Empire City announces comedy shows in January

Make a New Year’s resolution to laugh a priority with Empire City Casino, the destination for a pair of Wednesday Night Comedy shows on Jan. 17 and Jan. 31.

Yannis Pappas, headliner for the Jan. 17 comedy show. Photos courtesy Empire City Casino

Comedy Central funnyman and MSG Networks’ ”The Bracket” host, Yannis Pappas,
headlines on Jan. 17, while on-the-rise Westchester native stand-up Paul
Virzi tops the bill on Jan. 31 in the casino’s popular Good Time Room.
Pappas has appeared on AXS TV, TruTV, VH1 and “Good Morning America,” and was the first comedian to ever do stand-up on the new “The Tonight Show” with Jimmy Fallon.

His album, “Let Me Be Yannis,” was awarded Album of the Year for 2016 by SiriusXM Comedy,
and his half-hour Comedy Central special is available on Amazon, iTunes, and

Pappas will be joined by featured stand-up Adrienne Iapalucci and Tom Cassidy as the host.

Adrienne Iapalucci, featured stand-up for Yannis Pappas.

Bronx-born Iapalucci competed on season seven of the hit NBC television series, “Last Comic Standing,”
while Cassidy launched his career in Philadelphia at The Laff House Comedy Club.
Virzi’s 2015 debut comedy album “Night at the Stand” reached No. 1 on iTunes and No. 4
on Billboard’s Top 100. Virzi has made appearances on a gamut of television programs including TruTV’s “Comedy Knockout,” AXS TV’s “Gotham Comedy Live,” the NFL Network’s “Good Morning Football,” FOX’s “Redeye,” and has also written for the ESPN ESPY Awards. He was first attracted to stand-up comedy at age nine when he watched Eddie Murphy’s “Raw.”

Joining Virzi is featured comedian Randy Syphax, who has performed in the New York Comedy Festival, and the evening’s host, Bronston Jones, who stands at 6 feet 7 inches tall with giant-sized jokes called
“certifiably unique” by LA Weekly.
Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are sold at the door the night of the show. Admission is $5 for Empire Club members and $25 for non-members. Non-members can stop by any promotions booth prior to the show and join the Empire Club for free. Elite Club and President’s Club members gain free admission. All attendees receive a complimentary drink ticket.
While visiting Empire City, patrons can try their luck on the IGT Wheel of Fortune Triple Stars slot machine, where the record jackpot, only available at Empire City, is fast-approaching the $2.7 million mark.



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