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Joey and Maria’s Comedy Italian Wedding

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Joey and Maria’s Comedy Italian Wedding is an interactive dinner show that began in 1992.
Written by Darlyne Franklin, formerly Darlyne Dorato, a native East Bostonian, now full time resident of Bonita Springs.
The show was derived from her observing how back in the 1990s people enjoyed the trending murder mysteries and karaoke. Merging her comedy and TV writing experience she decided to write an Italian 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.

Darlyne Franklin

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 Italian wedding! It’s a blast.
It has run in over 19 major cities across the U.S. including Las Vegas, Boston and New York. It is also played in other countries, The U.K., Greece, Ireland, Australia and Canada.
Joey & Maria’s Comedy Wedding plays March 11, 25 and April 1 at The Bonita Estero Elks, 3231 Coconut Road. Tickets are $65 and include dinner.
For tickets and info, call 1-888-562-7537 or visit online at


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