Sarcasm Comedy Club brings laughs to South Jersey Article

Sarcasm is a form of wit that is intended to make its victim the target of contempt or ridicule.
And that is exactly what Steve Trevelise was hinting at when he used the word in the name of his new club, Sarcasm Comedy Club in Cherry Hill.
“I think sarcasm not only best describes my personlity, but is the best way for us to look at the world,” Trevelise said. “Comedy is where we look at the world right in the eye and laugh in its face. Right now, we’ve never needed it more.”
Trevelise, who has aired on Philadelphia radio for 25 years, began his career reading updates on “The Howard Stern Show.”
“Now I work on WIP with Howard Eskin,” he said. “ I started performing stand-up comedy in (2000) and have opened for Robert Klein, Gabe Kaplan, Pat Cooper and the late Richard Jeni.”
Trevelise has performed at The Borgata in Atlantic City and has been the emcee and general manager of Catch a Rising Star in Princeton for the last five years. Catch a Rising Star, a comedy club tradition which got its start in 1972 in New York City, has five clubs all over the country including the one in Princeton.
The grand opening for his latest project, Sarcasm Comedy Club, was on Jan. 16 and he has been hosting stand-up shows every Friday night at 8:30 p.m. and Saturday night at 7:30 and 10 p.m. since opening night.

“I love it when there’s a packed house and they are laughing at everything you’re saying,” he said. “There’s no greater feeling in the world.”
In an effort to share that feeling with others, Trevelise is hosting the Comedy School at the Broadway Theater in Pitman beginning March 17 and running for six weeks.

Students will perform on stage at the theater and learn everything from writing a joke to opening a club from Trevelise and headlining comedian and actor Jimmy “Roundboy” Graham.
“I’m constantly being asked by people who come to the club how to get started,” Trevelise said. “What better place to learn then the place that has launched so many careers.”
Trevelise and Graham also taught this class at Catch a Rising Star in Sea Isle City and have produced graduates such as Flyers’ Hall of Famer Dave Shultz and wrestling great King Kong Bundy.
Most of the comedy shows presented at the Sarcasm Comedy Club are rated PG or R.
“I get veteran comics who have performed all over the country,” he said. Some upcoming guests include Dennis Malloy from New Jersey 101.5, Joe Matarese who had his own Comedy Central special, Joe Conklin and Big Daddy Graham, Shultz, Bundy and former Eagles linebacker Garry “G” Cobb.
“If you’ve been doing comedy a long time and you’re good at it, it would make sense that you would have been on Comedy Central, HBO or late-night television and my comics have been,” Trevelise said proudly.
On March 5, Geno Bisconte, a Vineland native, will perform at the club.
“He is one of the fastest rising comics in New York,” he said. “You may have seen him on the Fox Redeye or heard him on the Kidd Chris show, WIP’s Steve Trevelise show or Sirius satellite radio.”
Bisconte said he always looks forward to getting back to the South Jersey area.
“Laughter heals people from the inside,” he said. “I’m very edgy. I talk about race, religion and even cancer. We are a spoiled country and we look for things to be offended about. Until we learn to let that go, we’ll just sit around and worry.”
He believes the country has turned into a bunch of people who say the right thing just so they can act inappropriately.
“I want you to laugh when you don’t want to,” he said.
Bisconte, now a resident of Brooklyn, is excited to be playing at the Sarcasm Comedy Club.
“People should come support Sarcasm because there’s no real, good comedy clubs in the area right now,” he said. “There’s nothing like seeing a live comedy show, and comics want to play for as many people as they can.”
Trevelise said visitors can always expect A-list comedy at B-list prices at Sarcasm.
“At $18 a ticket, you’ll never find a better deal for a night out,” he said. “Comedy is a one- on-one experience, and at Sarcasm, we make sure you’re satisfied from the moment you walk in to the time you exit.”
In addition to hosting comedy shows at Sarcasm two nights a week, Trevelise is also planning a show in Pitman.
Trevelise and three other comedians will present the “What Are YOU Laughing At” comedy show at The Broadway Theater of Pitman on Saturday, Feb. 27 at 8 p.m.
Malloy, Graham and Uncle Floyd of Dr. Demento fame will join Trevelise for a stand-up extravaganza.

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