Wine & Comedy – September 16th
Saturday, September 16, 2023
- Venue: Old York Cellars, Ringoes, NJ
- Check In: 7:00 pm
- Show Starts: 8:00 pm
- Show Ends: 10:00 pm (Approximate)
- Hosted By: Helene Angley
OLD YORK CELLARS WELCOMES HEADLINER: Johnny Watson
Johnny Watson comes under many descriptions: “Dynamic,” “Relatable,” “Professional,” and most important of all, “Very, Very Funny.” Johnny Watson is a “nice guy” comedian who can perform anywhere and under any circumstance. Once Johnny finds his “zone” he’s all there.
Audiences love him for his charisma on the stage. Johnny creates an outstanding relationship with the crowd, easily interacting with groups large and small with his clean, sometimes goofy and sometimes edgy delivery. He excels a treading a crowd and playing to its taste. Club owners love Watson for his dependability.
“Johnny always gets the job done, regardless of the size of the crowd or the venue, ”said Gordie Mills, manager of the Comedy Nest in Montreal, Canada. Whether on stage or in front of the camera, Johnny’s charm and humor attracts attention.
“That guy [Watson] has the looks, the smarts, and the appeal to be a star,” Hollywood casting director Dean Fronk said after seeing Watson perform in Pasadena, California.
Johnny has even garnered attention from Hollywood stars. Adam Ferrara of the acclaimed FX hit “Rescue Me” and Comedy Central fame said after a performance that “Johnny Watson always makes me laugh.” Part of what makes Johnny so funny is that he doesn’t have a need to exaggerate. Genuinely honest and self-deprecating, there is no topic from his life that he is afraid to poke fun at. From a tough New Jersey neighborhood, Johnny “couldn’t fight a lick,” he says, so “I had to be funny if I wanted to stay alive!” After graduating dead last in his class, Grandma Watson implored him to try comedy because, she said lovingly, “you’re no good at anything else!”
FEATURED COMEDIAN: Ed McGonical
Ed McGonigal, a comedian from Philadelphia. McGonigal got his start during open-microphone night at the Comedy Works in Philadelphia and has never looked back. Over the years, McGonigal has appeared on the Kidd Chris and Ophie and Anthony radio shows. He has opened for the likes of Colin Quinn and the late, great Gilbert Gottfied. McGonigal, performs topical and observational humor on stage, with many of the jokes coming from twists on news stories. He’ll tell jokes about being Irish-Catholic. He’ll make cracks about Facebook, local sports teams, cell phones, television commercials and GPS.
OPENING COMEDIAN: Marc Kaye
I love writing and getting to make people laugh! I have been a regular on the comedy circuit and get to connect with people through stories of growing up differently, navigating fatherhood, marriage…then divorce… getting older, strange looks while traveling and even stranger thoughts when not distracted!
To me, performing stand-up is only part of what makes a great event. The stories that connect us as human beings (often at my expense) make the laughs bigger, the feelings greater and the memories last longer. In a world with plenty to stress us out, it’s a privilege to share an experience with an audience – no matter how small or large – that, even for a moment, makes us realize we’re all figuring this out together.
HOST COMEDIAN: HELENE ANGLEY
Helene – ” That Tall Blonde Comic” …and not Jane Lynch!…Although she looks like her! Whether it’s TV, The Borgata in AC, NYC Friars Club, the east coast club scene, or a winery; Helene has been delivering her expressive and crowd engaging comedy to the stage for over a dozen hilarious years and brings honesty to the stage that helps everyone relax and laugh at the joy and pain of aging and being a married mother of two and all that generation gap brings! This is one groovy, funny woman who enjoys reaching into the crowd to share laughs with audiences of all ages!!