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November 12, 2012

Laughing in the storm: Comics don't shy away from Sandy

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“It’s pitch-dark,” he said. “And there’s a room packed with people laughing. It was so surreal. ... I’m calling it the generator show. It was a really cool thing.”

“You could feel there was something special about the show,” he said. “The audiences were tempered in their mood. You could tell something was up, something was in the air. I knew it was cathartic for people.”

He said a woman approached him after the show to thank him, saying: “You kind of brightened my day.”

Sometimes, comics used the storm to get a laugh at the expense of the crowd, like when Mark Normand looked down from the Comedy Cellar stage at a man with a thin beard.

“I like the beard,” he told him. “Is that because of Sandy? You couldn’t get your razor working?”

And Attell used Sandy to mock a heckler, telling him: “You must have been a load of laughs without power.”

At another point, Attell looked for positives in the storm.

“There’s nothing better than Doomsday sex,” he said.

Mecurio said he has made a point of including the storm and the havoc it caused whenever he takes the stage.

“I feel like as a comedian in the spirit of social satire, it’s what we’re supposed to do,” he said. “It’s the elephant in the room. How do you not do it?”

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