The first place winner of Season 1 of NEPA Scene’s Got Talent, comedian Zack Hammond, took the audience vote once again during Week 7 of Season 3 at Thirst T’s Bar & Grill in Olyphant with his envelope-pushing, no-hold-barred jokes and quick-witted delivery.
The Luzerne comic, whose new comedy album “Appalling” was recorded using recording time he won as part of the grand prize in Season 1, was in good company on Tuesday, April 12 with many other hilarious comedians, as well as talented musicians that included some newcomers among the familiar faces.
Week 7 performers:
Music: Adam Fox, Joe Quincy, Joe Craig, Ed Cuozzo, Bradley Maurice Kingsley, Adam and Tyler, and Adam Bailey
Comedy: J-Ass, Zack Hammond, Aaron Decker, Elliott Elliott, Erich Drexler, Dan Hoppel, Ted Hebert, Chris Jones, John Walton, and Bobby Keller
Hammond 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.