Frank Nicotero

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Frank Joseph Nicotero
Born (1969-03-04) March 4, 1969 (age 46)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Frank Joseph Nicotero (born March 4, 1969 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is an American comedian widely known as the host of the syndicated comedy game show Street Smarts.


Frank Nicotero got his start in Pittsburgh doing stand up, quickly finding success when he landed his first stand-up gig at Pittsburgh's famed Funny Bone comedy club in 1988. Shortly afterward, he toured college circuits, appearing with other comedians including Drew Carey, Adam Sandler and Rob Schneider – and appearing at more than 300 colleges and clubs throughout the country. He has been a regular for over 10 years at The World Famous Laugh Factory on the Sunset Strip. He is also a regular at The Icehouse in Pasadena and The Comedy Magic Club in Hermosa Beach.

In 1996, Nicotero appeared as a contestant on Wink Martindale's Debt, winning the episode's grand prize of $14,106, retiring his debt of $7,053 and being awarded a corresponding cash prize. He later appeared on the Fox Sports Network trivia game The Ultimate Fan League where he won $10,000 in prizes. That same year, he was approached to write for the shows Peer Pressure and Outrageous. He later wrote and produced Gameworld and Faux Pause for the Game Show Network, and in the summer of 1999, was contacted by the producers of Street Smarts.

Nicotero has co-hosted The Sharon Osbourne Show and has appeared as a guest on The Wayne Brady Show, The Rosie O'Donnell Show, FSN's The Sports List, Jury Duty, and the comedy game shows Make Me Laugh and Comedy on the Road. In December 2008, Frank was the voice over announcer for NBC’s Funniest Christmas Moments Special.

In February 2012, Nicotero was fired from Yahoo!, where he recapped the previous night’s TV highlights daily on Yahoo! TV’s Primetime in No Time web series and Yahoo! Sports' Out of Bounds. Nicotero was replaced by fellow comedian Theo Von.

In 2011, he hosted a kids show on The Hub called The Game of Life based on the hit board game. He also was chosen as the second voiceover for TruTV's It Only Hurts When I Laugh, replacing Thom Kikot. More recently, Frank left Yahoo! to go on the road with the X Factor 2012 as the emcee for all the try-out shows. He is being considered as a host for the show. In 2013, He currently host Win, Lose or Pawn. A CMT game show set in a pawn show.

Personal life[edit]

Nicotero is a graduate of North Allegheny Senior High School and is the cousin of special effects artist Greg Nicotero. Nicotero resides in Studio City, California with wife Katie and his two dogs.

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