The NEPA Scene Open Mic Night at the The Woodlands Inn in Wilkes-Barre on Tuesday, Dec. 23 attracted the largest turnout for the weekly event yet, featuring 20 performers that kept the night moving.
Regular musicians Your Pal Frank and Fiddy Shades were joined by Cee Rock, Rich Janov, Russell Austin, Glen Hoffman, Dave The V, and Satellite (Jess Meoni & Dave Lambert), and returning comedians Dan Hoppel, Zack Hammond, Kevin Lepka, and Checkout Joe performed with newcomers Nick Yanoshak, Sergio Marzitelli, Eric Perluke, Anthony Baldiga, Kevin Neary, and Eric Perluke. The Carlton and Chelsi Louise read poetry, and last week’s winner by audience vote, comedian Elliott Elliott, headlined with a hilarious set of jokes and stories.
Marzitelli (pictured above) took the audience vote that night. He immediately received $25 cash 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 was back to take photos throughout the night. For photos from the previous NEPA Scene Open Mic, 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.