Opera House to Present Comedian Jeff Jena

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1891 Fredonia Opera House

The 1891 Fredonia Opera House, in partnership with Tammy Pescatelli, will present Comedian Jeff Jena on Fri., Nov. 2, at 7:30 p.m.

At a time when a lot of guys his age are winding down their careers, Jeff Jena is finding his second wind. At a time when a lot of guys in their early 60s are going to their kid’s college graduations, he is coaching his son’s 8th grade golf team!

In the 1980s and 1990s, Jena was one of the premier comics on television and the comedy club circuit.  Over the past decade, he has received high praise and standing ovations for his blend of one liners, storytelling and touching personal tales.  His act is focused on family and coming to fatherhood later in life.  Both he and his wife were well into their 40s when their son Miles arrived. “If you want the whole story behind that,” Jena teases, “you gotta see the show!”

In his years as a stand-up comic, Jena appeared on more than 40 national television shows, including Comics Unleashed, The Bob and Tom Show, The Dennis Miller Show, Evening at the Improv, NBC Friday Night and on the Showtime Comedy Club Network.

As an actor, he has been seen on Murder She Wrote, Hunter, appeared in shows with Jenny McCarthy and Weird Al Yankovic and in several films including Raising the Dead with Allison Eastwood.

He has opened for artists as varied as Barry Manilow, Jeffrey Osborne, The Temptations, Delbert McClintock and Englebert Humperdink.  He also has written material for a wide variety of comedians including Ron White and Marty Allen.  A frequent guest on the Bob and Tom nationally syndicated radio show and the Mark Germain Talk Show in Los Angeles, he also is one of the most requested and played comedy artists on Sirius/XM satellite radio.

As one of the top comedy instructors in the country, Jena’s students are working on television and in clubs across America. Former students include Bob and Tom Show regular Patrick Keane, NBC Last Comic Standing winner Dat Phan, and David Waite who has appeared on the Comedy Central network.  

Support for Jena’s appearance comes from Ellicottville Brewing Company-West, which is offering special $1 EBC draft beers before and after the performance to ticketholders who show their tickets.  

Tickets are $20 ($18 for Opera House members, $10 for students) and may be purchased in person at the Opera House Box Office or by phone at 716-679-1891, Tuesday-Friday, 1-5 p.m.  Tickets may be purchased online at www.fredopera.org anytime.  

The 1891 Fredonia Opera House is a member-supported not-for-profit organization located in Village Hall in downtown Fredonia. A complete schedule of Opera House events is available at www.fredopera.org.