Rockville Centre-raised comedian Amy Schumer surprised a waiter at the venerable Peter's Clam Bar in Island Park last week with a $500 tip.
Calling the act "low-key," a spokesman for the 75-year-old restaurant said, "She just wanted to do a nice thing" and had empathized with her server because "she had been a waitress herself in the past."
The star of Comedy Central's "Inside Amy Schumer" and director Judd Apatow's upcoming "Trainwreck" had conversed with a waiter named Ryan, who did not want his last name used, the spokesman said. She learned he was a college student working two jobs and left a 1,020 percent tip of $500 on her $49 bill.
Schumer, who turned 34 on June 1, told E! News Monday, "I waited tables for a long time, so when a waiter is sweet and does a good job I like to leave a really big tip." She added, "I do it all the time. I can't believe it's a news story but hey, everybody should tip a lot; that job is hard."
She told E! that in an earlier instance, "I left a chick $600 on a $100 tab. She was a great bartender in Boston at the Mandarin Oriental. I feel crazy lucky I'm in a position to do that."
At Peter's, the spokesman said, "The people there respected her privacy and didn't make a thing about her being there."
Schumer's representatives did not return a Newsday request for comment.
The comic, who was born in Manhattan, later moved with her family to Long Island, where she graduated in 1999 from South Side High School in Rockville Centre.