NEPA SCENE PODCAST: Scranton comedian and NEPA Scene’s Got Talent winner John Walton
Professionally recorded every Monday at The Stude in TwentyFiveEight Studios in Scranton and released exclusively on nepascene.com 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; and Lauren Quirolgico, commercial and content strategist at Lavelle Strategy Group and editor at TwentyFiveEight. Every episode streams on iTunes, SoundCloud, Stitcher, and nepascene.com.
In Episode 41, we return after the NEPA Scene’s Got Talent Finals Showcase at Thirst T’s Bar & Grill to interview the first place winner of Season 2 of the contest, Scranton comedian John Walton. We talk about how he silenced the bar that night and won the crowd and the judges over; how he became a stand-up comedian; his first time on stage and improving his act over the years; earning his father’s approval after years of doing it; gaining inspiration from Chris Rock and Richard Pryor; comedians he loves and hates; the downfall of Bill Cosby from a comedian’s perspective; being a part of Dem Scranton Boyz, which includes fellow local comedian Kevin “Fast Orange” Lepka and Will “Half & Half” Robbins; and some theories about the holiday movie “Home Alone.”
In The Last Word segment, we talk about the huge reaction from listeners and local media to our last episode about former Scranton newspaper Go Lackawanna and ask if anyone would like us to do a follow-up episode in the future.
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