Television, film, theater, night clubs they're all fields
in which Joe Piscopo has won the acclaim and affection of millions.
For more than 20 years, Joe has proven to be one of show business'
brightest lights. After stints as a disc jockey and dinner-theater performer, he turned to
comedy. In 1980, he was chosen to join a newly formed ensemble charged with one of the
most difficult tasks in television history replacing the original cast of "Saturday
By the time he left the show in 1985, Joe had left his
mark on the program and the nation, thanks to his wide range of hilarious original
characters and celebrity impersonations, from The Sports Guy and Doug
Whiner to David Letterman and, of course, Frank Sinatra,
who repeatedly endorsed Joe's portrayal of him.
His work on SNL quite naturally led to Hollywood, and starring roles in such smash hits as "Wise Guys" (with Danny DeVito) and "Johnny
Dangerously" (with Michael Keaton). Other film credits include "Dead Heat," "Sidekicks" and the independent feature films "Two Bits & Pepper," Roger Corman's, "Demolition Day," "The Last Request" (with Danny Aiello) and a dramatic, critically-acclaimed performance in Jonathan Parker's "Bartleby."
Even though the big screen beckoned, Joe didn't forsake television. He
has starred in three HBO specials. His work in the first of these, "The Joe
Piscopo Special," won him a Cable ACE Award for Outstanding
Performance. He also starred in the critically acclaimed "New Jersey
Special" on ABC-TV.
In January 1996, Joe Piscopo conquered yet another realm when he starred on Broadway as disc jockey
Vince Fontaine in "Grease!" (Ever the trouper, Joe insisted on performing opening night despite conditions created by one of the worst blizzards in history). The show's producers were so impressed with his Broadway turn that they built a touring company around him for the summer of 1996. And when "Grease!" reopened on Broadway in April, 1997 after a three-month hiatus, it was Joe Piscopo who was asked to headline the production in order to get it back on its feet. His month-long run resulted in a $1 million advance sale and a string of SRO performances.
Joe Piscopo has also won acclaim for his dramatic guest-starring roles on the NBC drama "Law and Order." You might have also seen Joe on the HBO series "Arli$$," guest-stints on The FOX News Channel or heard his voice on Nickelodeon's "The 1000 Deeds of Eddie McDowd." And yes, that was Joe as Santa Claus in the ABC-TV Special, "Dear Santa."
Advertisers have long appreciated Joe's unique relationship with his public. He has been featured in two long-running and memorable ad campaigns, for Miller Lite Beer and Bally's health spas. He has also appeared as spokesman for Station Casinos in Las Vegas as well as for GNC Nutrition Centers.
Live performances have always been an important part of Joe's career. He has long been one of America's most popular comedy concert attractions, filling arenas and casino showrooms from coast-to-coast and in Canada. Joe tours with his own original Big Band tribute to Frank Sinatra, as well as his multi-media comedy show.
Although his unique talents are in constant demand from show business quarters, Joe Piscopo devotes an extraordinary amount of time to non-profit and charitable activities.
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Born: ..in New Jersey
Jun 17, 1951
Based: ..in New Jersey
Flies out of: Newark, New Jersey
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