Ocean City Today

Comedians return to bring laughter to Princess Royale

By Kara Hallissey | Jul 06, 2017

(July 7, 2017) Comedians Johnny Watson and Myke Green are back for another season at the Princess Royale’s Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club.

The comedy show takes places six nights a week at 9 p.m. until the end of summer.

“We have a good time and encourage people to sit up front,” said Watson, who is performing alongside Green for their third summer together at the 91st Street hotel. “There is a lot of audience participation and we like to interact. Don’t worry, we are the butt-of-the-jokes.”

The duo will open up about their life experiences, journeys, failed marriages and tell stories about struggles in life during a 90-minute or longer show, which all depends on the audience and guest comedians, Watson said.

“I am dysfunctional and edgy,” he added. “There are no taboo topics. Let me put it this way, they won’t leave the show feeling like I am better than them.”

After making his debut in 2016, Ken Petrini, who lives in Ocean City during the summer, will be master of ceremonies, emcee and host the joke-off this year.

“We tried to get rid of him, but being the snake lawyer he is, we couldn’t,” Watson said. “He said, he’d sue me.”

Petrini was working on his jokes while in the hospital and he turned his tragedy into comedy, he added.

“He was writing jokes with the tubes still in him,” Watson said. “He’s very committed and it’s a pleasure to have him.”

When guest comedians are not in attendance, the show begins with a joke-off where audience members come on stage to deliver their best joke. A prize is given to the winner chosen by audience members as the funniest jokester of the night.

The joke-off puts audience members in the limelight and gets the show rolling for the headliners.

“Another reason I am back, is I get to play tennis [in Ocean City almost every day] with my tennis mentor, Bill “Jake” Jacobs who has become a father figure to me,” Watson said. “He has made me the tennis player I am today, which is a horrible one. Also, ladies and gentlemen, Jack, not Jake, is banned from the joke-off this year [friends from the Ocean City Tennis Center on 61st Street who come out to support the show every year.]”

The shows are geared toward adults with some of its content containing topics on dating and divorce, dysfunctional parents, the military, kids, conversation filth or swearing.

“The participating acts are great, and, it’s a night away from home,” Watson said.

Watson and Green are no strangers to the comedic world and have both performed in all 50 states for more than a decade.

Watson has been performing for 15 years and credits the last six consecutive summers of Princess Royale comedy shows for helping his career.

Growing up in a self-described dysfunctional family are the punchlines to many of his jokes including his bi-polar disorder, stint in the military and mother’s cancer battle.

“You will find out what has happened to me since last summer,” Watson said. “I will add on to old jokes and add depth.”

Green, who has been entertaining audiences for 20 years, took a break and jumped back into the scene two summers ago.

“Get out for 90 minutes, leave everything at the door, relax and you are guaranteed a nice laugh,” Green said. “Laughter is infectious, you’re coming to a show that provides good live entertainment and attendees will have enjoyment all evening long.”

The Princess Royale turns its banquet room into a comedy club with curtains, spotlights and pictures of comedians hanging on the walls.

“Food and Beverage Manager Derek Majewski and General Manager Mike Foelber are committed to making it a good show,” Watson said. “It is a team effort and they are very supportive.”

Comedy shows run every night except Sunday, starting at 9 p.m. in the Palmetto Ballroom of the Princess Royale Hotel on 91st Street. Tickets cost $20 per person with two sodas included or $25 with two alcoholic drinks included.

The shows lasts roughly an hour and a half and will run through Sept. 3. Though children won’t be turned away, the show contains adult content with a suggested age of 16 and over.

The Princess Royale will also be offering a dinner special for attendees in Schooners Oceanfront restaurant. For more information, call 410-723-4242.

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