(SOUTH ORANGE, NJ) -- It's time to laugh again! South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC) is back with another installment of Laughs in the Loft, a monthly stand-up comedy series. Hosted by Joe Larson, each show features several comedians. The next performance is Wednesday, December 1 at 7:30pm. Tickets are $20. The lineup includes Ophira Eisenberg, Harry Terjanian, Linette Palladino, and Rich Aronovitch.
Ophira Eisenberg is the host of NPR’s Ask Me Another. She’s participated in the Montreal Comedy Festival and has appeared on Comedy Central, HBO and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.
Harry Terjanian, a New Jersey-bred comic, has been a part of the Chicago Just For Laughs Festival, the Great American Comedy Fest and was the winner of the Andy Kaufman Award.
Linette Palladino, another Garden State native, recently beat out hundreds of comics to make it to the final four of the HBO Latino Stand-up Competition.
Rich Aronovitch is the Tasmanian devil of comedy. His rapid style leaves rooms laughing so hard that no one can pinpoint what happened, they just know they loved it. Rich has been seen on WE network, the Playboy Channel, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and heard all over Sirius XM radio.
Tickets are $20 and available for purchase online. SOPAC is located at One SOPAC Way in South Orange, New Jersey. At this time, all SOPAC patrons are required to show proof of vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test and wear a mask. All current Covid-19 Precautions & Policies can be found at SOPACnow.org/Covid-19.
Laughs in the Loft is a SOPAC stand-up comedy series featuring comics from our own backyard, Brooklyn and beyond. Laughs in the Loft is held every first Wednesday of the month and each event features several comedians in a New York City-style showcase. The talent is announced approximately two weeks prior to each show, so you never know who might drop in! Beverages and concessions are available for purchase by credit card only. Laughs in the Loft is intended for mature audiences, ages 18 and up.
About the Host: Joe Larson
Pre-pandemic Joe Larson had one of the hottest shows in Brooklyn. Sold out each time to standing room only, his show Couleur Comedy was a huge success. It brought together the hottest up-and-coming comedians with established pros for a dynamic and exciting evening. Now, a South Orange resident, Larson is bringing his show to SOPAC.
Larson is a second-generation comedian. Much to his parent’s dismay at the age of twenty, he went into the family business. Right away he was chosen College Comedian of the Year at the Las Vegas Comedy Festival and shortly after he moved to New York City where he paid his dues at any club that would give him the mic.
Larson has been on stage at some of the best rooms in the city including the famed Caroline’s On Broadway and Gotham Comedy Club. He was nominated “Best Up-And-Coming Comedian” at the NYC MAC Awards, was a finalist in both the prestigious Johnny Carson Great American Comedy Festival and Boston Comedy Festival and was part of the feature film Stand Up 360. Larson has also been seen on Gotham Comedy Live, NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” “Laughs” on FOX, the Tonight Show’s Laugh Squad and the Speed Channel. On radio he is a repeat guest on Bob and Tom and the Bennington Show.
Since 2006, South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC) has been serving as a premier performing arts center in the region. SOPAC offers innovative artistic and cultural experiences for diverse audiences in an intimate, inviting environment. The arts center hosts a variety of live performances, community events and education programs for all ages. SOPAC is home for Seton Hall University Arts Council’s performances, including the Classical Concert Series, Jazz ‘N the Hall performances and Seton Hall University Theatre productions. SOPAC programs are made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Arts and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. The South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC) is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.