Category Archives: Italian Comedians

Mario Cantone

Mario Cantone is an American stand-up comedian, writer and actor, with numerous appearances on Comedy Central including Chappelle’s Show. He also played Anthony Marentino on Sex and the City. His style is fast-paced and energetic, with much of his humor coming from his impersonations of various characters ranging from his family members, to celebrities, to stereotypes.

Tammy Pescatelli

Growing up with all brothers will give a Sicilian girl from Cleveland two things: a great sense of security and an even greater sense of humor (not to mention an unusually high tolerance for toilet seats left in the “up” position).

Indeed, actress/comedienne Tammy Pescatelli got her fair share of all three, but her sense of humor is what has made her one of America’s funniest-and hardest working women of comedy.

Tammy can currently be seen as one of the top finalists on the highly rated NBC reality show “Last Comic Standing,” beating out thousands for the enviable spot.

Tammy appeared recently as a guest on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” and has been a featured comic on “An Evening at the Improv”, National Lampoon’s “Funny Money” and most recently on Comedy Central’s “The World Stands Up.”

Almost always on the road, Tammy has performed in top comedy clubs throughout North America and spent time entertaining troops in Iraq as well.

Tammy is a three-time Addie Award winner, a two-time Cleo nominee and a first-place winner of the “Bud Light Ladies of Laffter” competition.

Mike Marino

Mike Marino – affectionately known to thousands of his fans as New Jersey’s Bad Boy – is one of the most unique comics of our time. He has performed in every major comedy club from New York to Los Angeles including: The MGM Grand, Catch a Rising Star, The Comic Strip, Stand-Up NY, The Improv, Rascals and The Icehouse. Mike is a top headliner at both the world famous Laugh Factory and The Comedy Store in Hollywood, where he can be seen nightly. Mike has worked with some of the biggest names in the business such as: Andrew Dice Clay, Carrot Top, Lou Rawls, Tony Orlando, Frankie Avalon, Tony Danza, Joey Gian and Frank Stallone.

Mike was born in Jersey City, New Jersey. He entered the world of theatre at an early age, and is a graduate of the prestigious American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Mike has appeared in over 200 national television commercials, and has received a Best Actor Clio Award Nomination. He has acted in many Prime Time soaps and television shows including: As the World Turns, One Life to Live, Becker, Nikki, Frasier and Party of Five. His film credits include Errors, Freaks and Oddities, Steven King’s Lucky Quarter, Volaré, Walking on the Sky, Three Tables and Hangin’ in Hedo.

After great success in film, theatre, commercials and soaps, Mike began touring the nation performing at countless comedy clubs. His stand-up material ranges from cutting edge to his Italian family roots. His comedic style has landed him a guest set on the Martin Short Show, as well as other talk shows including Que Locós. The Tonight Show with Jay Leno made him a regular sketch player. Mike has been featured on many radio shows including The 5 O’Clock Funnies. Mike has hosted some of the most prestigious award shows including The Beverly Hills Films Awards, The Montreal Italian Film Festival and The Feast of San Gennaro. He has also headlined several USO Comedy Tours.

Mike has a tongue like a razor and a heart of gold. He has the incredible ability to perform in any arena, big or small, and can cater his material for all audiences, from strictly clean to down and dirty. He has performed in hundreds of corporate functions for companies including AT&T, United Airlines, American Express, Paul Mitchell, IBM, Wella, Merrill Lynch, Sebastian Intl., Toyota, L.A.S.D., N.J. Asphalt Assoc., The City of Hope, OSIA, and the LAPD. Mike Has performed for numerous charities including Aids Project – LA, Haven House, Team earthworks, and the Eric Davis Cancer Fund. When Marino is not performing, he enjoys traveling and spending time with his family on the East Coast.

Mike Birbiglia

In ten years Mike Birbiglia has grown from struggling comic to a popular talk show guest to a groundbreaking, original storyteller. The results? Two critically-acclaimed CDs, three Comedy Central specials and a Nathan Lane-produced Off-Broadway show called “Sleepwalk with Me” that was recently nominated for both a Drama Desk Award and an Outer Circle Critics Award for “Best Solo Performance.”

One thing has remained constant: Birbiglia puts on one of the funniest live shows in comedy. Said Nathan Lane of Birbiglia, “Every once in a while, someone comes along who renews your faith in the art of stand-up comedy. It happened when I first saw Mitch Hedberg, and it happened again when I saw Mike Birbiglia.”

Birbiglia’s comedy built him a cult following in colleges, then clubs, then concert halls nationwide. And it has earned him fans in the most unlikely of places. Ira Glass, host of the Peabody award winning radio show “This American Life” said of Birbiglia in a recent interview with the Chicago Tribune: “I feel he’s a big rising star. He’s somebody I feel, like, whenever we have him on the show I just feel, like, wow, he’s gonna be so much more famous than all the rest of us.”

