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NEPA SCENE PODCAST: Scranton comedian Erich Drexler, offensive jokes, and local comedy

NEPA SCENE PODCAST: Scranton comedian Erich Drexler, offensive jokes, and local comedy
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The NEPA Scene Podcast is back in a new location with new co-hosts and a fresh format, conducting the same honest, uncensored interviews and in-depth discussions about Northeastern Pennsylvania that the show has become known for, covering local arts, entertainment, and the issues that matter to the area.

Recorded and produced every week by Internet marketing company Coal Creative in their production studio in downtown Wilkes-Barre, the podcast is now presented as a live, multi-camera show that streams in high definition on NEPA Scene’s Facebook page on Wednesday nights at 7 p.m. Every hour-long episode is hosted by Rich Howells, editor and founder of NEPA Scene; Brittany Boote, owner of Boote Photography Studio in Forty Fort; and Johnny Popko, the senior marketing consultant at local radio stations Alt 92.1, Rock 107, and ESPN Radio. Viewers are encouraged to tune in and interact during the Facebook Live stream so that the hosts can address comments and answer questions as they come in.

After the live webcast, the show is available the following Friday as an audio podcast on iTunes, SoundCloud, and Stitcher, while the video version can be seen on Facebook and YouTube.

In Episode 12, we open with a little live stand-up clip from NEPA Scene’s Got Talent before we talk to Scranton comedian Erich Drexler, the co-host of The Keys Open Mic Circus on Thursday nights from 9 p.m.-midnight.

We talk about why he started in comedy over two years ago, telling raunchy and offensive jokes, whether or not some subjects should be joked about and if anything is off-limits, the recent controversies with national comedians Kathy Griffin and Bill Maher, the underappreciated NEPA comedy scene and how local comedians work together, the importance of open mics like the Open Mic Circus and NEPA Scene events, watching comedians grow and hone their craft, improv comedy and how it differs from stand-up, booking gigs in odd places, stories from shows that went well and a few that didn’t, Box of Broken Toys and the 502 of Comedy, John’s outside perspective as a judge at Got Talent, getting people to come out and support local comedy, and more. We also answer some questions and comments from live viewers, including a few fellow comedians.

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The views and opinions expressed during this podcast do not necessarily reflect those of the hosts, NEPA Scene, Coal Creative, or our sponsors.