with Hugh Grant, who plays Tony the Tiger, was a career highlight.
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