One of Northeastern Pennsylvania’s funniest comedians earned the audience vote at NEPA Scene’s Got Talent on Tuesday, Oct. 13 with a hilarious set made up of both prepared material and improvised jokes.
Scranton’s John Walton became the first comedian to win in Season 2 so far, though with so many strong comedy acts entering week after week, it’s likely only a matter of time before a few more end up in the Finals Showcase at Thirst T’s Bar & Grill. Read an interview with Walton in this week’s NEPA Scene’s Got Talent spotlight.
Week 7 performers:
Music: Fred Emmett, Joe Quincy, Stan Vitz, Adam Bailey, Joe Craig, Apostolis Kalyvas, Alex O’Brien, Lisa Mansour, Bradley Maurice, and Pulak
Comedy: Kevin Lepka, Zack Hammond, John Walton, Ted Hebert, and Bobby Keller
Poetry: Adam Fox
Pulak returned to the stage at the end of the night to headline after winning the previous week’s audience vote with their indie punk originals and cover songs. Walton won $50 in cash, provided by Fireball Cinnamon Whisky, and the chance to headline the next event on Tuesday, Oct. 20, along with a slot in the Finals Showcase on Dec. 1, where the 12 winners from 12 consecutive weeks will compete in front of a panel of judges for the grand prize – a winter getaway package with ski passes and more, $250, an interview broadcast on Fuzz 92.1, and a free 10-hour recording session at TwentyFiveEight Studios in Scranton. The second place winner will receive $100.
Sponsored by Samuel Adams; LT Verrastro, Inc.; Fireball Cinnamon Whisky; Fuzz 92.1; TwentyFiveEight Studios; and Thirst T’s, NEPA Scene’s Got Talent takes the format of an open mic night and turns it into a friendly competition, inviting local musicians, comedians, poets, performance artists, magicians, actors, and more to perform on Thirst T’s stage every Tuesday at 7 p.m. through Nov. 17.
At the end of each night, audiences who have enjoyed the free live show will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite act. The winner each week will receive $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. Everyone participating is featured weekly on nepascene.com.
Photos by Robb Malloy/NEPA Scene
by Rich Howells
Rich is an award-winning journalist, longtime blogger, photographer, and podcast host. He is the founder and editor of NEPA Scene.