Stand Up NY owner argues comedy is ‘essential’ amid pandemic
Dani Zoldan joins ‘Kennedy’ to discuss being shut down under New York COVID-19 restrictions.
Comedy clubs and entertainment venues have been struggling under coronavirus lockdowns, but Stand Up NY owner Dani Zoldan told FOX Business Network's "Kennedy" Wednesday that comedy should be treated like any other essential business.
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“People need to laugh and we’re running out of Netflix shows to watch,” he said. “So I think it’s essential that we have live comedy. It brings people together. It’s good for mental health.”
Zoldan said the demand for live entertainment is obvious, yet New York City leadership has given “no lifeline” in order to support the industry.
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