Hurricane Sandy struck Monday morning and for two days I stayed at home, calling friends and family. On Wednesday, I received a phone call from the folks at The Late Show with David Letterman. They wanted to know if I could perform, and if I could be at the studio in an hour. Transportation networks had been devastated by the storm; trains were not running and traffic was bumper-to-bumper. The only way to make it from my home in Brooklyn to The Ed Sullivan Theater would be to ride my unicycle 8 miles into Midtown. I grabbed my gear and hit the road.
As I crossed the bridge from Brooklyn to Manhattan, I immediately noticed that all traffic lights were out. Cars jammed the streets as desperate traffic cops and even some citizens tried to control the mayhem. I powered through the snarled roadways unscathed, making it to 53rd and Broadway in an hour.