John Mulaney fans with laptops turned away from MSG comedy show
John Mulaney’s Madison Square Garden show on Thursday fell apart before it even started, sources exclusive to Page Six say.
Attendees told us that it was well known that cell phones would be put in pouches at the entrance, but it was never announced that laptops would not be allowed in the theatre.
With no lockers available at MSG, New Yorkers coming straight from their offices were told to go to the Stewart Hotel to find a locker – but were met with long lines and no hope.
“Most people went back to MSG after they couldn’t get a locker at Stewart and then were turned away,” a fan told us. “A guard said, ‘Maybe try the New Yorker Hotel.
“Everyone was like, ‘We live in New York, we come from f–king work.'”
An event manager urged people to try Midtown bar Mustang Harry’s to leave their laptops behind.
There was also a kerfuffle over mobile tickets, which could not be scanned as the Garden locked up phones and smartwatches. As if it were 2003, staffers said people should bring their tickets printed on paper, which in the age of working from home is basically saying, “We’ll fax them to you.”
“If I hadn’t gone to the office, I wouldn’t have known what to do,” said one participant.
While our sources maintain that information about the laptop policy was nowhere to be found, an MSG spokesperson told Page Six that it was “very specific in several places, such as pre-show letters to laptop holders. tickets, the Instagram story specifically mentioning no laptops, and our website event page reminding our guests that recording devices, cell phones and cameras were not allowed.
“Laptops are considered recording devices.”
The spokesperson said “only about 10 people” didn’t return, but added that the venue – like a martyr – “helped accommodate everyone we could with options around MSG, including a nearby hotel”, although it is not “responsible for helping find a storage solution”.
Mulaney has not publicly acknowledged what happened during her first performance at the Garden, but posted photos showing her excitement ahead of the show.