November 11th, 2018
@Cullen Performance Hall
Sunday 11/11/2018 7:00 PM
Sebastian Maniscalco will be at the University of Houston's Cullen Performance Hall this weekend. Earlier this week (Monday 11/5/2018) Maniscalco was on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live.It was two years Maniscalco made his way to the Bayou City in his Why Would You Do That Tour at Houston's Revention Music Center. He told Houston's Free Press reporter, Vic Shuttee, “I always watched Johnny Carson growing up, and [I] was always enthralled when the comedians came on.” “How do they remember all this? How do they nail the timing?”
Maniscalco also told Shutee, Brian Regan, Bill Burr, Eddie Murphy and Andrew “Dice” Clay are his influences. “Also John Ritter, who is not really a stand-up, but as a tremendous physical presence and comedic actor, which is something I like to do in my act too."
Manisacalco after moving to Los Angeles back in 1998 began performing at open mics in bars and bowling alleys while working as a waiter at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills until 2005. It was that year Maniscalco began performing as a regular at The Comedy Store in West Hollywood. This would eventually lead to half-hour Comedy Central Presents specials. The young network then gave him a four special deal. His first special was Sebastian Live. His next three specials were aired on Showtime, with What's Wrong With People six years ago. Aren't You Embarrassed?, taped in Chicago came out in 2014 and Why Would You Do That?, taped at the Beacon Theatre in New York City and released in 2016.
The 45-year-old comedian was in Connecticut two weeks ago with his Stay Hungry tour. He spoke of his act to reporter Linda Tuccio-Koonz, of ctpost.com, “You don’t have to be Italian to get it,” he said. “It’s kind of the way we grew up. Those shared experiences seem to resonate with a lot of different people. She’s Jewish. Ah! Same thing.”
That connection is why fans often approach Maniscalco as if they know him personally. It happened in Times Square recently; people told him they felt like they’d grown up with him. “I feel like we are all one big family and I am just kind of a guy who is telling our story,” he said.
Family has always been a big part of his comedy. Maniscalco, whose daughter, Serafina, is about 17 months old, said, “I’m diving more into not only my family, but my wife’s family. I’m always kind of writing my material as my life changes.”
Talking about Serafina’s first birthday has kind of become the opening segment of his first act. She’s changed everything, he said. “Walking around with her in the neighborhood, where she is seeing birds for the first time, you kind of stop to smell the roses, where before you wouldn’t see the world through her eyes. It’s been great, not only for my comedy, but for me, as a parent.”
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