Joe Avati (born 1974) is an Italian-Australian comedian who is popular among Italian and descendant of Italians from his native Australia, as well as in Canada, United Kingdom and the United States, where he has performed on several occasions.
Avati's observational brand of comedy have earned him comparisons to Jerry Seinfeld, and in promotions he is referred to as "the Italian Seinfeld". His observations are drawn from the life around his Italian family, particularly his experiences growing up. The characters and traits that Avati mentions seem to be universal in Italian families, which is why audiences familiar with this cultures are able to identify with him.
He kicked off his career by releasing a tape entitled "Livin' la Dole-Cheque Vita" in late 1999. He also released [Live and Unpluggato] in late 2000 which was placed on the internet as a downloadable MP3. This album went on to become the number one selling comedy album in Canada for 18 months.
Avati is now in the middle of shooting a feature film about the Italian life in Australia in New York and Montreal.
The stage show - IL DAGO - a "boy band" parody act was produced by Joe Avati and toured to major cities and regional centers around Australia from April 2007 until December 2009. IL Dago starred Joe Avati, George Kapiniaris, Simon Palomares & Nish Selvadurai.The show won the prestigious: "Most Outstanding Club Performers of the Year" and "Best Comedy Act of 2007" at the 10th Annual Australian Club Entertainment Awards.
Joe Avati began a national Canadian Tour in April 2008 followed by an extended tour of the award winning IL DAGO show throughout that same year.
Currently Joe Avati is in a show called VIVA LOST WAGES touring around Australia and as of 20 May 2009 is the co-host of an Australian TV Show called Food Investigators on SBS TV utilising both his comedic skills and his double degree in Food Science to educate the people of Australia all about food.
- Live and Unpluggato (1999)
- Livin' la Dole-Cheque Vita (2000)
- Best of Joe Avati Live
- An Evening in Montreal
- Live in Canada
- Back Home and Live (2006)
The Best of Joe Avati Live 2000 - 2007