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NEPA SCENE PODCAST: Episode 10 – Stand-up comedy, dark humor, and the local comedy scene

NEPA SCENE PODCAST: Episode 10 – Stand-up comedy, dark humor, and the local comedy scene
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Professionally recorded every Monday at The Stude in TwentyFiveEight Studios in Scranton and released exclusively on every Tuesday, the NEPA Scene Podcast is a free supplement to the website, expanding on the arts and entertainment stories covered on the site and going beyond them to discuss other news and entertainment topics.

Each week, the unedited and uncensored podcast features Rich Howells, NEPA Scene founder and editor; Mark Dennebaum, president and owner of TwentyFiveEight Studios; Lauren Quirolgico, commercial and content strategist at Lavelle Strategy Group and editor at TwentyFiveEight; and in the control room, Jimmy Reynolds, a musician, teacher, and lead audio engineer at TwentyFiveEight. Every episode streams on iTunes, SoundCloud, Stitcher, and

In celebration of our 10th episode, we invited local comedian Zack Hammond on the show for some laughs and to talk about all the work that goes into making audiences laugh and the talented local comedy scene that many people aren’t aware of. His dark and sarcastic sense of humor leads us to some tangents about organized religion and the afterlife before we get back on track by discussing George Carlin’s influence, dissecting jokes and finding meaning behind them, and listening to the story of Zack’s worst gig ever, which involved neo-Nazis and guys wearing dildo armor. We also answer listeners’ praise and criticism in our new segment, The Last Word, and we debut our new theme music written and performed by Jimmy at the beginning and end of the show.

Watch the above video of Hammond performing at the first NEPA Scene Open Mic Night and read more about his career in comedy here.

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