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Jay Leno Returns to Stand Up Comedy Two Weeks After Suffering Third-Degree Burns in Accident

LOS ANGELES – Jay Leno returned to stand-up comedy Sunday night, two weeks after suffering third-degree burns when a fire broke out in his Burbank garage.

The former Tonight Show host performed for one hour at the Comedy and Magic Club in Hermosa Beach, California, where he has appeared regularly on Sunday nights since 1978. Today, NBC’s “Today” featured clips of Leno walking into the club Sunday night.

“We’ve got two shows tonight — regular and extra-crispy,” Leno told reporters. “I never thought of myself as a roast comic.”

Leno was released from the Grossman Burn Center in Los Angeles on Nov. 21, just over a week after he was treated for third-degree burns he received after a fire broke out in a garage where he maintains his collection of classic car collection. Leno continues to receive out-patient care and is expected to have a full recovery.

The veteran comedian reportedly owns about 180 vintage and exotic cars and an estimated 160 motorcycles.


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