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Legend of laughter

Loc­al comedi­an Ed McGo­nigal will per­form at the Yuks at the Buck show this Fri­day at the Buck Hotel in Feasterville.

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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 

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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

You can reach at twaring@bsmphilly.com.

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