Wednesday, November 1 at 7:30PM

Join us for Laughs in the Loft, a monthly series featuring stand-up comics from our own backyard, Brooklyn and beyond. You never know who might drop in!

Vishnu Vaka – Vishnu Vaka is an up-and-coming comic performing all over New Jersey and New York. Originally from India, he’d been in 14 schools by the time he got to fifth grade. He moved to the U.S. as a teenager but kept his accent as he loves it. He got fat and became an American citizen…in that order.  Vishnu wants everyone to be happy and laughing all the time, and he’s doing his part by being the best comedian on the land (come judge for yourself!). He believes people who take themselves seriously are nincompoops.

Andy Glaser – Andy Glaser is a New Jersey native who has been a finalist in the Bud Light Ladies of Laughter.  She is a regular at Gotham Comedy Club and has been seen on the reality show People’s Court (the first Laughs in the Loft comedian to have done so!).

Roy George – Roy George hails from Long Island and is a married father-of-two.  His comedy explores his experiences of being a first generation Indian American born in the Bronx, raised in Queens and Connecticut. He gets the audience laughing recounting his humorous approach of going against the grain of strict Indian customs while growing up in various racially adverse settings.

Joe Matarese – Joe Matarese received a standing ovation from all four judges on Season 9 of America’s Got Talent.  He’s also been seen on Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central, The Late Show with David Letterman, The Howard Stern Show, and many many more!

Scott Holt – Scott Holt is a South Orange native that has been seen on Good Morning America and Good Day New York and now “Good evening, SOPAC”!



About Host Joe Larson

Joe is a comedian, husband and father – the former makes the latter well….interesting.

When Joe met his now wife she loved how much he made her laugh. He warned her that while she finds it cute now, she may feel differently when he is unable to do anything but joke during the heat of an argument. As his wife eventually found out “you’re funny all the time!” can quickly turn into “Does everything have to be a joke?”

Perhaps it’s not his fault, Joe is after all a second generation comedian. Much to his parent’s dismay at the age of twenty, Joe went into the family business. Straight away he was chosen College Comedian of the Year at the Las Vegas Comedy Festival and shortly after he made the move to New York City where he paid his dues at any club that would give him the mic.

Joe 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. Joe 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.

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, Joe is bringing his show to SOPAC.


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