Joey and Maria’s Comedy Italian Wedding opens Jan. 8

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The cast of Joey & Marias Comedy Wedding will be returning to the Bonita Estero area again in 2023.
You can see the show at The Elks Club in Bonita (open to the public). There they have various dates January to April.
Joey & Maria’s Comedy Wedding opens Sunday, Jan. 8 at the Bonita Estero Elks, 3231 Coconut Road.
Ticket price is $65 per person and includes dinner. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and dinner is at 6:15 p.m.
Additional performance dates are Jan. 13 and 26, Feb. 4, 11 and 18, March 11 and 25 and April 1.
Joey and Maria’s Comedy Italian Wedding is an interactive dinner show that began in 1992.
This show is written by Darlyne Franklin who is formerly Darlyne Dorato a native East Bostonian and now a resident of Bonita Springs.
The show was derived from her observing how people enjoyed (in the early ‘90s) the trending murder mysteries and karaoke. People wanted to be part of the show. Merging her comedy and TV writing experience she decided to write a comedy wedding. An event where the audience is part of the show, they’re the invited guests, they dance, drink, eat, mingle with each other and the bridal party.
Believing “it’s best to write what you know,” she made the show like her own families traditional weddings, Italian. At every Italian wedding, the dad chooses the music, the uncle sings Mack the Knife, the groomsman makes a revealing toast about the groom, the Nonna sings the wrong lyrics to Cellaluna, someone over drinks, someone gets a “weekend pass from jail” from the Governor, you know, a regular wedding! It’s a blast.
Joey & Maria’s Comedy Wedding has also gained a lot of recognition as a “fund raiser” helping raise millions of dollars nationwide for non-profit organizations. It’s also a hit among clubs.
Country clubs, golf clubs, restaurants, if you have the room you can have the show come to you.
Private corporations and hospitals find the show to be a moral booster. Having employees gather to socialize while being entertained. It really is a perfect night out.
For tickets and info, call 1-888-562-7537 or visit online at


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