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Scranton Cultural Center’s revamped Comedy Variety Series features Joe Ohrin and Brad Todd

Scranton Cultural Center’s revamped Comedy Variety Series features Joe Ohrin and Brad Todd
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From a press release:

As the saying goes, variety is the spice of life, and the Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple is giving audiences just that with the Comedy Variety Series (formerly “Up and Coming Comedy”), which will offer a new spin on the popular series as it transforms Shopland Hall into an intimate comedy club on Sept. 13 at 8 p.m.

Now featuring live music both pre- and post-show, comedians, magicians, and more, each event has a different lineup of entertainment.

The headliner this Saturday is Joe Ohrin. Ohrin has performed across the country and has served as an opening act for Chris Rock, Robert Klein, Weird Al Yankovic, Beatlemania, and Pauly Shore. The extensive list of venues in which he has performed includes Dangerfield’s, The Comic Strip (New York), Comedy Cellar, Stand-Up NY, New York Comedy Club, Comedy Store (Los Angeles), and NEPA’s very own Wisecrackers.

Ohrin was a contributing writer to “The Tonight Show” with Jay Leno and has been featured in films such as “A Beautiful Mind,” “In the Weeds,” and “Center Stage.” He has also appeared on “Good Morning America,” MTV’s “Celebrity Deathmatch,” and international television commercials. He brings over 15 years of experience to a live show that includes sharp material, plenty of energy, and some great improvisation.

Opening comedian Brad Todd has been performing for more than 10 years across the country in some of America’s most respected comedy clubs, including Catch A Rising Star, Bananas, and New York’s famed Gotham Comedy Club. Todd has been featured on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio and is featured on the DVD “New Comedy Revolution.”

Scranton comedian and Laugh to Live owner Jeannine Luby will serve as the emcee. Doors open at 7 p.m. for cocktails and music with East Coast Trio. The show begins at 8 p.m. and runs until 9:30 p.m., with the music continuing after the show until 10:30 p.m. Light fare and a cash bar will be available for purchase throughout the evening.

Tickets, which are $16, can be purchased at the Fidelity Box Office at the Scranton Cultural Center, by calling 570-344-1111, at, by calling 1-800-745-3000, or at Boscov’s, Gallery of Sound, or select Walmart locations. For more information about upcoming events, visit View the event on the NEPA Scene calendar.

The Comedy Variety Series is sponsored by First National Community Bank and LT Verrastro.