Jay Leno, 72, HITS police car en-route to comeback stage performance

Jay Leno hit a police car as he arrived for his much-hyped comeback performance on Sunday – six days after being discharged from a burn center following a fiery accident that seriously burned his face, chest and hands.

The comedian, 72, was driving up to The Comedy & Magic Club in Hermosa Beach, California with his wife Mavis for his regular, evening set when the rear right tire of his Tesla collided with a police Jeep in front of scores of onlookers.

Hearing the ominous crash, the police officers could be seen turning around startled as the TV legend pulled up in front of the club.

Oh dear: Jay Leno hit a police car as he arrived for his much-hyped comeback performance on Sunday – six days after being discharged from a burn center following a fiery accident that seriously burned his face, chest and hands

The star was filmed checking with police if he had ‘hit their tire’ with cops saying it was ‘no big deal’, with no damage done to either of the cars.

Jay, who was seriously burned after an explosion from one of his vintage cars set him alight, looked happy and healthy as he addressed the press, quipping: ‘Ah, the elephant man is here,’

He added: ‘I’m not on stage yet, I just got here. We’ll give it a shot, let’s see what happens… Stay away from the Flamin’ Hot Doritos!’

Damage: The star was seen checking his car for damage after the collision

Damage: The star was seen checking his car for damage after the collision

Oh dear: The comedian, 72, was driving up to The Comedy & Magic Club in Hermosa Beach, California with wife Mavis for his regular, evening set when the rear right tire of his Tesla collided with a police car in front of scores of onlookers

Oh dear: The comedian, 72, was driving up to The Comedy & Magic Club in Hermosa Beach, California with wife Mavis for his regular, evening set when the rear right tire of his Tesla collided with a police car in front of scores of onlookers

Chat: The officers were seen chatting to Leno and his wife after the collision

Chat: The officers were seen chatting to Leno and his wife after the collision

After: The star was filmed checking with police if he had 'hit their tire' with cops saying it was 'no big deal', with no damage done to either of the cars

After: The star was filmed checking with police if he had ‘hit their tire’ with cops saying it was ‘no big deal’, with no damage done to either of the cars

‘No, we got two shows tonight. Regular and extra crispy! Never thought of myself as a roast comic! Thank you, thank you, good night. I got burned, I was in the hospital for a few days, and now I’m back out working again. People do that every day!’

The venue has served as a home base for Leno almost every Sunday since the early 1990s, as a place where he can test out new material for his stand-up act and old Tonight Show monologues.

The club’s beachside location has long been a favorite destination for comedians and audience members alike. Many of the top comics like Leno in the industry have and continue to call this their home club.

The staff at the club made a ‘Welcome Back Jay’ sign, which also read ‘We Love You’ on it.

Once inside, Leno and his wife were joined by the club’s owner, who sat with them for part of the evening.

No big deal: The comedian larked around with snappers as he arrived

No big deal: The comedian larked around with snappers as he arrived

No harm done: The police car was left unscathed by the incident

No harm done: The police car was left unscathed by the incident

Car: Leno's Tesla was parked in front of the club after the incident

Car: Leno’s Tesla was parked in front of the club after the incident

Triumphant return: Jay, who was seriously burned after one of his vintage cars set alight, looked happy and healthy as he addressed the press, quipping: ¿Ah, the elephant man is here'

Looking good: The comedian was dressed in a black suit, while some of his injuries to his hands were visible

Triumphant return: Jay, who was seriously burned after one of his vintage cars set alight, looked happy and healthy as he addressed the press, quipping: ‘Ah, the elephant man is here’

Return: A group of media and fans gathered outside the club when he pulled up

Return: A group of media and fans gathered outside the club when he pulled up

Supportive: Leno pulled up to the club with his wife Mavis, who are celebrating their 42nd wedding anniversary on November 30

Supportive: Leno pulled up to the club with his wife Mavis, who are celebrating their 42nd wedding anniversary on November 30

Beaming: The legendary funnyman was all smiles when he met with the media and fans outside the club

Beaming: The legendary funnyman was all smiles when he met with the media and fans outside the club

Looking good: Leno chatted with the fans and media before going inside with his wife and the club owner

Looking good: Leno chatted with the fans and media before going inside with his wife and the club owner

From the time he arrived, the New Rochelle, New York native looked to be like his old self in good and happy spirits, while the burns to his hands and face appeared to be healing.

He then proceeded to hit the stage and run off a round of jokes, mostly poking fun at himself, all the while making light of the accident.

The accident happened on November 12 while Leno was working underneath one of the many vintage vehicles he owns that’s stored at his garage in Burbank.

As he was wrenching away a gas leak ended up setting off an explosion that lit him on fire.

The funnyman was rushed to the hospital with second- and third-degree burns to his face, chest and hands.

Hilarious: Leno didn't wait to go into the club to start rattling off some jokes with the crowd

Hilarious: Leno didn’t wait to go into the club to start rattling off some jokes with the crowd

Snapping away: People snapped photo after photo as the comedian made his way to the front of the club

Snapping away: People snapped photo after photo as the comedian made his way to the front of the club

Escorted in: Leno was greeted by the club's owner before going inside to do his show

Escorted in: Leno was greeted by the club’s owner before going inside to do his show

Making the rounds: Leno answered questions from the media before heading into the club

Making the rounds: Leno answered questions from the media before heading into the club

Arrival: The comedian looked amazed by the greeting

Arrival: The New York native did his best to chat with fans

Home: Leno has been using the club as a sounding board for new jokes since the early 1990s

Miraculous: Leno was released from the burn center just six days earlier

Miraculous: Leno was released from the burn center just six days earlier

Ultimately, he was transferred to the Grossman Burn Center in Los Angeles, where he would end up being treated for 10 days, which included two surgical procedures to treat his injuries, according to his physician, Dr. Peter Grossman.

The former Tonight Show host was spotted for the first time since the accident this past Monday when he was saying his goodbyes to the team of doctors, nurses and other specialists at the Grossman Burn Center.

In an interview with ET, Dr. Grossman revealed that Leno suffered ‘significant injuries’ but is ‘doing very well,’ which was seemingly helped by being a ‘strong individual’ with a ‘strong attitude.’

Leno is slated to perform three additional shows at The Comedy & Magic Club in December.

On the mend: The injuries to his hands were visible but looked much better than reported days earlier

On the mend: The injuries to his hands were visible but looked much better than reported days earlier

Love fest: Leno greeted some old friends and colleagues out in front of the club

Love fest: Leno greeted some old friends and colleagues out in front of the club

Healing: The former Tonight Show host was spotted for the first time since the accident this past Monday

Healing: The former Tonight Show host was spotted for the first time since the accident this past Monday

Butt of the joke: Leno eventually went inside and did his show, which included making light of his accident

Butt of the joke: Leno eventually went inside and did his show, which included making light of his accident

He will be back for more: Leno is slated to perform three additional shows at The Comedy Magic Club in December

He will be back for more: Leno is slated to perform three additional shows at The Comedy Magic Club in December

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