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Big Jay Oakerson brings laughs to Helium

A comedic storyteller who often engages the crowd during sets, Big Jay Oakerson brings the laughs to Helium Comedy Club for five shows this week.

A native of Philadelphia now residing in New York City, Oakerson worked a series of dead-end jobs (including driving escorts around town) prior to making the leap to stand-up comedy. Since then, Oakerson has moved up to headliner with his adult material quickly, performing at the Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal and the HBO Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Colo., as well as appearing on Comedy Central’s “Premium Blend,” BET’s “Comic View” and P. Diddy’s Bad Boys of Comedy on HBO.

Along with Dan Soder, Oakerson currently co-hosts “The Bonfire” on Sirius XM’s Comedy Central station. Two of his albums, “An American Storyteller” and “The Crowd Work Sessions,” are available on iTunes.

Oakerson will perform at Helium at 8 p.m. Thursday, and 7:30 and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $15 to $28 (box office). Call 853-1211 or visit heliumcomedy.com.

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