A night of comedy at Flickerwood Wine Cellars in Oxford
● By Steven Hoffman
Chris Coccia and Glen Jensen, two comedians who have appeared on Comedy Central and tour across the country performing at comedy clubs, will headline the next comedy night at Flickerwood Wine Cellars in Oxford on Friday, March 11.
Tammy Liberato, whose family owns and operates a winery in Kane, Pa. and two Flickerwood Wine Cellars in Oxford and Kennett, said that the comedy nights are growing in popularity.
“This will be our fourth comedy show in Oxford,” Liberato explained. “We have always wanted to do comedy nights, but our Kennett location was always too small. Our winery located in Kane, Pa. has had many comedy nights over the past 15 years.”
Liberato said that she arranged the appearances of the comedians through JCP Entertainment, which has 30 years of experience booking entertainers for special events. The company is run by Jimmy and Chris Carroll, and they offer a full range of services including comedians, magicians, murder mysteries, casino nights, theme parties, bands, and entertainment for children.
“We got connected with JCP Entertainment through our involvement with the Oxford Hornets Football Boosters,” Liberato explained. “We had a comedy night with them as a fundraiser for the Oxford Hornets football team, and that is when the partnership began. Chris [Carroll], the owner, is very easy to work with and has great connections in the entertainment arena.”
Liberato said that all the comedians who have performed at Flickerwood have pleased the audiences. She is looking forward to bringing Coccia and Jensen to Oxford.
“I have not seen these comedians in a live performance yet, but I watched their clips online and find that they are super-funny,” Liberato said. “No one has been disappointed with any of our shows thus far, and I am sure it will be the same this time. We have may repeat attendees for these comedy nights.”
Coccia maintains a full schedule performing at the country's top comedy clubs, colleges, and corporate events. He has appeared on Comedy Central, The Game Show Network, and XM Radio. He is also a frequent guest on several radio shows based in Philadelphia. He was invited to be a participant in the Great American Comedy Festival in Johnny Carson's hometown of Norfolk, Nebraska. He also won the 2008 Purina Pet Comedy Challenge, a national event with a $10,000 prize.
Jensen started out performing at various comedy clubs in Philadelphia, New Jersey and New York. He was a finalist in the Boston Comedy and Film Festival in 2001, and two years later he won the Philly's Funniest Comedy Competition. That led to an appearance on the “Comedy Show N Tell” show in Las Vegas. He was a finalist in The Comedy Zone’s Captains of Comedy. He is a regular performer in Las Vegas and Atlantic City. He also does stand-up at The Improv, The Funny Bone, Helium, and Catch a Rising Star.
The comedy nights at Flickerwood are earning fans in Oxford.
John McGlothlin, the owner of the Sawmill Grill, has attended each of the comedy events with his wife, Nicole, and he loves them.
“I am pleasantly surprised at the great talent and enjoy the intimate setting,” McGlothlin said. “The comedy nights at Flickerwood create good traffic and a positive atmosphere for downtown Oxford. Folks spend time eating and shopping before and after the shows.”
Coccia and Jensen will perform two shows on March 11, at 7:30 p.m. and at 9:30 p.m. Tickets are available by calling 610-932-9498, or by stopping in at Flickerwood's Oxford location at 33 South 3rd Street.