The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

January 30, 2014

Comedy show brings laughs to Milton

By Jeffrey Allen Federowicz
For The Daily Item

— MILTON -- If laughter is the best medicine, Joe Ohrin and a few of his friends have a strong prescription that will cure a bad case of cabin fever.

This Saturday, Ohrin, a noted comedian and amusing guy, will host an All Star Comedy Show at the Fraternal Order of Eagles in Milton that also features the funny stuff from two additional comedians who have totally different styles.

“The show is going to be a lot of fun and will have you laughing from start to finish,” said Ohrin. “It’s cold outside and snowing and if you don’t come to the show your face is going to freeze and that won’t be good.“

The show includes the funny antics of John Carfi, a stand-up comedian who got his first gig at the Comedy Store in Los Angeles.

From there his career was something to laugh at, in a good way, after performing at casinos, corporate events, resorts and concerts, including shows for Dennis Miller and Michael Bolton.

With perfect timing and an arsenal of jokes and antidotes, Carfi has found his calling in life by making people laugh one joke at a time.

“John is an amazing guy and knows how to make sure the audience is enjoying themselves,” Ohrin said during a recent interview that found him somewhere in the wilds of Central Pennsylvania. “John has performed across the country and has opened for Kenny Rogers in Las Vegas.”

Also on the roster will be the comedy and craziness of Rubi Nicholas, the winner of Nick at Nite’s “Funniest Mom in America.”

With a unique point of view and friendly style, Nicolas has a perfect sense of timing and clear charisma.

In other words, she’s a hoot and a half.

Nicolas has also appeared in two seasons of the “Night Out” TV series and will be seen and laughed at on a new series, “NickMom,” later this year.

Nicolas brings a fresh spin to the world of show business and comedy, a job Ohrin said is no laughing matter.

“People are always telling me I have such a great job making people laugh, which is true. I love that I can make an audience laugh,” Ohrin said. “But it takes a lot of work and time to be a stand-up comedian. Just because you are in show business doesn’t make it easy. Show business is really 10 percent show and 90 percent business.”

A graduate with a degree in communications, Ohrin decided to take a different path and hasn’t looked back.

His energetic, witty and ad-libbing routines include sharp material, plenty of real life experiences and lots of quick thinking.

Ohrin has performed at some of the country’s top nightclubs, appeared in international television commercials, national TV shows and opened for Chris Rock, Weird Al Yankovic, Jeff Dunham and Beatlemania.

“I love that I can be performing for a few thousand people or a roomful. It’s a wonderful thing to be able to make someone laugh.”

The Pennsylvania-based comedian recalled a specific instance when his comedy made an important impact.

Shortly after 9/11, Ohrin and a friend were riding the subway in New York City. Instead of the typical hustle, bustle and noise often found in a crowded subway car, the mood was somber. At the expense of his friend, Ohrin began to make some jokes about his friend’s habits and life, which got his fellow riders laughing.

When it came time to exit the car, a woman stopped Ohrin and thanked him for making the crowd laugh during a sad time.

The funny guy, who has performed at the famed Comic Strip and Dangerfield’s Comedy Clubs in New York, finds his comedy inspiration from his own life, his family and his surroundings.

“In comedy you have to be able to think on your feet and be able to react to what ever happens,” he said. “For me, comedy is exhilarating.”

Other career high points include contributing jokes to “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” performing at venues across the country and the rewarding experience of making people laugh.

The show in Milton marks the third time Ohrin has brought his comedy to the area and in the process, brightened the day of many individuals.