Nov. 16 Comedy Show at Surflight to Benefit Beach Haven Fire Co.

By Rick Mellerup | Nov 11, 2019
Max Dolcelli

Beach Haven — Joe Bublewicz, who jokes that with a name like his it was practically preordained that he would become involved in the world of laughs, was the man behind the scenes at Surflight Theatre’s popular Comedy Tonight shows in 2019. He has been Comedy Tonight’s promoter, rounding up the comedians for the Surflight shows. But on Saturday, Nov. 16, at 8:30 p.m., Bublewicz will come out of the shadows, not only organizing a Surflight show benefiting the Beach Haven Volunteer Fire Co., but also performing as its host and emcee.

Bublewicz is a stand-up comic in his own right, with 20 years of experience; he has become a popular regular at the Borgata in Atlantic City.

Speaking about Atlantic City, Bublewicz has a bit that revolves around traveling to that town for a show, a bit that talks about a roadway that Southern Ocean County residents know well.

“I had a private show in Atlantic City last week. I took the back road there, 539 South – are you familiar with that road? I’m at a red light, there’s a sign on the side of the road, it said ‘CAUTION, low flying aircraft.’ I said, ‘Exactly how low are these planes flying?’ I’m driving a car; I shouldn’t have to worry about running into an airplane. I’m no air traffic controller, but if you’re flying a plane and you hit a car, that’s too low. Get back in the friendly skies.”

Bublewicz will be joined onstage Saturday evening by headliner Max Dolcelli and featured performer Michael Harrison.

For nearly 30 years, Dolcelli has made people laugh in comedy clubs and comedy festivals throughout the United States and Canada as well as casinos and clubs in Las Vegas, Atlantic City and the Bahamas, not to mention corporate events, cruise ships, radio and TV.

Harrison is an actor as well as a comic. Some of his acting projects include been MuchMusic’s “Video on Trial,” NBC’s “The Bridge,” “Queer as Folk” and the TBS movie “The Jazzman.” He was also featured in his own nationally syndicated half-hour comedy special.

Harrison has played just about every type of comedy scene imaginable, including colleges, corporate shows, comedy clubs, cruise ships, bars, even churches. He’s in constant rotation on several programs on Sirius XM radio and has been featured in several prestigious comedy festivals such as Montreal’s famous “Just for Laughs,” the “Clean Showcase” show at Laughfest and the Windsor Comedy Festival in Ontario. By the way, Harrison felt right at home at “Just for Laughs” and in Windsor – he was born and raised in a small Canadian town before striking off to New York City to kick-start a career in comedy.

Dolcelli can find humor in the most common situations: “I went into a Dunkin’ Donuts today. It must have been this kid’s first day or maybe he was just plain stupid. I walk into the Dunkin’ Donuts and I said, ‘I wanna get a dozen doughnuts’ and he looks at me and he says, ‘Well, how many do you want?’

“At first I thought he was messing with me. I said, ‘OK, a dozen,’ and he looks at me and says, ‘Well, how many?’ I know at that point that he didn’t know! So I point to the sign. It said ‘a dozen donuts, $8.99’ – ‘that’s 24 doughnuts!’

“I know that was the wrong thing to do. I should have said 36.”

Harrison, too, can find laughs in any place.

“I love the library, oh I love the library. Any library lovers here? I love it, because everything’s free. Right, free movies, free music, free books, it’s like Disney Land for cheap people. I love it!

“And some people take it for granted. Like I was at the library a few weeks ago, and over the intercom this girl goes, ‘The internet is now down for 20 minutes.’ And some girl at the computer goes, ‘Jesus, what’s next!’

“What’s next? Ever thought about waiting? There’s books and magazines – that’s like the ultimate waiting room.

“But she couldn’t. She got up and she started railing at the librarian, and this is what I heard her say – she said, ‘You know what, we pay taxes, it’s your job to maintain this.’ And I’m thinking, ‘You know what, if you depend on the library for your email, you probably don’t pay taxes.’”

Tickets for the benefit comedy show are $20. They may be purchased online at, by phone at 609-492-9477 or at the door.

Rick Mellerup

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