Staying off-the-cuff

Comedian John Poveromo is bringing relatable stand up to Comedy Works in Bristol

On stage: On Aug. 2-3, comedian John Poveromo is returning to the Comedy Works in Bristol for a two-night stint. Source: John Poveromo

It’s been almost two years since Brooklyn-born, New Jersey-raised comedian John Poveromo graced the stage of the Comedy Works in Bristol. For one hour, local audiences sat back, relaxed and enjoyed his unique, off-the-cuff material that talked about everything from relationships to politics.

On Friday, Aug. 2, and Saturday, Aug. 3, the 34-year-old is returning to the Comedy Works for a two-night stint. While these shows are set to have that same relatable charm, Poveromo promised a fresh experience for any returning attendees.

“Each show is different. Each show is unique to that audience. I like to improvise a lot when I’m on stage. I try to be loose,” Poveromo told The Times ahead of the performance. “I’ve got my material and everything, but I like to be able to play in between with the audience. I think that makes it a more intimate and special show for them. You won’t see the same show twice.”

As far as Poveromo’s comedy style, he defined it as “very conversational” and “in the moment.” Ultimately, it’s unpredictable. Just as he did in 2017, Poveromo touches on points that the majority of individuals can connect to, while throwing some humorous self-deprecation into the mix.

“I love talking about my life, but I like talking about people, social behaviors, dating, traveling. Mostly, I like to talk about people, how they behave, just us in general,” he said. “The human condition, let’s say.”

Since The Times last spoke with Poveromo in 2017, he’s been quite the busy man, hosting the Garden State Film Festival for the first time, touring the country to headline clubs and (hopefully) booking an audition for a new Billy Crystal movie.

Poveromo has also been traveling regularly to Los Angeles, California to meet with VHI, MTV and Comedy Central producers, who are looking to collaborate with him for a standup comedy special on Showtime.

In the midst of his hectic schedule, Poveromo is working with a friend on a new book. Slated for release in the fall, it will feature cartoons and games inspired by his life on the road. He can also be heard once a month on Sirius XM.

For new and old fans alike, Poveromo provided an inarguable reason why Bucks County residents should come out to the Comedy Works next month.

“Just have fun for an hour, take your mind off stuff. Let me relieve some of that stress that you’re dealing with. And then as soon as you leave the club, you can go right back into that stress,” he said. “I don’t care what happens after you leave. Once you leave, you’re out of my hands. But for an hour, come have fun.”

He also had a second reason…

“I’m extremely charming,” he said with a laugh, adding that he is, in fact, single. “Can you take out a personal ad for me?” ••

If you go…

John Poveromo will perform at Comedy Works, 1320 Newport Road, Bristol, on Friday, Aug. 2, and Saturday, Aug. 3, at 9:30 p.m. Visit for ticket information.

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