Have a laugh with a few comics at the Woodlands

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First Posted: 1/19/2015

Last year’s Gallup Poll cited the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton area, pretty much last, on its Well-Being Index.

The area ranked ranked 177th out of 189.

Kevin Lepka decided it was time for a change. He created “Laugh-Out-Lepka” to bring a sense of humor to one of the country’s allegedly most depressed cities.

“Wisecrackers had closed and moved to the Casino,” said Lepka. “I felt like I needed to fill a comedy void.”

Lepka has been hosting benefit comedy shows ever since and he’s gone one coming up on Friday, Jan. 31 at The Woodlands in Wilkes-Barre. The show includes headline Kate Wolff, from Tru TV, with performances by Lepka, John Walton, Half & Half and Delmer Von W.

The doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. The event is 21 and older, because, there’s an after party. Tickets are $15. Before the show gets the audience laughing, they’ll have an opportunity to win some raffle prizes donated from local businesses or even some cold, hard cash from a 50/50 raffle. All proceeds benefit local charities.

Charities who have benefited in the past include: Marley’s Mission, St. Joseph’s Center, United Neighborhood Centers of Northeastern Pennsylvania, and Employment Opportunity and Training Center of Northeastern Pennsylvania.

“The proceeds will be matched dollar for dollar by a private benefactor,” Lepka said. “One of the raffle baskets will be two tickets to the biggest show we have ever put on, Gilbert Gottfried at the Radisson Hotel in Scranton. This show will be on March 6.”

Another show Lepka is putting on is “Cupid’s Revenge: Comedy Show and Dating Game” at Ale Mary’s in Scranton on Feb. 13. Tickets are $25 which includes two free drinks.

“The show will be hosted by myself and Sergio Marzitelli,” Lepka said. “The comedian headliner will be RIP Michaels from MTV’s show ‘Wild’n Out.’ The dating game will be about two or three rounds of games and then we will tally the scores and three men and three women will be paired as couples for the dating game.”

The winners of the dating game get a free Valentine’s Day dinner package.

“It’s a different way of playing matchmaker,” Lepka said.

Every Tuesday, offers more opportunities to laugh in NEPA during open mic night at The Woodlands. NEPA Scene and The Woodlands offer a free open mic to anyone who is interested. Performers can range from musicians to comedians, everyone is welcome.

“I am from the Electric City,” Lepka said. “I want to make it a better place and make sure everyone around me is laughing.”