The comedy crowd turned out on Broadway Monday night to celebrate two of its own, Nick Kroll and John Mulaney. The two comic veterans and longtime friends officially opened their show “Oh, Hello on Broadway” at the Lyceum Theatre in New York.
Spotted in the crowd were Kroll’s “The League” co-star Jason Mantzoukas, Justin Bartha, Chris Gethard, Susie Essman, and Michael Ian Black. “Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon made a surprise appearance and “understudy” Jon Hamm also turned out.
But the biggest guest of the night was Alan Alda, who also drew some pretty raucous laughs for his on-stage appearance in the limited-run production.
“We started doing this show 10 years ago, Kroll said. “When we would explain who these guys were the second thing we’d say is that they were obsessed with Alan Alda. So to be on Broadway opening night with Alan Alda, and have him, unfortunately for us and George and Gil, get bigger laughs and be funnier than us was a dream come true.”
As a part of “Oh Hello,” Kroll and Mulaney revived the Too Much Tuna skit (originally from the “Kroll Show”) for their crotchety characters, 70-year-old New Yorkers and longtime roommates Gil Faizon and George St. Geegland.
Alda seemed happy to oblige, improvising on stage with his adoring fans. The skit, from St. Geegland and Faizon’s imagined talk show, hinges on various celebrity guests declaring that the generous portion inside a tuna sandwich presented to them is “too much tuna.”
Alda added a little colorful language to his declaration before heading back to his seat, which had the audience in stitches and Kroll and Mulaney laughing along, too.
“He’s the best guest we’ve ever had,” said Mulaney.