Veteran local comedian Ed McGonigal can tell early on whether it’s going to be a good night on stage.
“If the first joke gets a laugh, you know you’re doing good and can relax,” he said.
McGonigal will hope to get an early laugh on Friday night, when he and another longtime local funnyman, Joey Callahan, perform at the Buck Hotel in Feasterville. Callahan recently performed at the Borgata Casino in Atlantic City. He’s appeared on Comedy Central, won an ACE award and written for Jay Leno and others.
Mike Dougherty Productions has arranged the Yuks at the Buck show, which starts at 8:30 p.m. It follows a successful show in August that featured comedienne Chris Rich of Yardley.
Owner Brian Ruhling said guests will get to see a funny show in a nice venue and will have plenty of free parking available.
McGonigal, a graduate of St. Bernard Grammar School and Father Judge High School (Class of 1983), is a lifelong resident of Aldine Street in Mayfair. Callahan is an Archbishop Ryan graduate.
“Joey’s great. He’s a very, very funny comic,” McGonigal said.
McGonigal, who turned 47 on Sunday, started in the business 20 years ago, then took off for a few years before getting back on stage. He got his start during an open-microphone night at the old Comedy Works in Old City.
Today, he works about three weekends per month in the tri-state area. The busiest time for him comes from October to March.
Over the years, he has appeared on the Kidd Chris and Opie and Anthony radio shows. He’s opened for the likes of Colin Quinn and Gilbert Gottfried and had a memorable performance at the Electric Factory.
“There were fourteen-hundred people there. It was a lot of fun,” he said.
McGonigal, whose full-time job is at a paper box manufacturing plant in Moorestown, N.J., 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.
Even Jersey Shore’s Snooki, a new mom, might be mentioned in his act.
“Snooki’s baby already has a DUI,” he joked.
McGonigal promised comedy fans a good time on Friday night.
“It should be a great show. It’s going to be a great night of entertainment,” he said. ••EndFragment
Get your laughs
Comedians Joey Callahan and Ed McGonigal will perform on Friday night in the presidential ballroom of the Buck Hotel, at 1200 Buck Road in Feasterville.
Doors open at 8 p.m. Showtime is 8:30 p.m.
Tickets cost $15 in advance and $20 at the door. There will be a cash bar and food available for purchase.
For more information, call 215-396-2002 or visit http://www.thebuckhotel.com