SCRANTON — Giggle, chuckle, laugh, and guffaw at Temple Hesed’s Third Annual Comedy Night on Saturday, April 30, at Temple Hesed, 1 Knox Road. The night is a tribute to the maxim that life is worth living when it includes a lot of laughter, and features a side splitting array of three comedians from the tri-state area who have won numerous competitions and been regularly featured on national media.
Robin Fox, the headliner, hails from New Jersey, and decided to catapult from being the “funniest mom on the block” to being a top comedian showcased at theaters, clubs and stages throughout the northeast. She parlayed her talent for ascerbic wit as a housewife of 17 years into a powerhouse act, taking on her 28-year marriage, kids, her aging parents, suburban life and more. Fox rose quickly through the comedy ranks and was immediately noticed among her peers and at several comedy competitions.
She is the 2012 Grand Winner of the Ladies of Laughter Competition, and the winner of the 2010 Gilda’s Club Laugh Off. Her roster of awards also includes first runner up at Philadelphia’s Funniest and trifecta finalist finishes in The Laugh Off at Caroline’s, Baltimore’s Funniest and Bud Lights Ladies of Laughter. She was also a featured performer on WOR’s Joe Reynold’s show.
Bringing her considerable talents as a first rate comedian and delivering big when it comes to engaging audiences is feature performer Katherine Williams, a New York City-based stand-up comic, actor and playwright. She recently was showcased on Gotham Comedy Live on AXS TV. Her credits include runner-up in the 2014 Ladies of Laugher competition and finalist in the 2014 She-Devil Comedy Festival. She also performed in the Boston Comedy Festival, Bridgetown Comedy Festival and Laughing Skull Comedy Festival.
Seven of her plays have been produced in New York City, including the sold-out hit of the 2012 New York International Fringe Festival, “Shiksappeal: Getting the Chosen to Choose Me.”
Serving as Master of Ceremonies is NEPA native Steve Levanthal, who started his comedy career while working at the Tempe Improv while he attended Arizona State University. He has performed in comedy clubs, bars, colleges and private parties all over the northeastern United States. His wacky descriptions of his family life, social life and love life will hit a familiar chord and keep the audience wildly entertained as he grabs hold of the night’s events and never lets go. His odd perspective on life and the way he sees the world will make everyone wonder what he is going to say next.
Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door and may be purchased online at hesedcomedy.eventbrite.com or by calling the Temple Hesed Office at 570-344-7201. Patron tickets are available for $50 and include one complimentary drink, plus preferred seating. Beer, wine and soda will be available for purchase and one must be 21 or older to attend.