Sebastian Maniscalco

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Sebastian Maniscalco
Born (1973-07-08) July 8, 1973 (age 45)
Arlington Heights, Illinois, U.S.
SpouseLana Gomez

Sebastian Maniscalco (/mænɪˈskælk/; Italian: [mani'skalko]; born July 8, 1973)[1][2] is an American professional comedian and actor from Chicago, Illinois.

Life and career[edit]

Maniscalco was born in the Chicago suburb of Arlington Heights, Illinois to Italian immigrants, his father being Sicilian.[1][2] After moving to Los Angeles in 1998, Maniscalco began his career performing at open mics in bars and bowling alleys while working as a waiter at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, where he worked from 1998 to 2005. In 2005, he began performing regularly at The Comedy Store in West Hollywood.[3] Since then, he has done a half-hour for Comedy Central Presents and four hour-long specials. His first special, Sebastian Live, was released on June 2, 2009. His next three specials were aired on Showtime, with What's Wrong With People released on January 5, 2012, Aren't You Embarrassed?, taped in Chicago, released on November 14, 2014, and Why Would You Do That?, taped at the Beacon Theatre in New York City and released in 2016.[3][4]

Maniscalco was one of four comedians featured in Vince Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Show: 30 Days & 30 Nights – Hollywood to the Heartland, along with Ahmed Ahmed, John Caparulo, and Bret Ernst. Maniscalco has also been on Russell Peters' Best Night Ever, Comedy Central Presents, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Jay Leno Show, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Conan, and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Additionally, he appeared in several films, such as The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature, The House, and Cruise, and he has a podcast called The Pete and Sebastian Show with fellow comedian Pete Correale. As of January 2017, they have a show on Sirius XM satellite radio's Raw Dog Comedy channel 99. In 2016, Maniscalco appeared on the seventh season of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. He published his memoir Stay Hungry on February 27, 2018.[4] A Netflix special also entitled Stay Hungry was released on January 15, 2019.[5]

In 2018, Maniscalco made his feature film debut, as Johnny Venere in the Academy Award-winning film Green Book.[6] He is set to appear in Martin Scorsese's The Irishman playing "Crazy" Joe Gallo alongside Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, and Al Pacino. The film is set to premiere on Netflix in October 2019.


Maniscalco cites Jerry Seinfeld, George Carlin, Brian Regan, John Ritter, Johnny Carson, Andrew Dice Clay, Bill Burr and Don Rickles as comedic influences.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Maniscalco married Lana Gomez in August 2013, and have a daughter together, Serafina, born in May 2017.[8]


  1. ^ Hyman, Dan (November 21, 2016). "Sebastian Maniscalco works like a dog to crack you up". Chicago Tribune. Illinois. Archived from the original on April 15, 2018. Retrieved July 27, 2017. ...the 43-year-old...Italian-American... Photo caption: "Comedian Sebastian Maniscalco, who was born in Arlington Heights...."
  2. ^ "Sebastian Maniscalco: Comedy's Favorite Italian American". lagazzettaitaliana. August 2017.
  3. ^ a b Chris Barton, "Comic Sebastian Maniscalco recounts his road from the Four Seasons to the Comedy Store (and beyond)," Los Angeles Times, October 20, 2016.
  4. ^ a b Shuttee, Vic (April 11, 2017). "Sebastian Maniscalco Laughs at the Serious Stuff". Houston Press. Texas. Archived from the original on December 20, 2018. Retrieved July 27, 2017. ...the 43-year-old comedian...
  5. ^ "Sebastian Maniscalco's Debut Netflix Stand-up Special Premieres Next Week". January 7, 2019.
  6. ^ Green Book (2018) External link in |title= (help); |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  7. ^ Maniscalco, Sebastian (March 27, 2012). "The Dennis Miller Show" (Interview). Interviewed by Dennis Miller. Archived from the original on February 11, 2015. Retrieved May 1, 2016.
  8. ^ "Sebastian Maniscalco Welcomes Daughter Serafina Simone". May 15, 2017.

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