Surprise Set at The Comedy Cellar feat. Ansari, Chappelle, Rock, Schumer and Seinfeld
Written by James Lange
There’s no shortage of comedy legends that will tell you the world of comedy is a rollercoaster. The only
constant is grit, determination, and a lot of ups and downs. But, every once in a while, something
At the Comedy Cellar in Greenwich Village, one of those magical moments unfolded. An unsuspecting
audience seated around the stage, well into their two-drink minimum, heard from the night’s MC, Jon
Laster, that some heavy hitters were going to grace the stage.
Understatement of the century.
It all started with Dave Attell, one of the best known faces of Comedy Central. Then…
Jerry Seinfeld strolled onto the stage. Then…
Amy Schumer added a stop to her Trainwreck. Then…
Chris Rock took the mic and let loose. Then…
Aziz Ansari proved he is much more than a Master of None. And then…
Dave Chapelle crowned a royal night of comedy.
Jon Laster was quoted shortly afterwards, stating: “It was magic, man…the comedic equivalent of
watching a Picasso being painted.”
The Comedy Cellar has a strict rule: no use of cellphones by the audience, period. That means that this
Picasso was not well documented.
Chris Rock did have his iPhone with him and managed to snap a photo, captioned: “Next time you
Nearly three hours of comedic gold unfolded in a place with no phones or cameras. Every one of these
comedy A-listers could fill a stadium with passionate comedy fans. But on Wednesday night, tickets
were just $14 with a two-drink minimum. The size of the audience gave every one of these comedians a
rare treat, an intimate setting with top-billed talent, in the company of other comedic legends.
I think the New York Times summed it up best: “A Billion Dollars Worth of Comedians for $14 and a 2-