He’s not laughing.
The co-owner of an Upper West Side comedy club that was dinged by Jerry Seinfeld after his colleague declared the Big Apple “dead forever,” has come out swinging against the “cold and arrogant” comedian.
Dani Zoldan — who owns StandUp NY with original viral essayist James Altucher — told The Post on Tuesday he didn’t have high opinions of Seinfeld even before he tore into Altucher’s essay and the club in a New York Times op-ed.
“It’s known in the comedy industry. He’s just cold and arrogant. He’s just not a nice guy,” said Zoldan, 39.
“All of these woke people are saying how wonderful his article is, maybe they do know or don’t.”
The war of words began last week with Altucher’s online screed decrying the decline of “business opportunities, culture and food” in the city amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Seinfeld then responded by writing off Altucher as a “putz” and ragging on the comedy club, which has been shuttered since New York locked down in March.
“It could use a little sprucing up, if you don’t mind my saying,” Seinfeld wrote.
Zoldan said that unlike his business partner’s “very pessimistic” prognosis, he believes the future for the Big Apple is bright — including for StandUp NY, which is hosting a series of outdoor shows in parks and on rooftops.
“I think if we weren’t doing the park shows, and actually doing our part to help the city, I think the article would’ve been a disaster for the club and I would’ve been more upset at James for writing it,” he told The Post.
“New York is the best. I think this will always be the place where people find the most opportunity.”
But the club owner slammed Seinfeld as “hypocritical,” saying he’s done little to support the hometown business even before the pandemic ravaged the entertainment scene.
“I think comics like him should that grew up in these clubs should be supporting them more,” Zoldan said.
Zoldan said they once went to great lengths to get the comedian to perform, even sending him a Zabar’s gift basket two years in a row on the Jewish new year of Rosh Hashana.
But they never got a thank you and, years later, when he Seinfeld showed up, he wasn’t kind to the fans.
“Whenever he’s in the bar at the club and fans walk up to him, there’s no interest and he turns his back walks away,” Zoldan said.
Zoldan, however, said he would give the comedian an opportunity for redemption.
“He’s always welcome. It would be nice if he could be nicer and warmer to people when he comes to the club,” he said.
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