Jay Leno, 72, looks happy and healthy as he makes his triumphant return to stage in Hermosa Beach… two weeks after fiery accident seriously burned his face, chest and hands
- The comedian performed at The Comedy & Magic Club in Hermosa Beach, California, which has served as a home base since 1990s
- He was greeted by a sold-out crowd who were happy to see the comedic legend back at his home club
- Leno arrived with his wife of nearly 42 years, Mavis, by his side
- A crowd of people and media had already gathered in the front of the club
- Leno appeared to be his old self when he went inside to deliver his brand of comedy
- During his set, witnesses say he joked about himself, all while making light of the fiery accident
- Leno was working underneath one of his vintage vehicles when a gas leak set off an explosion at his garage in Burbank on November 12
- He spent 10 days at a burn center before being released November 21
Just six days after being discharged from a burn center following a fiery accident that seriously burned his face, chest and hands, Jay Leno returned to the stage to deliver his brand of comedy, according to CNN.
On Sunday, the legendary comedian was greeted by a sold-out crowd at The Comedy & Magic Club in Hermosa Beach, California, who were happy to see him return for his regular, evening set.
The venue has served as a home base for Leno nearly every Sunday since the early 1990s, as a place where he can test out new material for his stand-up act and old Tonight Show monologues.
Leno, 72, was first seen driving up to the club with his beloved wife Mavis sitting next to him in the passenger’s sat.
When he pulled up there were already lines of people along the sidewalk hoping to get in to see the comedian’s triumphant return in the wake of the the scary accident.
The club’s beachside location has long been a favorite destination for comedians and audience members alike. Many of the top comics like Leno in the industry have and continue to call this their home club.
The staff at the club made a ‘Welcome Back Jay’ sign, which also read ‘We Love You’ on it.
Once inside, Leno and his wife were joined the club’s owner, who sat with them for part of the evening.
From the time he arrived, the New Rochelle, NewYork native looked to be like his old self: in good and happy spirits, while the burns to his hands and face appeared to be healing.
He then proceeded to hit the stage and run off a round of jokes, mostly poking fun at himself, all while making light of the accident.
The accident happened on November 12 while Leno was working underneath one of the many vintage vehicles he owns that’s stored at his garage in Burbank.
As he was wrenching away a gas leak ended up setting off an explosion that lit him on fire.
The funnyman was rushed to the hospital with second- and third-degree burns to his face, chest and hands.
Ultimately, he was transferred to the Grossman Burn Center in Los Angeles, where he would end up being treated for 10 days, which included two surgical procedures to treat his injuries, according to his physician, Dr. Peter Grossman.
The former Tonight Show host was spotted for the first time since the accident this past Monday when he was saying his goodbyes to the team of doctors, nurses and other specialists at the Grossman Burn Center.
In an interview with ET, Dr. Grossman revealed that Leno suffered ‘significant injuries’ but is ‘doing very well,’ which was seemingly helped by being a ‘strong individual’ with a ‘strong attitude.’
Leno is slated to perform three additional shows at The Comedy & Magic Club in December.
Source: Daily Mail