UNION, NJ – It was a comical night in Union Center on Friday at the first-ever Comedy Night at Columbus Park.

Sponsored by the Union Special Improvement District, the show was hosted by Fig, who has been seen on Showtime, Def Comedy Jam, and Caroline’s on Broadway.

The lineup featured comedians Ruperto Vanderpool, as seen on The Last OG, Cookout the Movie, Comedy Central, and BET; Kenny Williams, from HBO’s Bad Boys of Comedy BET and Caroline’s on Broadway; and JoJo Collins, as seen on Caroline’s on Broadway.

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“It was a very successful night,” said Collins, a comedienne from Irvington.  “The crowd was great, and I appreciate everyone that came out in this weather. It may have been cold outside, but the show was hot!”

About 30 people filled Columbus Park, behind Van Gogh’s Ear, despite the chilly weather.  The SID came prepared with heaters and gave out free hot cocoa and cookies from Jammed Up Bakery. The SID collaborated with surrounding restaurants including Van Gogh’s Ear Café, OT’s Lounge, and Gusto Y Sabor Colombian Restaurant to offer those attending Comedy Night a percentage discounted off their meal. This cross-promotion was called “Laughter Is On Us” and was promoted on various social media platforms.

“We saw this as a great opportunity to involve the unique restaurants that were within walking distance of the show,” stated Fatimah Raymond, Union Center SID Director. “We were able to promote their business and our event at the same time as well as encourage everyone to go out to the Center and truly enjoy their Friday night.”