Birbiglia isn’t dirty or a prude. He isn’t shocking or forgettable. He simply tells stories from his life in the most honest possible way, sparing no painful detail: stories like trying to shake the hand of a sports writer he didn’t realize was blind, or meeting his girlfriend’s parents in high school and then realizing that she had another boyfriend — and then meeting his parents. Sometimes Birbiglia’s details are so painful that the audience audibly gasps — to which Birbiglia often replies, “I know. I’m in the future also.” Thus the name of the tour was born.

What held Birbiglia back early on are some of the strengths of his present live show: his difficult-to-pronounce last name (he was once introduced as Mike Bahooski!”) and his awkwardness (“I have a habit of making awkward situations even more awkward.”)

Birbiglia has made numerous appearances on “The Late Show with David Letterman,” “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” and recently, yes, “The View.” Birbiglia’s popular blog, “Secret Public Journal,” chronicles his awkward adventures on the road. In 2007, Birbiglia released a live rendition of his favorite stories on Comedy Central Records titled “My Secret Public Journal LIVE,” which both Time Out New York and Time Out Chicago hailed as the “Comedy Album of the Year.”

In 2008, Birbiglia teamed up with award-winning director Seth Barrish and producer Nathan Lane on “Sleepwalk With Me,” a passion project he’d been developing under the radar for the previous four years. “Sleepwalk With Me” is a painfully funny one-man show about first love, denial and how the sleepwalking disorder that nearly killed Birbiglia might have saved his life. The New York Times called the show “simply perfect.” And The Boston Globe called the new stories “as honest as any Richard Pryor confession, and as engaging and inclusive as an old Bill Cosby record.” It’s that inclusiveness that has made Birbiglia a popular contributor on shows as diverse as “This American Life” and “The Bob & Tom Radio Show,” and has continued to make Birbiglia one of the most popular touring acts with audiences of all ages.

Frank Caliendo

“Life’s a Sketch… And then you die.”

Born at the age of three in northern Illinois, Frank Caliendo was already ahead of his time. Even on the day of his birth, Frank’s two younger brothers knew something was funny.

Before he could even speak, Frank’s mother noticed him doing an incredible impersonation of a young Dudley Moore. Of course Frank’s father reasoned that all babies sound like they are drunk and heave all over themselves, but that is not the point. This kid had something special. He seemed likely to perhaps have a chance to maybe someday possibly become questionably close to one of the funniest persons alive.

Naturally it was never fully discovered how gifted Frank was, until one day when an unidentified philosopher named John Hartz would declare Frank as “talent”; …not “a talent”, “with talent”, or even “a talented individual”, but simply as “talent”. Never before had any man ever been labeled with such vague ambiguity. This incited Frank, and almost immediately he would establish thoughts about becoming a stand up comedian.

Of course Frank didn’t always want to be a stand up comedian. At a youthful age, Frank boarded a train to head for baseball’s spring training as a fireball left-hander with blazing speed. After a short stop in Iolla, where he struck out one of baseball’s greatest players with three straight pitches, Frank re-boarded the train to meet a woman who with the pull of a trigger would knock him out of baseball for the next sixteen years.

Frank would later return to baseball as a middle-aged rookie. He used a bat made from a tree struck by lightning (named “wonder boy”) to help his New York Nights regain the pennant and thereby nullify the Judge’s attempt to buy out all of Pop Fischers stock and take over the team.

In the final game of his career, with blood curdling from his loins, and the likelihood of his stomach exploding, Frank would face the image of his former self in a battle of the best …but that is another story.

Back during the days when Michael was still called “Air”, Frank became particularly aware of his abilities to impersonate. First was a garbage can, and then a pole, and even a small garden weasel. However, after transitioning through sixteen straight hours of anthropomorphic activity, Frank stumbled upon his best and foremost impression. His ability to re-create the daily activity of paramecium was simply uncanny; especially when he would split in two.

Of course, biologically, one can only evolve to a certain point before the world must be allowed to view such activity. Thus, we give you the current organism in his existing status; bold, strong, funny, and hermetically sealed for your enjoyment… The man formerly known as “obesive-one-kenobe”…Mr. Frank Caliendo. May the farce be with you.

Rocky Laporte

Rocky Laporte, a former Chicago truck Driver and dock worker started his standup career in The Windy City back in 1988. After winning some local comedy competitons Rocky went on to win The Johnnie Walker National Comedy Competiton beating out over 1100 contestants in 10 cities! He then went on to do numerous Television shows like Cheers, Pat Sajak, Comic Strip Live , a C.B.S Pilot titled “The Rocky Laporte Show” and his very own half hour special on Comedy Central.

Doing The “Tonight Show”, “Only 16 years of sweat and toil, but who keeps track of that kind of stuff?” says Rocky in a recent interview. He mentions that he’s most proud of the fact that he was voted one of the funniest guys in his class at a Recent G.E.D. reunion.

