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New York’s Comedy Cellar may have bore witness to the greatest night of stand-up comedy ever

on January 15, 2017, 7:48pm

The Comedy Cellar is a favorite spot for New York’s comedy elite, an intimate space where on any given night the likes of Jerry Seinfeld or Louis CK can be found testing out new material. The scene Wednesday night, however, was a bit more special than usual, as those in attendance were treated to one huge surprise set after another.

As the New York Times recounts, Dave Attell, Seinfeld, Amy Schumer, Chris Rock, Aziz Ansari, and Dave Chappelle took the stage in succession, each performing a bit of stand up. As Chappelle remarked to open his own set, “You guys saw a billion dollars’ worth of comedians tonight.”

Ansari was rehearsing for his upcoming gig as host of Saturday Night Live, while Rock was testing material for his forthcoming tour. Seinfeld and Chappelle had come from The Tonight Show, where they had competed in a game of “Catchphrase” with First Lady Michelle Obama. As for Schumer, the Times notes that she “did not expect to perform, but in a hallway with the other comics, she said she wanted in.”

The hundred or so people lucky to be in attendance were prohibited from taking photos or video. However, both Rock and the evening’s MC, Jon Laster, documented the historic evening via social media.

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Tonight I was humbled and blessed to have been a part of the greatest show EVER in the history of the Comedy Cellar and maybe comedy period! We were sitting on the steps when Dave Chappelle told the manager that he didn't wanna go on he just wanted to watch Jerry Seinfeld go on and then he was leaving. He quickly changed his mind and decided to go up. He and Chris Rock then went back and forth about who would be next. Amy Schumer overheard them and asked if she could do five minutes also to be a part of this 'history.' I forgot that Aziz was somewhere outside and needed to go on as well. Felt kinda surreal working with my idols. The Birds, Jordans, LeBrons all in this little hallway but I honestly didn't feel intimidated I felt like I belonged atleast like my work did. I started to excuse myself from this picture and Amy pulled me back into it and said 'fuck that get in the picture you were a part of this!' Thank you soooooo much Estee!! The Lineup: Host: Me Ryan Hamilton Dave Attell Jerry Seinfeld Amy Schumer Chris Rock Aziz Ansari Dave Chappelle Every once in a while we get a glimpse into our growth. My law of attraction is working, my sobriety is working, the people that push me (Tracey Moore), it's working! I am so happy. I am so grateful. I am so humbled. Thank you for any kind words in advance! #comedy #beautiful #lawofattraction #funnyordie #comedycellar #tbt #drinks #food #girls #fitness #yoga #snl #ihashtaglikea17yearoldwhitegirl

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