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Veccione In The Raton

Mike Vecchione return's to his high school town to perform at Mizner Park on Friday - the Applause Planner pick of the week.

by Chuck king
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BOCA RATON – Friday will mark a holiday homecoming of sorts for Mike Vecchione.

A graduate of Boca Raton High School in 1991, Vecchione returns as the final performer of the 2021 Comedy on the Green series at the Mizner Park Amphitheater.

“He’s so likable and pleasant, and his humor is everyday – like in a Brian Regan sort of way,” show producer and fellow comic Dave Siegel said.

Vecchione attended high school in Boca Raton but didn’t take up stand-up comedy until after college while living in the northeastern part of the country. He sells out shows nationally and his numerous television appearances include the Tonight Show, Comedy Central and Netflix – which is to say, he’s pretty funny. Vecchione now lives and performers regularly in New York.

Like Vecchione, Siegel lived and performed regularly in New York before moving to Boca Raton weeks before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

This is the third Comedy on the Green show produced by Siegel and wife Stephanie. The first brought Kurt Metzger to Mizner in October, and Christian Finnegan followed one month later.

Siegel, who claims three Comedy Central appearances of his own and competed on America’s Got Talent in 2016, hosted the first two shows. He’ll be the feature comic on Friday. Local favorite Jennifer Hellman will host.

Doors open at 7 p.m. for the 8 p.m. show. Vecchione, like all the comics in the series, work clean sets so the show is family friendly. Ticket prices begin at $33. Attendees aren’t allowed to bring their own food or drink into the show, but can bring blankets.

“There’s no drink minimum,” Siegel said. “You’re chilling out in an Adirondack chair, on the grass, open air. The weather’s beautiful and it’s just an aesthetically beautiful environment that you can just chill and listen to an amazing comedian.”

Applause Planner – Plan On It

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