NEPA Scene’s second Open Mic Night at The Woodlands Inn in Wilkes-Barre on Tuesday, Nov. 25 was again largely a comedy night, headlined by last week’s audience-voted winner, Zack Hammond.
Comedians Checkout Joe, Nick Potoeski, Dan Hoppel, Kevin Lepka, and Hammond were joined by Delmer von W and John Walton, while Russell Austin, who told jokes last week, sang and played a few songs on acoustic guitar this time. Your Pal Frank and Fiddy Shades performed a few songs as well.
This time, the audience chose Hoppel as the winner, whose set of self-deprecating humor and funny haikus easily won everyone over. He received $25 cash that night and the headlining slot for the next Open Mic, along with another $25 in cash and a $25 gift card to Crescenzo’s Brick Oven Eatery for headlining, prizes offered every week to those who receive the most votes.
NEPA Scene photographer Robb Malloy returned to take photos throughout the night. For photos from the first-ever NEPA Scene Open Mic, click here. For videos, click here.
Join us next Tuesday and every Tuesday at The Woodlands from 6:30 p.m.-11 p.m. and bring your songs, jokes, poetry, magic tricks, stories, or whatever your talent is for a chance to be seen, heard, and appreciated.
by Rich Howells
Rich is an award-winning journalist, longtime blogger, photographer, and podcast host. He is the founder and editor of NEPA Scene.