John Mulaney’s show at Madison Square Garden Thursday fell apart even before it started, sources tell Leak Herald exclusively.
Attendees tell us it was widely known that cellphones would be put into pouches upon entry, but it was never announced that laptops would not be permitted in the theater.
With no lockers available at MSG, New Yorkers coming straight from their offices were advised to head to the Stewart Hotel to find a locker — but were met with long lines and no hope.
“Most people walked back to MSG after not being able to get a locker at Stewart and then were turned away,” one fan tells us. “One guard said, ‘Maybe try the New Yorker hotel.’
“Everyone was like, ‘We live in New York, we came from f–king work.’”
One manager at the event wildly advised people to try Midtown bar Mustang Harry’s to leave their laptops.
There was also a kerfuffle over mobile tickets, which could not be scanned due to the Garden locking up phones and smart watches. As if it were 2003, staffers said people needed to bring their tickets printed out on paper, which in the work-from-home era is basically like saying, “We’ll fax them to you.”
“If I hadn’t gone to the office, I wouldn’t have known what to do,” one attendee says.
While our sources maintain information about the laptop policy was nowhere to be found, a spokesperson for MSG tells Leak Herald it was “very specific in multiple places like pre-show letters to ticket holders, Instagram Story specifically mentioning no laptops and our website event page reminding our guests about recording devices, cellphones and cameras were not allowed.
“Laptops are considered recording devices.”
The spokesperson says “only about 10 people” didn’t return but added the venue — like a martyr — “helped to accommodate everyone we could with options around MSG including a nearby hotel” despite not being “responsible to help find storage solution.”
Mulaney hasn’t publicly acknowledged what happened at his first Garden performance but did post photos showing his excitement ahead of the show.