At the Las Vegas Comedy Festival Rocky received the “Best Male Club Comedian of the Year “ presented by George Wallace and Andy Kindler. 40 of the top comedy clubs around the country were polled for their favorite male and female comedians. Recently Rocky also found out that his “Just For Laughs” set that he performed at the prestigious Montreal Comedy Festival hosted by the legendary Carl Reiner was being showed on Air Canada flights. Rocky responded by saying ” Man, I’m having a good week!”

With a busy schedule of corporate work and touring all major cities, Rocky has become a favorite everywhere in the country, even going overseas last fall to entertain our men and women in bases all over Iraq. Today Rocky is one of the most sought after comedians in the country. His clean observations and take on life have made him a favorite in all the top comedy clubs, corporate events and television shows. Rocky’s likeability and every-man style gives him an unparalleled universal appeal that any audience can enjoy and relate to.

Rocky has opened for the likes of, Louie Anderson, Garry Shandling, Drew Carey, Tim Allen, Hootie and the Blowfish and the Righteous Brothers, just to name a few. He has done an enormous amount of charity work also, including St Jude’s for Children, N.F.L. charities, homeless shelters, cancer research and police and fire department fundraisers.

Frank Spadone

On stage, Frank Spadone, a first-generation Canadian born comic pokes fun of his life and pulls from his own experiences from growing up with his Italian/Catholic born parents, being the last of four children, the only son, a husband and to his latest endeavor, a father.

In 2007, Frank created, produced and starred in “The Ethnic Heroes of Comedy” Canadian tour that was promoted by Just For Laughs. In addition, Frank performed at Toronto’s first ever “Just For Laughs Festival” in July of 2007, making it his 6th consecutive year participating in the festival. His “Just For Laughs” Gala performance and “CBC Comedy Festival” performance in Winnipeg have both been televised nationally on CBC and The Comedy Network.

Frank starred in his one-man show “Frank Spadone-The Best for Now” where he performed to sold out crowds in select cities in Canada and the US. His CD of the same title has been selling successfully since its launch.

Frank will be bringing his unique comedic flair to audiences worldwide, making his Australian and South African debut in 2008.

Frank has also been busy acting in National television commercials such as Tim Horton’s, Lay’s Potato Chips and Coors Light. His movie credits include “Harold & Kumar go to White Castle,” “Four Brothers” with Mark Whalberg, “Take the Lead” with Antonio Bandaras, and “The Man” starring Eugene Levy and Samuel L. Jackson.

Adam Ferrara

Adam Ferrara is a stand up comedian and actor, recently dubbed “hilarious!” by Entertainment Weekly. He is currently a regular on the Emmy-nominated hit FX TV show “Rescue Me” and starred in the blockbuster 2009 movie “Paul Blart: Mall Cop” with Kevin James.

Adam is a regular on everybody’s favorite shows: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “The Late Show with David Letterman,” Comedy Central, “The View,” and the Opie and Anthony radio show (just to name a few).

The two-time nominee for best male stand-up by the American Comedy Awards, always brings the stage to life with his honest, clever and fearless perspective on family, relationships and himself.

Adam’s other screen roles have included: “Definitely Maybe” with Ryan Reynolds and Isla Fisher, “Winter of Frozen Dreams” and “National Lampoon’s: Dirty Movie” with Christopher Meloni.

Adam began his career on NBC’s “Caroline in the City.” Since then, he has appeared as a series regular on the critically acclaimed ABC series “The Job,” guest starred on NBC’s “Law and Order” and was a frequent guest on “The King of Queens.”

Apart from opening for his comedy idol, George Carlin and playing Carnegie Hall, one of Adam Ferrara’s most exciting moments was a benefit performance for the president and all the democratic senators. Stuck in traffic on the way to the event, Adam had this to say: “I’ve waited this long for health care, now they can wait for me.”

Adam Ferrara is a stand up comedian and actor, recently dubbed “hilarious!” by Entertainment Weekly. He is currently a regular on the Emmy-nominated hit FX TV show “Rescue Me” and starred in the blockbuster 2009 movie “Paul Blart: Mall Cop” with Kevin James.

Adam is a regular on everybody’s favorite shows: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “The Late Show with David Letterman,” Comedy Central, “The View,” and the Opie and Anthony radio show (just to name a few).

The two-time nominee for best male stand-up by the American Comedy Awards, always brings the stage to life with his honest, clever and fearless perspective on family, relationships and himself.

Adam’s other screen roles have included: “Definitely Maybe” with Ryan Reynolds and Isla Fisher, “Winter of Frozen Dreams” and “National Lampoon’s: Dirty Movie” with Christopher Meloni.

Adam began his career on NBC’s “Caroline in the City.” Since then, he has appeared as a series regular on the critically acclaimed ABC series “The Job,” guest starred on NBC’s “Law and Order” and was a frequent guest on “The King of Queens.”

Apart from opening for his comedy idol, George Carlin and playing Carnegie Hall, one of Adam Ferrara’s most exciting moments was a benefit performance for the president and all the democratic senators. Stuck in traffic on the way to the event, Adam had this to say: “I’ve waited this long for health care, now they can wait for me.”