Comedy Club Vandalized, With Paint Sprayed Over Joe Biden, Kamala Harris and Part of a Menorah

Stand Up NY, the comedy club on 78th Street just off of Broadway, was vandalized on Friday. Someone spray-painted over the window, covering up photos of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris that had been set up inside the window. The vandal also painted partially over a menorah set up inside too. Co-owner Dani Zoldan explained what happened:

New Banksy artwork or vandalism? Well, this sucks. Someone felt the need to spray paint over pictures of Biden and Harris (and our Menorah?) that were displayed in our storefront.

We’re neither democrat or republican. We’re fiercely independent thinkers and we’re not shy of standing up for what we believe in.

Yes, we were excited that Biden and Harris won the election but we also think our democratic mayor, governor and local officials are doing a terrible job in New York City especially the inaction to help small businesses struggling during the pandemic.

We’ve filed a police report and we’re currently combing thru video footage to see if we can find the culprit. If we do, we’re gonna organize a show and roast this f***er. 🔥🔥🔥

Stand Up NY has been protesting city and state rules that have kept the club closed during the pandemic, arguing that it’s not fair that Saturday Night Live can perform shows with a live audience when small clubs have to shut down. To make do, the club has been holding shows outside, in religious spaces like churches, and even in a subway car.

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Here’s the window prior to vandalization:

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    1. Dan says:

      This world is on its ear right now, but for this to happen on 78th street is infuriating and demoralizing!
      If this was an attempt at comedy, your joke bombed!

    2. Westsidegal says:

      “Independent thinkers” thanks, I needed a good laugh.

    3. nemo paradise says:

      I think it was the guy in the reflection taking the picture.

    4. Ella says:

      If you are neither democrat or republican than why display Biden/Harris in your window? I am an Independent and was very upset that they stole the election, as are many other Independents/Republicans.

      • Uwsgrl says:

        Well Ella,
        1) It’s possible to be neither a Democrat or a Republican but still have a preference of a particular candidate, or possibly, an aversion to a particular candidate which causes you to vote for the opponent
        2) Not all independents lean republican
        3) It is possible to believe one party is better for national interests, while one is better for local, as these people seem to do
        4) And lastly, for the one millionth time, no one stole any election. He won the popular vote by more than 7 million and there has been no substantiated evidence of voter fraud. You may not like or agree with the results, but nothing was “stolen”.

      • Bob says:

        Ella, if there were evidence of fraud — and I mean real evidence, not obviously-manufactured and easily-disproven claims that fall apart the second they enter a courtroom — then we’d all be upset. There’s not. It is 100% fantasy, the stuff of conspiracy theories. And if fantasies upset you… I mean I don’t know what to say. I don’t want to sound harsh, but the election fraud you’re claiming just isn’t based in reality.

      • C says:

        Well given that Biden and Harris are the next president and VP, why wouldn’t they ?

      • Barbara R. says:

        Ella, I would say you’re a Republican. And, FYI, the election wasn’t stolen. The only thing stolen was the money Trump collected from his supporters to file those lawsuits and to hold rallies. At that point he lost the election, but still took advantage of his peeps to prosper off of their gullibility.
        I loved the pics of Biden/ Harris and wanted to get a pic of the window. Too bad I didn’t do it before the window was vandalized. Hope they get those f*****’s.

        • Wendy says:

          This sounds like petty vandalism. Sad, but petty crime seems be up. But for your Joe fix, Buceo 95, the restaurant on W. 95th St between Bway and Amsterdam, has many Joe Biden headshots (wearing a Santa cap), all over its storefront windows. It’s fabulous. And Ella, stop smoking that dope. You’re clearly in LaLa land.

      • Sharon Katz says:

        Stolen election? 50 court case — 50 thrown out with a laugh. No evidence of voter fraud or anything stolen except the morals of The Donald: draft dodger, pussy grabber, tax evader. Do you need more evidence? How about a long, storied 50 year career of business cheating. 3,500 civil lawsuits pending and 14 sexual assault cases. FACT.

      • Jay S says:

        Ella,
        Get real. Stop watching Fox, or reading Facebook. The numerous election court cases had NO evidence ! Many were thrown out by Republican appointed judges, including Trump. Just false claims with ABSOLUTELY NO PROOF. What planet are you on? Pay attention Trump is dangerous to our democracy, and has made us the laughing stock of the world. Period!

    5. Natali says:

      I would mostly agree with what Stand Up NY is saying about all of this including that SNL shouldn’t be able to have a live audience but that doesn’t mean SNY should too. The operative word in “small club” is small. I’ve been to SNY and it is. I would imagine there’s more space for the audience at SNL.

    6. The Big E says:

      Imagine if they had Trump and Pence pictures in 2016…. Would be torched….

      Yet this is news, some spray paint on a window the precious dream team of Biden and Harris

    7. jujubean says:

      maybe the culpert is sick and tired of people politizing everything?

    8. kdiaz says:

      After what the Left did this summer across multiple cities including NYC, this minor stunt is supposed to be an outrage? Give me a break.

      • Hank says:

        KDiaz doesn’t think it’s an outrage to spray over a menorah?
        KDiaz needs to brush up on a little history and maybe have some respect for religions other than their own. You can’t rid the world of the Jews by spray painting over them. Sorry!

        • Anita says:

          Oh my goodness! What did “ the left” do this summer? Protest racism and injustice that continues to ruin all of our lives? Yes, KDiaz. Even yours.

    9. G.Locke says:

      Slow Newsday.

      That window does not look terribly good before spray paint artwork … unless it is meant to be pure comedy. I am not a Trump fan by the way. Never was. Never will be.

    10. Sam says:

      Under vandalism laws spray painting another’s property with the purpose of defacing it is a crime. Once caught, the vandal should be fined and ordered to clean the window.

    11. Lorene says:

      Who cares what their politics are? This was vandalism to private property, and that’s against the law, at least it was the last time I looked.