Stand Up NY Shutdown Lawsuit vs. Cuomo is No Laughing Matter
James Mermigis, the ‘Anti-Shutdown Lawyer’ files suit on behalf of Stand Up NY Comedy Club to operate under the same guidelines as restaurants and bars.
New York, NY March 1, 2021: Comedy club owner Dani Zoldan filed suit against the Cuomo Administration for unfair treatment. With help from Larry Sharpe, the 2018 Libertarian Party candidate for Governor and host of The Sharpe Way, he retained Constitutional Attorney James Mermigis to reopen Stand Up NY following New York restaurant and bar guidelines.
It's been one year since live comedy shows in New York City (indoor and outdoor) have been strictly prohibited - even when indoor dining has been allowed.
We believe laughter is a source of joy and positive and it has been scientifically linked to mental health benefits. In such a challenging and unprecedented year, many venues including ours have been active in producing thousands of comedy shows in parks, rooftops and subways for New Yorkers since the pandemic started.
On February 8, Governor Cuomo announced that the city will be producing free star-studded pop up shows across the five boroughs while venues have received zero guidance as to when they can reopen.
Instead of forcing us to go underground, we are demanding that Governor Cuomo allow venues to be able to operate under the same guidelines as restaurants and bars and allow us to safely reopen.
Knowing how critically important laughter is to life, particularly during difficult times, we were determined to keep comedy alive and are asking for your help by signing this petition to pressure Governor Cuomo to legalize comedy in the city we all love.