“Jerry Seinfeld & Margaret Cho, 8:00 PM, Sold Out,” reads the calendar on the web site of the Stress Factory comedy club in New Brunswick, under April 21.
According to the New York Times, this event was scheduled in reaction to Cho’s controversial appearance at the club on March 26, when she, reportedly, ditched her usual material and talked, in a serious but rambling and repetitive way, about rape, angering many attendees and inspiring them to leave early. (See video below.)
“I’m sorry that I wasn’t at my best, but maybe in a way, I was,” she said later, in a statement. “I bring the real me and my truth to my work. It’s not perfect, it’s not manufactured, it’s real.”
The appearance with Seinfield, tonight, will reportedly be taped, and footage may be used in Seinfeld’s web series, “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” (Seinfeld recently talked about the incident with Cho while taping a segment with her for the series).
Those who bought to tickets to the March 26 show were reportedly invited to return tonight, for free, with this message from Seinfeld:
At most workplaces, if there’s a problem on the job, there’s a conversation and usually some sort of outcome. But when a stand-up show doesn’t go well, the audience and the comedian both go home unhappy, sometimes not really sure what went wrong.
Seinfeld also reportedly wrote:
So as I was talking with Margaret about this show last week during the taping in L.A., we started wondering, wouldn’t it be something if we could go back to New Jersey, back to that club with the same audience and try to make things right? Have a discussion where both sides — comedian and audience — could talk about what happened? And then both of us could do a show — a sort of redo for the audience?