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NEPA Scene’s Got Talent spotlight: Comedian Ted Hebert

NEPA Scene’s Got Talent spotlight: Comedian Ted Hebert
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Every week of NEPA Scene’s Got Talent, our free open mic and talent competition at Thirst T’s Bar & Grill in Olyphant, we feature a quick Q&A with the latest audience vote winner, which was comedian Ted Hebert on May 19.

The weekly winner receives $50 in cash and the headlining slot for the following Tuesday, and all other performers are encouraged to compete again as often as they’d like or simply show off their talents for fun.

After 12 weeks, the 12 winners will face off against each other in front of a panel of local celebrities who will determine the winner of the grand prize – a vacation package that includes $500 cash, three days and two nights in Cleveland, Ohio to tour the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and the Great Lakes Brewing Company, tickets to a Cleveland Indians baseball game, and a free recording session at TwentyFiveEight Studios in Scranton when they return home.

We asked the 24-year-old Lake Ariel resident about winning Week 9 with his amiable sarcasm and received a bit in return.

NEPA SCENE: What brought you here to this event?

TED HEBERT: My mom’s car.

NS: How long have you been performing comedy?

TH: Four years, give or take.

NS: What interested you in stand-up in the first place?

TH: I used to listen to [George] Carlin with my grandma.

NS: How did you get started?

TH: An open mic at Wise Crackers in Scranton.

NS: Is comedy something that you’re pursuing as a career, or is it just for fun?

TH: Career.

NS: What was your immediate reaction or feeling when you won?

TH: Disbelief, followed by elation.

NS: Why do you think you won the audience vote?

TH: Everybody loves dick jokes.

NS: How will you spend your $50 prize?

TH: Gas.

NS: Where can people see one of your performances next?

TH: Open mics around the area.

NS: Where can people find you online?

TH: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

For more information on NEPA Scene’s Got Talent, which is always free and open to anyone, click here.

Photo by Robb Malloy/NEPA Scene