Mario Cantone, April 2007
December 9, 1959 |
Stoneham, Massachusetts, U.S.
|Medium||Stand-up, television, film, stage|
|Genres||Character comedy, observational comedy, physical comedy|
|Subject(s)||Everyday life, family, celebrities, stereotypes|
|Spouse||Jerry Dixon (2011–present)|
|Notable works and roles||Various in Chappelle's Show
Anthony Marentino on Sex and the City
Mikey Abromowitz in Surf's Up
Mario Cantone (born December 9, 1959) is an American stand-up comedian, writer and actor, with numerous appearances on Comedy Central including Chappelle's Show. He also played Anthony Marentino on Sex and the City. His style is fast-paced and energetic, with much of his humor coming from his impersonations of various characters ranging from his family members, to celebrities, to stereotypes.
Cantone was born in Massachusetts, and raised in Stoneham, where his family moved when he was two. He was the fourth of five children of Mario, Sr., a Boston restaurant owner, and his wife, Elizabeth (née Pescione). His father moved the family to Stoneham, according to Cantone in a 2004 New York Times interview to get her away from her bookie relatives. Cantone stated that the problem "was that she was not only a bookie but she was also a compulsive gambler." His mother, who had been a big band singer in her youth, died when he was 21.
In his stand-up concerts, he is known for his occasionally campy impressions of entertainment personalities such as Liza Minnelli, Judy Garland, Bruce Springsteen, Jim Morrison, and Bette Davis as well as for his original songs.
Much of his comedy derives from his boisterous Italian-American family. Cantone, who is gay, has said that he considers himself an actor and comedian who happens to be gay rather than a gay comic relying on gay jokes. "Talking about being gay is a very small part of my show and when I first started I wasn’t out on stage but I was out off stage, I certainly didn’t lie about it on stage but if you didn’t know you were an idiot and you lived in a cave after seeing me…really??"
Sex and the City
Cantone made his Broadway debut in 1995, replacing Nathan Lane in the role of Buzz in Terrance McNally's Tony Award–winning play, Love! Valour! Compassion!  Later that year, he appeared in the revival of The Tempest with Patrick Stewart. Several years later, Cantone did a workshop for The Lion King as Timon but was not comfortable with the makeup or manipulating a puppet and eventually left the project. In 2002, he created and wrote his own one-man show for Broadway, An Evening With Mario Cantone. A year later, Cantone starred as Gidger in Richard Greenberg's The Violet Hour in a part written specifically for him. The Violet Hour received mixed reviews and closed after 54 performances.
In 2004, Cantone appeared as Samuel Byck in Stephen Sondheim's musical Assassins.  Originally slated for the 2001 Broadway season, Assassins was postponed because of the September 11, 2001 attacks.  In 2001, Cantone had turned down the role of Carmen Ghia in Mel Brooks's The Producers for the part. His other Broadway credits include his second one-man show, Laugh Whore, which ran from October 24, 2004, to January 2, 2005, at the Cort Theatre. Laugh Whore received a Tony Award nomination for Best Special Theatrical Event and an Outer Critics Circle award nomination for Outstanding Solo Performance. Showtime taped the December 11, 2004 performance, which premiered on May 28, 2005. It was the network's first Broadway production to air as a comedy special.
In September 2010, Cantone appeared in a staged reading of the Charles Messina play A Room of My Own at The Theatre at 45 Bleecker Street in Greenwich Village. As of November 2012, the play was still in development with Cantone in the cast.
He has appeared in the Comedy Central roasts of Joan Rivers and fellow Boston-area native and Emerson College alumni, Denis Leary. That network's Chappelle's Show featured him in a segment called "Ask A Gay Dude." His voice over work includes Sunsilk "hairapy" advertisements. and the voice of the talent scout bird Mikey Abromowitz in the 2007 computer animated movie Surf's Up. He has appeared frequently on the Opie and Anthony radio show.
A regular guest on the ABC daytime talk show The View since at least 2003 and a guest co-host since 2005, more regularly so since 2014  in August 2013, he was in the news as a rumored replacement for retiring co-host Joy Behar.
|Who Do I Gotta Kill?||Rico|
|1997||MouseHunt||Zeppco Suit #1|
|2005||Searching for Bobby D||Casting Director|
|2006||Farce of the Penguins||Sidney (voice)|
|The Last Request||Mr. Oliver|
|2007||Three Days to Vegas||Chris|
|Staten Island||Mr. Burton|
|Surf's Up||Mikey Abromowitz (voice)|
|2008||Sex and the City||Anthony Marentino|
|2010||Sex and the City 2||Anthony Marentino|
|2011||Jackie Goldberg Private Dick||Bartender|
|Dirty Movie||The Director|
|1994||NYPD Blue||Bidder #1||Episode: "Rockin' Robin"|
|2001||Ed||Scott Hayes||Episode: "Mixed Signals"|
|2003||Chapelle's Show||Himself||Season 1 Episode 6|
|2000-2004||Sex and the City||Anthony Marentino|
|2005||Laugh Whore||Himself||Stand-up comedy special|
|2006-2008||Men in Trees||Terri Romano|
|2009||Killer Hair||Leonardo||(TV movie)|
|Hostile Makeover||Leonardo||(TV movie)|
|2011||A Mann's World||Nicky||(TV movie)|
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- TCM Archive Materials Mario Catone
- Emerson College Notable Alumni
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- Mario Cantone Interview – SURF’S UP
- BookingEntertainment.com. Retrieved August 7, 2013.
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- DigitalSpy. (August 14, 2013) Amar'e Stoudemire, Mario Cantone to judge Miss America pageant. Retrieved August 14, 2013
- Mario Cantone marries his partner of 20 years
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- Official website
- Mario Cantone at the Internet Movie Database
- Mario Cantone at the Internet Broadway Database