SCRANTON — Laugh Out Lepka and the Beer Geeks radio hour on WILK 103.1 present the first comedy show of the summer. The Scranton Summer Comedy Bash will showcase four headliners June 7 on the Electric City stage at the Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel.
“The show is a bang for your buck for entertainment,” said Kevin Lepka, comedian and show producer. “What else are you doing on Sunday night beside whining about having to go to work the next day?”
Lepka brought Gilbert Gottfried to the Radisson in March and wants to keep the laughs coming. His comedy club at Tequila Mexican Bar & Grill, 322 Penn Ave., is hosting shows once a month this summer.
The Scranton Summer Comedy Bash headliners include “The Reverend” Bob Levy, Bonnie McFarlane, John Kensil and Ron Babcock. Other comedians include Lepka, Louis “Twitchels” Centanni, Alan Dudeck, Matt Serniak, Dave Savage and Fast Freddie.
McFarlane appeared on the “Late Show with David Letterman” and produced and starred in a Netflix movie, “Women Aren’t Funny.”
Musical guests, The New Evolution, will play throughout the evening. The musicians are 16, 14 and 12 years old with Billy Thoden on guitar and vocals, Dom Levy on bass and Corey Chodes on drums.They are determined to “bring rock back to what it was,” said Levy, whose son is in the band.
Lepka and Levy warn audiences the show is uncensored with adult language and content.
“I think most comedy shows are adult shows,” Levy said. “It is nothing you haven’t heard before. As far as it being dirty, what does dirty even mean? Just look at it as funny. It’s an act.”
Babcock, a Wilkes-Barre native, warns the show will be edgy, but said he performed his jokes in front of his mother and she still loves him. He now resides in Los Angeles and is looking forward to coming back to perform for his friends and family. He’s performed on Comedy Central and on “Last Comic Standing.”
“I love coming back to the area to perform,” he said. “It is a bit nerve-racking because I want to do a good job. I want to prove I made the right choices. No one wants to bomb in front of their family.”
Levy was a regular on “The Howard Stern Show” and the “Opie and Anthony” radio show. He now hosts “The Bob Levy Show” a podcast with John Kensil and Joe Conte where they take “on issues that most radio hosts don’t have the balls to,” according to their Facebook page. Levy said he was in Scranton “years ago” and is looking forward to coming back to the Electric City.
“I remember the pizza being really good,” Levy said. “I haven’t been there in years and I still remember that. It just really surprised me.”
Centanni, a comic with Tourette’s syndrome from New Jersey is an entertainment industry veteran.
Many will recognize the 29-year-old’s voice from Opie and Anthony. His nickname “Twitchels” came from Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie when he appeared on “The Simple Life.” Centanni also appeared on MTV’s “True Life” series, focusing on living with Tourette’s.
“Humor is therapeutic for me,” he said. “I also get to spread awareness about TS. I love interacting with the audience and encourage them to ask questions about TS.”
Centanni said when people think of Tourette’s syndrome, they usually think of cursing. “I curse and have a foul mouth, but it has nothing to do with my TS,” he said. “That’s just the Jersey in me.”
The comics encourage fans of comedy to come see the show of the summer.
“Come out and do something different,” Babcock said. “It will be fun to be in town and to get drunk with everyone after the show.”