Asbury Laughs: March Edition


Welcome to the first-ever Asbury Laughs Column on

Comedy isn’t something unfamiliar to the site as we’ve interviewed comedians throughout the past five years. However, much like we support the local Asbury Park music scene, we wanted to dedicate some press to the burgeoning Asbury Park comedy scene (which also includes areas surrounding AP). In conjunction with local comic Angelo Gingerelli, we’ve put together a short calendar of events. In the future look for expanded coverage, including interviews and live coverage of shows. Till then, get out there and support local comedy!

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1. “Comedy on Cookman” – Monthly showcase of up-and-coming comics at The ShowRoom Cinema (independent movie theatre) featuring 3 comics doing stand-up and participating in the “5 Rounds” Panel Discussion. Next Show: 3/28.

2. Comedy Open Mic at Bank on Mattison – Open Mic every other Wednesday at one of the coolest bars in Asbury. Show is free for audience, $5 for performers and each comic gets between 5-10 minutes of stage time depending on how many people sign-up. Next Shows: 3/4 and 3/18.

Taylor Allen (The Spelling Bee)

Monthly shows at The Saint. Usually brings in “alternative” headliners like Kyle Kinane with local comics opening the show. Next Show: Kurt Braunohler on 3/22.

Geno Talarico (Bust-A-Gut Comedy Clubs)

Weekly shows at Nino’s Pizza in Ocean featuring pretty well known headliners (Bob Levy, DC Benny, etc.). Next Show: 3/7 featuring Rich Kiamco and Rich McDonald.

Chris Covert (Jersey Jokers)

Monthly Open Mic at The Dublin House in Red Bank (first Thursday of every month). Jersey Joker shows at various locations in Red Bank featuring regional headliners and local openers.
Next Shows: Chris Johnston on 3/12 at The Dublin House, Bob Levy on 3/13 at MJ’s in Matawan.

Mike O’Keefe (Improv Jam)

Improv/Stand-Up shows in AsburyPark. Was running a weekly show at 610 Bangs Ave. Is moving into a new space on Cookman Ave. next month. Next Show: 3/7.

Dan Gagliardi & Rob Avon

Open Mic at Crust & Crumble Pizzeria (The Shoppes on Cookman Ave.). Every other Thursday, no cover. Next Show: 3/19

Angelo Gingerelli has been contributing to The Pop Break since 2015 and writing about pop culture since 2009. A Jersey shore native, Gingerelli is a writer, stand-up comic, hip-hop head, sneaker enthusiast, comic book fan, husband, father and supporter of the local arts scene. He likes debating the best rappers of all time, hates discussing why things were better in the “Good Ol’ Days” and loves beating The Pop Break staff at fantasy football. You can catch up with Angelo on Twitter/IG at @Mr5thRound, at his website or interviewing rising stars in NJ’s Hip-Hop scene on “The A&R Podcast” (iTunes/SoundCloud).