Comedian and promoter Joe Bublewicz will return to Surflight Theatre at 8:30 p.m. this Saturday, Oct. 6, to present yet another of his popular “Comedy Tonight” shows. Tickets for the show are a mere $15 and may be purchased online at surflight.org, by phone at 609-492-9477 or at the box office, located at 201 Engleside Ave., Beach Haven.
The evening’s featured entertainer will be the sarcastic Eric Lyden, a master of self-deprecation. After dropping out of college – community college at that – to become a stand-up comic, Lyden celebrates the struggles of a working-class hero. Making his lower-middle-class existence and lack of success the focal point of his comedy, Lyden gives his audience someone they can both laugh with and relate to. His tongue-in-cheek comments on white privilege are hilarious because, after all, look where all that privilege has gotten him!
Lyden lives and performs in New York City, working the Big Apple circuit that includes Carolines on Broadway, Stand-Up NY and the Gotham Comedy Club.
The show’s headliner will be Jay Black. He grew up in the Marlton section of Evesham Township and graduated from Cherokee High School. Upon graduating from The College of New Jersey in 1999, he returned to Burlington County to teach English at Seneca High School and then Shawnee High School.
Now, did you ever have a funny high school teacher? Wasn’t that refreshing? Was that your favorite teacher ever? Well, Black must have been everybody’s favorite teacher because he’s one funny dude. So in 2007, he made a huge career change, dumping the classroom for the life of a stand-up comic.
Actually he never really left school. He’s headlined clubs across the country including the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and the Tropicana in Atlantic City and just about every comedy club in between. He’s crisscrossed Europe as the host of the U.S. Army’s “I Am Strong” tour. He’s been the regular opener for Kevin Nealon’s club performances. But Black’s bread and butter is the college comedy circuit, where he has played almost 1,000 shows. He was named college comic of the year in 2009, 2013 and 2014 as well as being picked as the all-around college performer in 2013.
It is tough to describe Black’s style because it varies so much according to the venue. He can skate carefully around the PC culture of today’s college campuses but can get downright dirty in clubs. In other words, he can read a room, so his show at Surflight will probably depend on the reaction he receives when he dips his toes into different comedic styles.
One of the great things about comedy today is that anyone considering taking in a show can check out the comedians on YouTube. If you take a peek at some of Lyden’s and Black’s videos, you’re almost guaranteed to visit Surflight this Saturday. These are two funny guys. I’m sure a certain community college misses Lyden while a bunch of New Jersey high school students miss Black.