When Jerry Seinfeld took the stage for an unannounced set at Gotham Comedy Club in New York City, he made Batavia native and University at Buffalo graduate Geoff Genesky a target of some jokes.
Genesky and his girlfriend live above the comedy club and decided to catch a show Tuesday night that featured fellow UB grad and "American's Got Talent" finalist Gary Vider, not expecting to see the iconic comedian. When Seinfeld appeared and asked for a few questions from the sparse audience, Genesky decided to partake.
Knowing Seinfeld is a big Mets fan, Genesky asked whether the team should look to trade pitcher Matt Harvey.
"I was wearing a Mets T-shirt since the place is right below us and I didn't need to dress warmly. So that's partially why it was on my mind," said Genesky, a chemical engineer who works for L'Oreal as a laboratory manager. "I asked the question and looked like Superfan No. 99, which gave him a great opportunity to rip on me."
Seinfeld indeed keyed on the shirt, going on about how over the top Genesky was about the Mets. (Genesky is not actually a "Superfan," but adopted the Mets as his National League team after moving to the New York area.)
"Who wears a Mets T-shirt in January?" Seinfeld joked, also referring to Genesky as "Mr. Met."
Seinfeld then said he would like to see the Mets hang on to Harvey, given his contract is not going to be too costly for the franchise.
He closed his response by saying, "But I feel so sorry for your girlfriend for having to deal with this every night."
"It was phenomenal," Genesky said of the experience.
Seinfeld has a pair of Western New York shows scheduled for Friday, Jan. 22 at Shea's.