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Joe Piscopo



Biography

Television, film, theater, nightclubs--they're all fields in which Joe Piscopo has won the acclaim and affection of millions. For over 25 years, Joe has proven to be one of show business' brightest
lights. After stints as a disc jockey and dinner-theater performer, Joe turned to comedy. In 1980, he was
chosen to join a newly formed ensemble charged with one of the most difficult tasks in TV history--
replacing the original cast of Saturday Night Live. 
 
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, referring to Joe as ‘The Vice-Chairman of the Board.'
 
His work on SNL 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 with Chuck Norris and a dramatic, critically acclaimed performance in Jonathan Parker's Bartleby. Joe recently had the lead role of Jack Cosmo in the musical comedy, "How Sweet It Is" with Paul Sorvino.
Look for upcoming films from Joe's, Avellino Films, "Joey Benefit" and "Bloomfield Avenue."
 
In January 1996, Joe 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 NYC history). And indeed, history was made as Grease! Was the only Broadway show to open that night!
 
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. (Including the prestigious Montreal Jazz Festival!)
Joe tours with his own original Big Band tribute to Frank Sinatra, as well as his
multimedia comedy show.
 
Joe also pioneered some of the most innovative television commercials on the air. Starting with his unforgettable Miller Lite campaign to GNC, Bally's and even touting Ragu (with his Italian Mom's permission, of course!)
 
Joe has also recently won acclaim for his dramatic guest-starring roles on the NBC drama, Law and
Order. You might have also seen Joe as a guest on The FOX News Channel, or co-hosting The Columbus Day Parade each year in NYC with Maria Bartiromo or on The Late Show with David Letterman.
 
Piscopo received the Volunteer of the Year Award from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mercer County, NJ
and was the keynote speaker at the Big Brothers Big Sisters National Conference in Chicago. In
addition, Piscopo has received Community Service Awards from Boys and Girls Clubs in New Jersey
and Broward Co., Fla. and is especially proud to have been recognized by Boy's Town of Italy in Rome.
 
Joe was inducted into the West Essex High School Hall of Distinction. (Joe graduated from West Essex and went on to receive a Bachelor of Science Degree in Broadcast Management, from Jones College in Jacksonville, FL.)
 
As a result of his charitable work, Piscopo started his own foundation called "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 has since merged his foundation with the Boy's and Girl's Clubs of New Jersey and is their proud statewide spokesman.
 
 
 
For his support of our US Military Forces, Joe was honored to receive the Commendation Medal, the highest civilian award from the state of New Jersey.
 
Honoring his Parents and Grandparents, who emigrated to this country, Joe continued the legacy of his heritage by receiving the Ellis Island Medal of Honor in 1996.
 
And "Jersey Joe" was also in the 2013 class of inductees to the New Jersey Hall of Fame.
 
January 11, 2014 Joe Piscopo received a Doctorate in Humane Letters Degree from Centenary College.
 
Although Joe's impressive career and public service include several major accomplishments,
he insists his proudest achievement of all is twice being named Father of the Year, in 1983 by the
National Father's Day Council, and in 1989 by the New Jersey Council of Children's Rights.
 
No matter how busy he may be, Joe always makes sure he has enough time at his New Jersey home, for his children, Joey (an impressive talent, in his own right!), Alexandra, Michael, Olivia and Charley-Rae.
 
Joe is currently the host of the hit morning drive radio program,  "The Joe Piscopo Show" on Salem Media's flagship station, AM970 THE ANSWER, live from New York City.
Joe Piscopo