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Joseph’s father was an Italian Immigrant, who entered the United States just after WWII and began his career as a Longshoreman at the age of 17. He quickly climbed up the management ladder. His mother was born in Brooklyn, NY and raised Joseph on: delicious dishes, overbearing love, inherent O.C.D. … And incidentally, had a mean right hook - for someone who stood only 4’ 11!”

Surprisingly, being raised (in part) by his five older sisters who frequently opened Joseph’s mind up to such things as: how to use a hot curling hair kit, cleaning the crevices of wood furniture, and being a constant (mini) Hustle practice partner, all with the absence of any brothers and a father determined to figure out the fine art of betting, he (Joseph) was no stranger to the ways of the streets, but also enjoyed a quiet retreat to read and write at a very young age. The results you say? He can hold court with both Harvard and Sing Sing prison alumni, just the same. Yet despite his upbringing, he belongs to no one particular group, class, click, or innate stereotypes, as it were. In the world of entertainment, he’s simply referred to quite often as: VERSATILE – TALENTED – FUNNY - SMART!

Joseph studied writing style and screen writing at the New School for Social Research, in New York City. He learned the basics of filmmaking at the College of Staten Island, NY. He studied the Meisner technique of acting under Joanna Beckson (Ray Romano’s teacher), herself a student of the famed Actors Studio.

In January of 1990, he stepped onstage at PIPS Comedy Club in Brooklyn, New York. He immediately found the avenue for all three of his artistic passions – writing, acting and stand up comedy. Today, Joseph is a frequently requested performer/headliner at the most well known comedy clubs and countless venues in the Northeast and around the country.

Some of what I’ve done/do:


Headlining Clubs:

Just to name a few:

Borgata comedy club™
Catch A Rising Star™
The Punchline™
Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle™
Uncle Vinnies Comedy Club™
The Comedy Zone™
The Comedy Works™ (NY & PA)
The Comedy Stop™
City Steam Brew Ha™
The Brokerage™
Comedy Café™
New York comedy club™
Broadway comedy club™
The Improv™
The Funny Bone™
Comedy Cove™
Juniors comedy club™
The Comedy Connection™
Sarcasm comedy club™


ABC’s The View™
Uncle Vinnie’s comedy hour™ (Comcast cable)
Fox™ A.M. News, Baltimore, MD
ABC’s America's Funniest People™
CBS Morning News™
-(Comedy Cures™ PSA and NY Comedy Coalition meeting)
WOR’s Richard Bey Show™
CTV™ New York (many local cable broadcast)


Inde - Strange Things Happen at Sundown™ … Mickey Balls


(Off-Broadway) Fool's Light™ Lead Role: Fred


Winner - Kill or Be Killed competition™, (Howard Stern satellite radio event, hosted by Sal the Stockbroker and judged by Sam Simon, Robin Quivers, Artie Lange, and Bob Levy)
Last Comic Standing'top 20' round finalist NY (picked from hundreds of comics)
Winner - Las Vegas Comedy Festival™
Winner - Carnival Comedy Challenge™
Grand Prize Winner - Fade In magazine™ “Screen Test competition,”
Grand Prize Winner - Grandpa’s comedy club™ (Al Lewis’ - The Munsters™- franchise) new talent competition (2 months into the business)

New York City Underground Comedy Festival
Summer fest™ (Wisconsin)

Honorable Mentions:

Comedian since 1990

Harrah’s Resort Casino, ™ A.C., host of first ever comedy concert series, Friday Night Laughs, ™ (1400 seat venue).

Trump Plaza, ™ A.C. Night of 1000 Guido’s, ™… 3 nights … 3 standing ovations.

One man show (Joseph Anthony Speaks the Truth™) -Algonquin Arts™NJ (500 seats).

Westbury Music Fair™ (5000 seats).

Mid Hudson Civic Center, Poughkeepsie, NY (W/Artie Lange - 3100 seats).

Irvington Town Hall with The Marshal Tucker Band.

Count Basie Theater with The Duprees

Peekskill Theater with the Doug Ferony orchestra

N.A.C.A. performer.

Caesar's Pocono Resorts™ favorite.

Carnival Cruise Lines, ™ Regal Empress Cruise Line.™

Frequently requested for: return appearances to comedy venues, corporate functions, and private parties.

Regular at Catskill resorts

Good Causes:

Comedy Cures.™
National MS Society.™
Multitude of Civil Service, Military and Community/Charitable organizations and events.


A top 20 finalist on NBC’s Last Comic Standing (Caroline’s on Broadway, N.Y., NY)

A regular on Sirius/XM satellite radio’s comedy channels.

ABC TV, The View (Joy Behar’s Sopranos tour). CBS Morning News (NY Comedy Coalition exclusive). FOX TV Morning news (Baltimore MD – special comedic guest). WOR TV, The Richard Bey Show (episode: East vs. West Woman’s Olympics)

The official host of: Friday Night Laughs at Harrah’s Resort Casino (first ever Comedy Concert Series) & A regular at The Comedy Stop at The Tropicana Hotel Casino, Atlantic City, NJ

WINNER OF: Kill or Be Killed Comedy Competition (Howard Stern channel 101, Sirius satellite radio). Las Vegas Comedy Festival (Tropicana Hotel and Casino). Carnival Cruise Line Comedy Challenge (The Improv, NYC). FADE IN magazines Screen Test Competition - Grand Prize (Newsstands June 2004). Grandpa’s Comedy club, New Talent competition (S.I., NY - A Grandpa Al Lewis’ franchise – Joseph had only 2 months of stage experience and there were over 30 competitors)

One Man Show – “Joseph Anthony Speaks the Truth” (Writer, Producer, Performer – Algonquin Arts Theatre, NJ). Directed by Jerry Diner.

Special appearance in the Independent film - Strange Things Happen at Sundown, a Marc Fratto/Insane-O-Rama production (available at Blockbuster).

Starred Off-Broadway in the Independent play - Fool’s Light, a Brian Lynch/Playhouse3 production (Pantheon Theater at 42nd St. and 8th Ave).


I grew up with five older sisters and no brothers - being heard is not a desire, it's a necessity! A troubled home life, leads you to personal issues or a productive outlet. I've harnessed my fair share of both - especially the latter. Being an adult is not always a picnic (see my show for an explanation) and my live appearances keep me grounded! I care about my craft and I respect that people work hard for the money they spend, therefore my focus is to deliver on every engagement and in every medium.

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