HERMOSA BEACH, Calif. (KABC) — Jay Leno returned to the comedy stage on Sunday night, two weeks after suffering severe burns in a gasoline fire.
According to a club spokesman, the former “Tonight Show” host performed to a packed house at the Comedy and Magic Club in Hermosa Beach.
Leno, an avid car collector, had been working under a vehicle on November 12 when it was burned.
“We have two shows tonight – regular and extra crispy,” Leno joked to reporters on his way to the club. “I never saw myself as a roast comedian.”
The 72-year-old underwent two surgeries to treat his injuries, his doctor, Dr. Peter Grossman. Leno suffered burns to his face and hands.
His doctor noticed that Leno was running around and making jokes during his stay at the Grossman Burn Center.
The hospital announced in a Nov. 21 press release that Leno had been released.
“Jay is being followed up at the Grossman Outpatient Burn Clinic for burns to his face, chest and hands sustained during a fire at his home garage,” the statement said.
Grossman said he is pleased with Leno’s recovery and “optimistic that he will make a full recovery.”
“Jay wants everyone to know how grateful he is for the care he has received and is very grateful for all the well wishes,” the hospital added. “He is looking forward to spending Thanksgiving with his family and friends and wishes everyone a happy holiday.”
Leno is scheduled to perform three more shows at the Comedy and Magic Club in December.
The CNN Wire contributed to this report.