Joe Gorga was pulled off the stage by his wife Melissa Gorga after failing to crack up audience members for the right reasons during a recent stand-up routine at Carolines On Broadway.
The Real Housewives Of New Jersey star struggled to tell a joke before his wife eventually intervened.
No laughing matter: Joe Gorga was pulled off the stage by his wife Melissa Gorga after failing to crack audience members up for the right reasons during a recent stand-up routine at Carolines On Broadway; pictured performing on Carolines on Broadway on October 27, 2021
In video of the crash and burn, Joe was not amusing audience members as he would have hoped as he struggled to tell a joke.
Instead, the reality star repeatedly asked the crowd versions of ‘You guys ready?’
The audience, however, did humor him by cheering him on.
‘Listen you (expletive),’ Joe said at one point, causing the audience to laugh in shock.
‘I don’t know what they gave you backstage babe’: Gorga told her husband before pulling him off the stage; pictured October 2021 in New York
If anything, Melissa got more people laughing as she attempted to excuse her husband’s performance before pulling him off stage.
‘I don’t know what they gave you backstage babe,’ Melissa said to her husband as the audience laughed.
‘I swear to you, usually he cracks us up, he has a routine that makes us all laugh in tears every night. That I promise you!… Come on, let’s go!’
In a statement, Joe blamed his performance on the combination of cold medicine and alcohol.
‘He usually cracks us up’: If anything, Melissa got more people laughing as she attempted to excuse her husband’s performance before pulling him off stage; pictured at Carolines on Broadway in October 2021
‘This was not my typical show,’ he said. ‘As I share my many life lessons in my stand up routine, now I can add this one – don’t mix alcohol with Sudafed.’
‘This was not a common occurrence for me – I wasn’t feeling well and didn’t want to let my fans down. I had been taking Sudafed and had a couple of scotches before I went on stage, as I normally do. Unfortunately my body did not react well to the mix.’
Joe explained he doesn’t ‘often take cold medicine’ and his wife yanked him off stage as she had not seen him in that state.
‘I have directly responded to my fans who were there and reached out to me. I started my comedy tour to share my stories and to make people laugh,’ he continued.
‘Don’t mix alcohol with Sudafed’: Gorga blamed his subpar performance on a combination of Scotch and Sudafed
‘As I continue my tour, I look forward to providing people with the authentic, fun, and raw Joe Gorga they deserve.’
In a statement to TMZ, Joe’s manager said the comedian was suffering from a cold and the combination of the alcohol and cold medicine ‘hit him’ once he stepped on stage.
‘We came back the next night and he made a joke about it,’ he said.
Melissa called herself a ‘proud wifey’ as she gushed about her husband doing stand-up on Broadway back in October.
‘If someone told me 10 years ago that @joeygorga would be performing comedy live on Broadway one day I would never believe them. Proud wifey!!’ she gushed on Instagram.
The real star-turned-comedian will have more chances at redemption with his nationwide tour, which will see him performing in New York, Florida, Connecticut and Chicago next year.
‘Joe has been perfecting his craft as a standup comic and won praise from his sold-out audience at the Hard Rock Hotel in Atlantic City in June of 2021,’ reads a description on the Carolines on Broadway website. ‘Joe makes his triumphant return to the Hard Rock in AC on October 9th and is making his New York City debut at Caroline’s on Broadway on October the 27th.’
Aww: Melissa called herself a ‘proud wifey’ as she gushed about her husband doing stand-up on Broadway back in October