Rich Howells

PHOTOS: NEPA Scene’s Got Talent, Week 2, 03/08/16

PHOTOS: NEPA Scene’s Got Talent, Week 2, 03/08/16
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Another crowd-favorite comedian from past seasons of NEPA Scene’s Got Talent won the audience vote on Tuesday, March 8 at Thirst T’s Bar & Grill in Olyphant, proving once again that the area’s comedy scene is stronger than ever.

Dan Hoppel, a 33-year-old Dunmore resident who came in a close second place in the Season 1 Finals Showcase, slayed the crowd with a set of no-holds-barred dirty jokes. Jess Meoni and Monica Simon also brought original poetry into the mix this week, creating a fun night of diverse entertainment.

Week 2 performers:

Music: Adam Fox, John McLaughlin, Pat Schwartz, Grant Williams, Adam Bailey, Joe Craig, A Season Underground, and Bradley Maurice Kingsley

Comedy: J-Ass, Nate, Rob Evans, Bryan Walsh, Matt Davis, Zack Hammond, Dan Hoppel, Erich Drexler, Chris Jones, and Ted Hebert

Poetry: Jess Meoni and Monica Simon

Hoppel 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

Photos by Daring Damsel