Local comedian writes book about Wawa customers

- We've all walked into a Wawa and some of us are regular customers. We all have our Wawa go-to. A local comedian's feelings about Wawa are so strong, he wrote a book about it and it's selling as fast as the Gobbler.

"I'm in Wawa like three times a day. I would see these certain types of people every time I went in," said Nick Kupsey. He’s a comedian always looking for material and if you've ever been in a Wawa you probably understand why he thought his next standup routine would be a hit.  But the joke actually bombed.

"Oh God. I would tell it all the time and people would look at me like this isn't funny but I was like there's something funny about this," he said. So he decided to try out the idea in a 40-page illustrated book called "The Five People You Meet in Wawa".

"I was like why don't I make it like I'm virtual guiding the reader through this weird Wawa purgatory."

The book reveals characters Kupsey says we've all seen on any given visit into the one-stop-shop convenience store.

"A woman in pajamas who yelled at me. Then there's always police officers in there which is awesome. People coming in and out of work like construction workers and lawyers. After that you have resident weirdos and then finally the worse one is somebody paying with change," he said. Kupsey adds that women wearing pajamas aren't the only fashion faux pas.

"There's a lot guys that would qualify that wear like Flyers pants with an Eagles shirt and a Sixers hat and it's like I guess you're not going to Serpico this weekend," he laughed.

"There's no dress code. There's no velvet rope that can keep people out. You can just come as you are."

Kupsey says the book isn't just about poking fun at people.  In his words it's also an exercise in empathy.

"Yeah man. I've gone through a breakup and walked in there with pajamas you know?"

He says the book is getting good reviews from readers but what about the store?

"Nothing from Wawa. No. They have not contacted me so the least you can do is name a sandwich after me," he joked.

The book is available as an E-book right now on Amazon. Hard copies will be out Monday.

 

 

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