PHOTOS: NEPA Scene’s Got Talent, Week 6, 04/05/16
A very different type of comedian won the audience vote at NEPA Scene’s Got Talent on Tuesday, April 5, entertaining the audience in a unique way every time he entered Thirst T’s Bar & Grill in Olyphant.
Previously, Bobby Keller told cheesy dog jokes with the help of his puppet Dog Pesci. On this particular Tuesday, the Scranton comic opened up a notebook, claiming he had found fellow comedian Dan Hoppel’s diary in the parking lot, and proceeded to read each personal entry, every one more absurd than the last. His originality was rewarded with the win, making Keller glad he returned to comedy after a long break.
Week 6 performers:
Music: Adam Fox, Used Car Cowboy, Grant Williams, Joe Craig, John Andreoli, Adam Bailey, and Crock Pot Abduction
Comedy: Aaron Decker, J-Ass, Kevin Lepka, Tyler DiBennedetto, Bryan Walsh, Elliott Elliott, Zack Hammond, Ted Hebert, Dan Hoppel, Bobby Keller, and Chris Jones
Keller won $50 in cash, provided by Fireball Cinnamon Whisky, and a slot in the Finals Showcase on May 31, where the 12 winners (now 13 winners due to a tie) 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, adequate photographer, podcast co-host, and practicing poet. He is the founder and editor of NEPA Scene.