PHOTOS: NEPA Scene’s Got Talent, Week 1, 03/01/16
Season 3 of the NEPA Scene’s Got Talent open mic and talent competition got off to a strong start on Tuesday, March 1, pulling in 20 acts and a great crowd to keep the night busy at Thirst T’s Bar & Grill in Olyphant.
The show was an even split of local musicians and comedians sharing the stage. Some new performers joined many previous winners from past seasons, including Season 1 weekly winner Ted Hebert, a 25-year-old Lake Ariel comedian who captured the audience vote in a close race with his hilariously analytical humor and unrelenting crowd work.
Week 1 performers:
Music: Adam Fox, James Barrett, Jake Decker, A Season Underground, Joe Craig, Rich Janov and Campfire Jones, Grant Williams, Crock Pot Abduction, Apostolis Kalyvas, and Bradley Maurice Kingsley
Comedy: J-Ass, Erich Drexler, Matt Davis, Mike Cosgrove, Dan Hoppel, Zack Hammond, Ted Hebert, Kevin Neary, Rob Evans, and John Walton
Hebert won $50 in cash, provided by Fireball Cinnamon Whisky, and a slot in the Finals Showcase on May 31, where the 12 winners from 12 consecutive weeks will compete in front of a panel of judges for the grand prize – $250 cash courtesy of Laugh Out Lepka’s Comedy; a $100 gift card from Fidelity Bank; a summer backyard prize package with a fire pit, wooden deck chair, grill, and cooler from Coors Light and LT Verrastro, Inc.; a headlining slot at the 2016 Electric City Music Conference; and a guest spot on an episode of the NEPA Scene Podcast. The second place winner will receive $100 cash.
Sponsored by Coors Light, LT Verrastro, Fireball Cinnamon Whisky, Fidelity Bank, Laugh Out Lepka’s Comedy, 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 May 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.
by Rich Howells
Rich is an award-winning journalist, longtime blogger, photographer, and podcast host. He is the founder and editor of NEPA Scene.