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Somerville PBA Hosts Dinner & Comedy Show with Ventriloquist John Pizzi

Ventriloquist John Pizzi and his partner Andy will headline the Somerville PBA #147 Dinner and Comedy Show Oct. 13 at the Manville VFW. Credits: Courtesy John Pizzi

SOMERVILLE, NJ – The ‘cuffs are off, and anything can and will be said – just for for laughs - at the 5th annual Comedy Show hosted by the Somerville PBA #147 at the Manville VFW Saturday night, Oct. 13.

Three comics, including ventriloquist John Pizzi, are scheduled to take the stage beginning at 8 p.m. The show will be proceeded by a 7 p.m. dinner, including chicken parmesan, ziti, meatballs, penne vodka and salad.

Tickets for dinner and the show are $40 and can be purchased at the door or ordered in advance on the PBA website, somervillepba.com, according to Officer Dave Chudy, president of the PBA. Tables for 8 ($320) or 10 guests ($400) can be reserved in advance.

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Pizzi is one of America's premiere ventriloquists. Besides being a favorite at America's top resorts such as The Riviera and The Tropicana in Las Vegas, he and his "partner" Andy have appeared on NBC’s America’s Got Talent, America’s Funniest People, Good Morning America and The Daily Show on Comedy Central. Since appearing on “America’s Got Talent,” he has been signed as the opening act for Clint Holmes and comic Pat Cooper.

Appearing with Pizzi will be Mike Speirs and Brad Trackman.

Speirs is a self-confessed former party boy, who now finds his hell-raising days are becoming a distant memory as he turns to a fresh and funny look at the realities of being a grown-up.

There’s the joy and pain of teaching social studies in public school, the big scare of open-heart surgery and wistful reminiscences about striking out with women in the glory days. Mike’s life is a running reality check, and he gives his honest take on being the guy he is.

He has been seen at the best venues on the East Coast including Turning Stone Casino, The Comedy Works, Bananas Comedy Club, Catch a Rising Star and The Comedy Connection. He was also recently featured at The Great American Comedy Festival at The Johnny Carson Theatre in Norfolk, NE.

Trackman is a NYC comedian who has made national television appearances on CBS' "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson," "Comics Unleashed" with Byron Allen, AXS TV's "Gotham Comedy Live," NBC's "Later," "Friday Night," CBS's "Star Search" with Arsenio Hall, ABC's "NY Comedy Festival," Metro TV's "New Joke City" hosted by Robert Klein, Comedy Central's "Heroes Of Jewish Comedy,” “Stand Up Stand Up" and MTV's "The Buried Life."

Trackman has opened for Dana Carvey, Joan Rivers, Robin Williams, Damon Wayons and Weird Al Yankovic.

The evening will also feature a 50/50 raffle and drawings for a variety of prizes, including a 42-inch TV with sound bar; tickets to the Giants-Eagles game at MetLife Stadium Dec. 17, including parking; a limited edition NY Giants poster; a signed NY Jets poster; gift baskets, gift cards; a wine refrigerator; coolers, and more.

The Manville VFW is located at 600 Washington Ave., Manville.

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