Jesse Blanco: Life as a Comedian and Local Comedy Shows

Comedian Jesse Blanco talks about the Reading Comedy Outlet and about how he balances his life working and performing at regional comedy shows.

Blanco runs a busy life. During the day he works full time for the City of Reading and nights performs his stand up comedy routine at regional shows. Going to comedy clubs isn’t the only place Blanco performs. He says about half of his work is performing private shows, most notably corporate holiday parties.

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Jesse’s recent shows at the Reading Comedy Outlet have been nothing short of fantastic. With notable acts like Brad Trackman, author of Anthony Kamiya’s autobiography, and the incredibly talented Robin Monta q, the audience has been treated to an array of comedic brilliance. Despite not reaching peak attendance yet, Jesse is thrilled with the direction the outlet is heading, focusing on quality acts that leave the audience in stitches.

For those unfamiliar with the Reading Comedy Outlet, it’s nestled within the Alley-Oop Sports Bar, part of the Hiester Lanes Bowling Alley. Shows typically run from 7:00 to 9:30, with doors opening at 7:00. Tickets are a steal at $10 prepay or $15 at the door, offering unbeatable entertainment value in Berks County.

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Excitement is brewing for tomorrow night’s show featuring Helene Agni and Bill Chang, with Jesse Khan as the host. This particular show holds sentimental value as it’s in collaboration with the class of ’88 from Reading High School, who are collecting toys for Toys for Tots. Jesse encourages attendees to bring a toy, promising to match donations made by ticket holders.

Jesse’s comedy journey isn’t just about delivering punchlines; it’s about living the dream. Despite the long nights balancing his regular job and comedic pursuits, Jesse finds solace in the laughter he brings to his audience. His passion for comedy shines through as he eagerly talks about upcoming gigs and the thrill of pursuing his dream.

Corporate gigs may not be the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of comedy, but Jesse has had his fair share of unique experiences. From performing at holiday parties to entertaining audiences spanning all ages, Jesse’s adaptability shines through. Learning from past experiences, Jesse ensures his comedy act is tailored to suit any corporate event, promising a night of laughter for all.

One particularly memorable gig was for the Shippensburg Police Department, where Jesse entertained an audience ranging from seven to seventy years old. Despite the diverse crowd, Jesse embraced the challenge, proving that laughter truly knows no age limits.

If you’re in need of a good laugh, make sure to catch Jesse Blanco and other talented comedians at the Reading Comedy Outlet. With shows scheduled throughout the holiday season and beyond, there’s never been a better time to experience the magic of live comedy. Remember, it’s not just about the jokes; it’s about creating moments of joy and laughter that stay with you long after the show ends.

Don’t forget to bring a toy for Toys for Tots and join Jesse Khan in spreading some holiday cheer through laughter. See you there!

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Jason Hugg
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