Jerry stopped to talk on his way home, saying the energy inside was so intense he felt like he had gotten electrocuted.
It’s kinda funny … Jerry said — believably — he worried he might have forgotten to do stand up it had been so long, but turns out it was just like riding a bike, or in Jerry’s case, playing tennis.
And, the most interesting comment came when someone asked how comedy has changed in the last year amid cancel culture. He shot back … “Comedy never changes. It’s funny or it’s not.”
He makes a solid point — comedy uplifts people and lets them shelve their problems for a few hours, and mental health may be our biggest challenge coming out of COVID.
Jerry: “We’re all good, everyone’s good. New York is going to come back. I’ve been in LA, I’ve been in Florida. There’s a lot of great places in this country but no place feels like this place. And, people who think they will get used to not living here … real New Yorkers will realize it doesn’t work. Only New York is New York.”
Jerry, a die-hard New Yorker who railed on a comedy club owner last fall for declaring New York dead, said anyone who bailed on the City is now filled with regret.