Jay Leno crashed into a police car as he was arriving for his highly publicized comeback performance on Sunday, six days after being released from a burn center following a fiery accident that severely burned his face, chest and the hands.
The 72-year-old comedian was driving to The Comedy & Magic Club in Hermosa Beach, Calif., with his wife Mavis for his regular evening performance when the right rear tire of his Tesla collided with a police jeep in front of dozens of viewers.
Hearing the ominous crash, policemen could be seen turning around with a start as the TV legend pulled up in front of the club.
OMG: Jay Leno crashed into a police car arriving for his highly publicized comeback performance Sunday, six days after being released from a burn center following a fiery accident that badly burned his face , chest and hands.
The star was filmed checking with police if he had “hit his tire” and cops said it was “no big deal”, with no damage to either car.
Jay, who suffered severe burns after an explosion from one of his vintage cars set him on fire, looked happy and healthy as he addressed the press, joking: “Ah, the elephant man is here.”
He added: ‘I’m not on stage yet, I just got here. We’ll give it a shot, let’s see what happens… Stay away from the Flamin’ Hot Doritos!’
Damage: The star was seen checking his car for damage after the collision
OMG: The comedian, 72, was driving to The Comedy & Magic Club in Hermosa Beach, Calif., with his wife Mavis for his regular evening performance when the right rear tire of his Tesla collided with a police car in front of him. dozens of spectators.
Chat: Officers were seen chatting with Leno and his wife after the collision.
After: The star was filmed checking with police if he had “hit his tire” and the cops said it was “no big deal”, with no damage to either car.
‘No, we have two performances tonight. Regular and extra crunchy! I never considered myself a roast comic! Thank you, thank you, good night. I got burned, I was in the hospital for a few days and now I’m back to work. People do that every day!
The venue has served as Leno’s base of operations nearly every Sunday since the early 1990s, as a place where he can try out new material for his stand-up act and old Tonight Show monologues.
The club’s beachside location has long been a favorite destination for comedians and audience members alike. Many of the top comedians like Leno in the industry have called it and continue to call it their home club.
Club staff made a ‘Welcome Back Jay’ sign, which also read ‘We love you’.
Once inside, Leno and his wife joined the owner of the club, who sat with them for part of the night.
No big deal: The comedian joked with snappers when he arrived
No damage done: The police car emerged unscathed from the incident.
Car: Leno’s Tesla was parked in front of the club after the incident
Triumphant return: Jay, who suffered severe burns after one of his vintage cars caught fire, looked happy and healthy as he addressed the press, joking: “Ah, the elephant man is here.”
Comeback: A group of media and fans gathered outside the club as it came to a halt
Supportive: Leno stopped by the club with his wife Mavis, who are celebrating their 42nd wedding anniversary on November 30.
Beaming: The legendary funnyman was all smiles as he met the media and fans outside the club.
Looking good: Leno chatted with fans and media before walking in with his wife and club owner
From the moment he arrived, the New Rochelle, New York native appeared to be his usual self, in good spirits and happy, while the burns on his hands and face appeared to be healing.
He then proceeded to take the stage and do a round of jokes, mostly making fun of himself, all while making light of the accident.
The accident occurred on November 12 while Leno was working under one of the many vintage vehicles he owns that are stored in his garage in Burbank.
While it was starting up, a gas leak ended up causing an explosion that set it on fire.
The funnyman was rushed to the hospital with second and third degree burns to his face, chest and hands.
Hilarious: Leno didn’t wait to enter the club to start rattling off some jokes with the crowd
Taking photos: People snapped photo after photo as the comedian made his way to the front of the club.
Escorted: Leno was greeted by the club owner before going inside to do his show.
Making the rounds: Leno answered questions from the media before heading to the club
Opening: Leno has been using the club as a sounding board for new jokes since the early 1990s
Miraculous: Leno was released from the burn center just six days early
Ultimately, he was transferred to the Grossman Burn Center in Los Angeles, where he would end up receiving 10 days of treatment, which included two surgical procedures to treat his injuries, according to his doctor, Dr. Peter Grossman.
The former Tonight Show host was seen for the first time since the accident last Monday as he was saying goodbye to the team of doctors, nurses and other specialists at the Grossman Burn Center.
In an interview with Eastern Time, Dr. Grossman revealed that Leno suffered “significant injuries” but is “doing very well,” which was apparently helped by being a “strong individual” with a “strong attitude.”
Leno is scheduled to perform three additional shows at The Comedy & Magic Club in December.
In recovery: The wounds on his hands were visible but looked much better than reported days earlier.
Love fest: Leno greeted some old friends and colleagues in front of the clu
Healing: The former Tonight Show host was seen for the first time since last Monday’s crash
The end of the joke: Leno finally came in and did his show, which included downplaying his accident.
He’ll be back for more: Leno is scheduled to perform three additional shows at The Comedy Magic Club in December.