Nick Di Paolo

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Nick Di Paolo
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Born (1962-01-31) January 31, 1962 (age 55)
Danvers, Massachusetts, United States
Medium Stand-up, television, radio,
Nationality American
Years active 1987–present
Spouse Andrea Di Paolo (2003–present)
Notable works and roles Born This Way, Road Rage,Funny How?, Raw Nerve, Another Senseless Killing, Inflammatory
Website NickDip.com

Nicholas Rocco "Nick" Di Paolo (born January 31, 1962) is an American stand-up comedian, writer, actor and radio host.

Career[edit]

Di Paolo has written and performed three stand up specials for Comedy Central Presents, appeared in the HBO Young Comedians Special and an hour-long comedy special Raw Nerve, which he wrote, performed and produced. It premiered on Showtime on April 30, 2011.

He was a regular on the short lived Comedy Central show Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn. He has appeared on several roasts for the network including The Comedy Central Roast of Pamela Anderson, The Comedy Central Roast of Denis Leary, The Comedy Central Roast of Jeff Foxworthy and The Comedy Central Roast of Larry the Cable Guy.

Di Paolo voiced the "Baby Nick" character alongside comedian Patrice O'Neal, who was "Baby Patrice" in the animated series Shorties Watchin' Shorties. He has done several "Comics Come Home" specials for the network as well.

He has been cast as a police officer in Artie Lange's movie Beer League, in The Sopranos, and in numerous sketches on The Chris Rock Show, where he worked as a writer for two seasons. His writing was nominated for two Emmy Awards. He also wrote for The 77th Annual Academy Awards and the MTV Video Music Awards.

He has been a frequent guest on The Joy Behar Show, Red Eye w/ Greg Gutfeld, Fox & Friends and Hannity. Other talk show appearances include The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Conan, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Last Call with Carson Daly, Howard Stern on Demand, and The Daily Show.

Other television appearances include The Colin Quinn Show on NBC, a recurring role on Grace Under Fire, NewsRadio, Suddenly Susan and The Smoking Gun Presents.

He has also been a favorite guest on radio shows including The Howard Stern Show, The Opie and Anthony Show and The Dennis Miller Show. He has filled in for Dennis Miller, Dan Patrick, Tony Bruno and others. Di Paolo hosted The Nick Di Paolo Show on 92.3 Free FM in New York City until May 24, 2007, when the station changed formats to all music. In October 2011, Di Paolo began co-hosting, with Artie Lange, the syndicated sports/entertainment talk show, The Nick & Artie Show.

He was cast as the building superintendent on Louis C.K.'s HBO show Lucky Louie, and appeared with a recurring role in Louis C.K.'s FX series Louie, which began airing on June 29, 2010. In one episode, Louie aggressively argues with Di Paolo's character about the latter's dislike of Barack Obama, to the point that a physical fight breaks out and Di Paolo's character hurts his hand. Louie then takes his friend to the hospital where they have "a genuine heart-to-heart conversation about the difficulties of marriage." In the series, Louie (like his creator/portrayer) is divorced and shares joint custody of his children with his ex-wife. Di Paolo's character is "married happily, but he has no children, and his wife and he have passed that sort of point where they can't have kids and now they're faced with just each other 'til one of them is going to lose the other. And there's a melancholy feeling to that. But I envy it, because I'm alone," said C.K. in an interview.[1]

Di Paolo has done USO tours in Cuba and Japan, and in 2008, Di Paolo visited soldiers serving in Afghanistan as part of a six-person USO/Armed Forces Operation Mirth Comedy Tour with Baba Booey, Artie Lange and Dave Attell.[2]

As of January 2013, it was announced that Di Paolo would be leaving the The Nick & Artie Show to 'pursue some great opportunities'. The show was continued by Artie Lange and renamed.[3]

He started a weekly podcast on the Riotcast network and released a new comedy special, Another Senseless Killing, in 2014

Political views[edit]

Di Paolo says he opposes political correctness, which he believes "ruined this country".[4] Di Paolo was mentioned as part of a shock radio "brethren" in a New York Times article about CBS Radio's decision to fire Don Imus for referring to an African American college basketball player as a "nappy headed ho". The article described one of Di Paolo's bits in which he mocked an employee training manual entitled "Words Hurt and Harm", stating, "Right away, we’re starting with a false premise, because words don't hurt".[5]

During a 2015 interview on Marc Maron's WTF Podcast, Di Paolo described his political outlook as "center-right" and mentioned that his friend Colin Quinn had once said, "you're not a political comedian, but you could tell a joke about McDonald's and everyone would know how you voted".

Discography[edit]

  • Born This Way - CD, Digital Download 1999
  • Road Rage - CD, Digital Download 2004
  • Funny, How?- CD, Digital Download 2008
  • Raw Nerve DVD & Digital Download 2011
  • Another Senseless Killing - CD, DVD, Digital download 2014
  • Inflammatory DVD, Digital Download 2017

Filmography[edit]

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1994–1997 Grace Under Fire Stevie Ray / Tony 8 episodes
1998 NewsRadio Jack Episode: "Who's the Boss: Part 2"
1998 Fame L.A. Joey Episode: "The Key to Success"
1998–1999 The Chris Rock Show Officer Nardizi / Officer Bertini / Officer Reno 13 episodes; also writer
2002 Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn Various on the panel for multiple episodes; also writer
2002 The Sopranos Joey the Cop Episode: "Christopher"
2004 Rescue Me Boston Fireman #2 Episode: "Orphans"
2004 Shorties Watchin' Shorties Baby Nick 9 episodes
2005 77th Academy Awards N/A Special material writer
2006 Lucky Louie Nick 2 episodes
2010–2015 Louie Nick 12 episodes
2015 Inside Amy Schumer Juror #3 Episode: "12 Angry Men Inside Amy Schumer"
2016 Horace and Pete Nick Web series; 3 episodes

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1990 Caesar's Salad Unknown Short film
1998 Tomorrow Night Nick Vagina
2006 Artie Lange's Beer League Cousin Mickey
2017 The Comedian Himself

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Comedian Louis C.K.: Finding Laughs Post-Divorce", transcript, Louis C.K. interview with Terry Gross on Fresh Air, July 7, 2010. Retrieved 2010-07-07.
  2. ^ Wicked Local Danvers
  3. ^ "Artie Lange". Twitter. Retrieved 14 January 2013. 
  4. ^ "Nick DiPaolo". Twitter. Retrieved 16 February 2011. 
  5. ^ "Shock Radio Shrugs at Imus's Fall and Roughs Up the Usual Victims", by Jacques Steinberg with reporting contributed by Terry Aguayo, Rebecca Cathcart, Bob Driehaus, Theo Emery, Ann Farmer, Malcolm Gay, Jon Hurdle, Carolyn Marshall, Lori Moore, Regan Morris, Colin Moynihan and Andrea Zarate; The New York Times, May 6, 2007. Retrieved 2010-07-07.

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