1/26 ~ Comedian Joe Piscopo

Joe Piscopo’s Thrill Ride of Songs, Stylings & Very Funny Stuff
Saturday, Jan. 26th

The First Saturday Night Live Alumnus to Play Dix Hills,
Piscopo brings his popular voice and antics to the main stage

The Dix Hills Performing Arts Center presents “Joe Piscopo’s Thrill Ride of Songs, Stylings & Very Funny Stuff,” featuring famous Comedian Joe Piscopo and his band, Saturday, Jan. 26th at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $60, $50, 45, $40 and $35.

Television, film, theater, and nightclub – they’re all fields in which Joe Piscopo has won the acclaim and affection of millions. For more than 25 years, Joe conquered one medium after another. After stints as a disc jockey and dinner-theater performer, Joe turned to comedy in 1980, when he joined the ensemble cast of Saturday Night Live, tasked with replacing the original cast members.

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, the late, great Frank Sinatra, who repeatedly endorsed Joe’s portrayal of him, even referring to Joe as ‘The Vice-Chairman of the Board.’

Joe’s work on SNL led to Hollywood, and starring roles in films like 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 and a dramatic, critically acclaimed performance in Jonathan Parker’s Bartleby.

In January 1996, Joe starred on Broadway as disc jockey Vince Fontaine in the popular revival of Grease! Ever the trouper, Joe insisted on performing opening night, despite conditions created by one of the worst blizzards in NYC history, and indeed Grease! was the only Broadway show to open that night.

Joe 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 multimedia comedy show. He also appeared in several innovative television commercials including his famed Miller Lite campaign to GNC, Bally’s and even touting Ragu (with his Italian Mom’s permission, of course!) Joe won acclaim for his dramatic guest-starring roles on the NBC drama “Law and Order” and has been a frequent guest on The Late Show with David Letterman. Joe is also a co-host of NYC’s famous Columbus Day Parade.

Though busy with appearances, Piscopo devotes much of his time to charitable causes and is the founder of “The Positive Impact Foundation,” creating positive media for at-risk youth including the syndicated television show for teens, “Positive Impact TV”. This groundbreaking series mixes education and entertainment to reinforce positive behavior and lifestyles among at-risk youth from both urban and suburban backgrounds. Joe recently merged his foundation with the Boy’s and Girl’s Clubs of New Jersey for which he is the statewide spokesman.

Joe also was recently honored by the NYPD Columbia Association and received the Commendation Medal, the highest civilian award from the state of New Jersey. He has performed concerts for the NJ National Guard and the NJ WWII Memorial — his dad was a Major is the US Army Air Corp in the Second World War. The son and grandson of immigrants, Joe received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor. He was also named Father of the Year by both the National Father’s Day Council and the New Jersey Council on Children’s Rights.

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