SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- On Friday night, comedian Mike Marino took to the stage at the Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School auditorium for the first time since he was 18 years old to help raise money for the Raiders ice hockey program.

Introduced by the beloved music instructor Vincent Turturiello ("Mr. T"), Marino mused: "At what point do I stop referring to him as Mr. Turturiello and say, 'Yo, Vinnie'?"

The comedian, who has performed at major comedy clubs across the country and worked on Tonight Show with Jay Leno sketches for years, was thrilled to perform in his hometown and to get the opportunity to say words in his act (unprintable here) that he couldn't say while he was still a student. More than 500 people attended the show, which benefitted the high school hockey program, which celebrated its 10th season this year.

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“There’s no greater high. Performing helps people forget about life in the moment and makes them happy for a while,” explained Marino, who has earned a living as an entertainer for most of his life.  

Sponsors of the event included Posh Car Wash, The Stage House, Darby Road, Grillestone, and Nunzio's Pizza.