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Scranton Comedy Club returns with outdoor show featuring Rich Vos on Aug. 22

Scranton Comedy Club returns with outdoor show featuring Rich Vos on Aug. 22
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Before the coronavirus pandemic, the Scranton Comedy Club was on a roll, opening in a newly remodeled location with successful monthly shows until the statewide shutdown.

The club has since adapted to the times, organizing a Family-Friendly Vaudeville Variety Show at the Circle Drive-In Theatre in Dickson City coming up this Thursday, Aug. 13 and newly announced back-to-back stand-up comedy shows in a huge outdoor tent at the Holiday Inn Scranton East in Dunmore on Saturday, Aug. 22.

New Jersey comedian Rich Vos, who was recently seen in the Pete Davidson film “The King of Staten Island” directed by Judd Apatow, will headline the shows at 5:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. Scranton’s own Will “Half & Half” Robbins will be the feature act, and club owner Kevin Lepka will serve as the host.

“At the last show in February, we had 320 people in attendance. Be sure to get your tickets soon, as these shows are expected to sell out,” Lepka said.

Seats outside the Holiday Inn Scranton East (200 Tigue St., Dunmore) will be limited to 100 per show, and all state and CDC guidelines will be followed. Seating begins at 4:30 p.m. for the 5:30 p.m. show and at 8:15 p.m. for the 9 p.m. show to allow the staff time to clean.

Tickets, which are $15 for general admission or $25 for VIP seats closest to the stage, are on sale now via Eventbrite. For more information, call 570-357-2693 or visit the Facebook event page.

Raised in New Jersey, Rich Vos is a no-holds-barred performer who destroys in comedy clubs around the country. A comedian’s comedian, he has released several stand-up specials over the years and has appeared on television over 100 times, including four Comedy Central specials as well as on HBO, Showtime, Starz, and “Last Comic Standing.”

Vos produced and starred in the award-winning comedy movie “Women Aren’t Funny” alongside Bonnie McFarlane, Chris Rock, Rosie O’Donnell, Tom Arnold, Maria Bamford, Joy Behar, and more. He is a two-time writer for the Academy Awards, a regular on SiriusXM satellite radio, and the co-host of the hit podcast “My Wife Hates Me” with his wife and fellow comedian Bonnie McFarlane that Paste Magazine named one of the best podcasts right now.

He has also been a guest on “Opie and Anthony,” “WTF with Marc Maron,” “The Joe Rogan Experience,” and “Guys We Fucked.” His latest special, “When I Saw Hamilton,” was released in 2019.

Will Robbins has opened for Kevin Hart and Tracy Morgan and is the author of two books, “Ice” and “The Big Payback.”

Scranton-based comedian, actor, and producer Kevin Lepka has many years of experience as a stand-up comedian, host, and sketch comedy/improv performer in all types of venues up and down the East Coast, sharing stages with Gilbert Gottfried, Artie Lange, Pete Davidson, Andrew Schulz, and more. He founded Laugh Out Lepkas Comedy to bring comedians like Gilbert Gottfried, Artie Lange, Rich Vos, the Reverend Bob Levy, Jessimae Peluso, and even the WWE’s Honky Tonk Man to the area in addition to his Scranton Comedy Club shows.

Over the years, the club has hosted shows in downtown Scranton locations like the Ritz Theater, Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel, and the second floor of Tequila (now the AV Restaurant & Lounge) as well as the Ramada Inn in Clarks Summit. It debuted at the recently remodeled Holiday Inn Scranton East on Jan. 18.

Monthly shows at the current location are headlined by nationally touring comedians who play at clubs, casinos, resorts, and colleges across the country and have appeared on HBO, Comedy Central, Showtime, Netflix, “Last Comic Standing,” “America’s Got Talent,” SiriusXM, Fox, ABC, NBC, CBS, MTV, VH1, BET, and more. Local and up-and-coming comedians are featured as well.

The Scranton Comedy Club also offers a no-cost way for nonprofit groups to raise money for their organizations through ticket sales. Those who are interested can email Lepka at laughoutlepkascomedy@gmail.com.