On Oct. 19, comedian John Poveromo will be performing at the Candlelight Theater in Wilmington, DE, only 15 minutes from Widener’s campus. This week, he will also be headlining at the Comedy Works in Bristol, PA, on Oct. 13 and 14.
Poveromo, who opened for Jimmy Fallon, Gilbert Gottfried and Drew Carey, has been featured in the New York Times and Asbury Park Press, and has written for many shows including VH1, ESPN’s Sports Nation, The Independents, CNN’s Newsroom and Hannity. He has also been featured at the Jersey City Comedy Festival, the New York Underground Comedy Festival and Comcast On Demand’s “Young Comedians Showcase.”
Although he now lives in Los Angeles, Poveromo was born in Brooklyn and grew up in Toms River, NJ, around which much of his stand-up is centered. In a 2016 interview with New Jersey 101.5, Poveromo said the thing he missed most about the state he grew up in was Wawa–very relatable to anyone from Jersey or Pennsylvania. “No one knows what it is, but it’s 24 hours, it’s always there for you, it’s like a girlfriend that will never ever leave you,” he joked.
When asked what Jersey Moments he experiences in California, he immediately brought up his tendency to “scream at the top of my lungs” at people in traffic, much to their surprise. He also mentioned the infamous picture of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie with then-Republican nominee Trump in early 2016, which inspired the viral hashtag #FreeChrisChristie.
“I know it’s overplayed,” Poveromo began, “but seriously, there is nothing more Jersey than someone from Jersey dating a Benny and realizing they’re in an abusive relationship with somebody with a bad tan.”
But Poveromo is far from a one-trick pony. He manages an active, relevant Twitter account, is a meme enthusiast, and has written a collection of comics called “Drawings From A Nobody,” which is being backed by Jonas PR, a leading publicist of the comedy world (visit his GoFundMe page for the book here).
His stand-up is down-to-earth in a self-deprecating way, often commenting on his bad luck with women, his outrageous friends, and his quirky habits. “I’m not good at declining drugs in a cool way,” he said in one sketch at The Comedy Palace. “They were like hey, you wanna do some coke? And I was like no thanks, I just had a skittle.” Cue audience erupting in laughter.
Joey Kola, a comedian and actor whose resume boasts credits on the Rosie O’Donnell Show, Rachael Ray, and Kevin Can Wait, says Poveromo’s “cutting edge, quick witted sarcasm is hysterical and it’s fun to watch his playfulness with the audience as he drives home specific points with his spot on punchlines. In a world full of bland, he is a refreshing shot of young vibrant adrenaline that goes straight to your funny bone! This kid’s got the goods!!”
Tickets for Poveromo’s engagement at the Comedy Works Oct. 13 and 14 cost $20 per person, and you can call 215-741-1661 or visit http://www.comedyworksbristol.com/p/blog-page_7.html for more information.
Tickets for his show at the Candlelight Theater on Oct. 19 cost $27, and doors open at 6:30 p.m. with a complementary light fare buffet. The show itself starts at 7:30 p.m. You can buy tickets here.
Check out more of Poveromo’s stand-up below: