A Day in the Life of a NYC Wine Bar Director Includes Stand-up Comedy

words: FELICIA LALOMIA

    Inside a Greenwich Village comedy club on a sweaty Wednesday evening in July 2019, Sam Mushman takes the stage. He starts out his seven-minute set talking about one of his obvious physical features: his height. He’s 6-foot-6 and describes to the audience how women he’s dated believe his stature makes him a good fighter. He disagrees.

“Let’s be honest. I have bad knees and soft hands. I’m no more useful than a giraffe.” The audience laughs. “During the day,” Mushman goes on, “I’m a sommelier. If you don’t know what that word means, its French for self-righteous prick.”

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