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Billy Joel Joins Paul Reiser on Bay Street Theater Stage

Sag Harbor’s Billy Joel made a surprise appearance at Bay Street Theater & Sag Harbor Center for the Arts on July 20, taking the stage with comedian Paul Reiser, who was performing standup.

Among the attendees was Bethenny Frankel of The Real Housewives of New York City. She posted a photo on Instagram and wrote, “Quintessential Hamptons moment. #BillyJoel and #PaulReiser surprise us with an impromptu performance at #baystreettheater In Sag Harbor. No big whoop. ‪#‎hamptonsrule‬”

Billy Joel gives Paul Reiser some piano tips.
Billy Joel gives Paul Reiser some piano tips. Photo credit: Michael Heller

In an interview with Dan’s Papers in advance of his Bay Street appearance, Reiser did not hint at all that a special guest would join him. In fact, he said he does not mix music with his standup act.

“I never do music in my act…” Reiser said. “I’ve never put them together—I also like to eat, but I don’t bring a sandwich on stage. I like to keep them separate.”

Offered the opportunity to perform with Joel, Reiser apparantly could not resist.

Reiser has dabbled in music for years; he helped write the Mad About You theme song. NASA used the song in 1997 to wake up a Mars rover. “The song is called ‘The Final Frontier,'” Reiser explained. “Someone thought it would be a clever song to play.

Watch Reiser perform with Joel on July 20:

Surprise Billy Joel performance at Paul Reiser

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