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VIDEO: Comedy Central show ‘Tosh.0’ names Shamokin its ‘Shithole of the Week’

VIDEO: Comedy Central show ‘Tosh.0’ names Shamokin its ‘Shithole of the Week’
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Comedy Central’s web commentary show “Tosh.0” has a new segment called “Shithole of the Week,” showing news clips and Internet videos of trashy, backwater areas worldwide, and Shamokin, a city on the western edge of Northeastern Pennsylvania, was given the “honor” on Tuesday night.

On the latest episode that aired Oct. 11, host and comedian Daniel Tosh featured a news report from Dalton, Georgia that led into a segment about “shitholes” across the world, including all of Russia; Laurel County, Kentucky; and Shamokin in Northumberland County. The local clip was taken from a recent WNEP-TV report about the closing of a Dunkin’ Donuts in the small city, which troubled a few residents who will miss the presence of the coffeehouse chain for varying reasons.

After taking a fake vote from the audience, asking them to pick which area is the worst via nonexistent keypads, Shamokin was chosen as the first-ever “Shithole of the Week.”

“We’re going to send you a box of Krispy Kreme donuts. Those will blow your simple inbred minds!” Tosh joked.

Residents do not seem thrilled about the distinction:

But at least one local got a shout out on the “Tosh.0” website:

This isn’t the first time that NEPA has caught the attention of “Tosh.0” during its eight-year run. Another WNEP interview clip from Stroudsburg made it into a 2013 episode (seen below) and, back in 2009, the show was interested in featuring Ray Lyman, a “concerned citizen” who gained Internet fame for his incoherent rants at Scranton City Council meetings, and then-Councilwoman Judy Gatelli, who often argued with him. Unfortunately, the segment never came together, but the prospect alone made local news.

NEPA can’t be all bad, though – Tosh himself visited the area last year, performing stand-up at the F.M. Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre and adding a second show due to popular demand. We must be gluttons for punishment.

  • Ashley Witmer

    Well, he’s not wrong. I mean… c’mon… Polish a turd, it’s still a turd.