Mario Cantone (born December 9, 1959) is an American comedian, writer, actor, and singer 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.
|Born||December 9, 1959|
Stoneham, Massachusetts, US
|Medium||Stand-up, television, film, stage|
|Genres||Character comedy, observational comedy, physical comedy|
|Subject(s)||Everyday life, family, celebrities, stereotypes, Italian culture, LGBT culture|
|Notable works and roles||Various in Chappelle's Show|
Anthony Marentino on Sex and the City
Cantone was born in Massachusetts, and raised in Stoneham, where his Italian-American 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.
As a child, Cantone would direct reenactments of shows.  Cantone's first impression was of Julia Child, which he presented in a junior high school talent show. He graduated from Stoneham High School in 1978 and Emerson College in 1982. He moved to New York City in 1983 and got a job as a chocolate vendor at Trump Tower.
While working at Trump Tower, he did impressions of people while selling chocolate truffles. He later worked as a jewelry salesman, quitting a year later to pursue comedy fulltime. He began his professional career hosting a children's show called Steampipe Alley, which aired on New York-New Jersey superstation WWOR-TV from 1987 to 1993.
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 CityEdit
Cantone made his Broadway debut in 1995, replacing Nathan Lane in the role of Buzz in Terrence 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. 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. The Off-Broadway production is expected to begin previews in February 2016.
He has appeared in the Comedy Central roasts of Joan Rivers and fellow Boston-area native and Emerson College alumnus, Denis Leary. The 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 talent scout Mikey Abromowitz in the 2007 computer animated movie Surf's Up. He has appeared frequently on the Opie and Anthony radio show.
He was a regular guest on the ABC daytime talk show The View since at least 2003 and became a guest co-host in 2005. In August 2013, he was in the news as a rumored replacement for retiring co-host Joy Behar and since 2014 has been co-hosting more frequently.
|1994||Quiz Show||Passerby||Historical film produced & directed by Robert Redford and based on Richard N. Goodwin's memoir Remembering America: A Voice From the Sixties.|
|Who Do I Gotta Kill?||Rico||Comedy film directed by directed and co-written by Frank Rainone with James Lorinz and Rocco Simonelli.|
|1997||MouseHunt||Zeppco Suit #1||Comedy film directed by Gore Verbinski.|
|2002||Pandora||Tech Support||Short animated comedy-drama film directed and written by Antonio Campos.|
|And She Was||Mario||Comedy film directed by Frank Rainone.|
|2003||Happy Hour||Geoffrey||Comedy-drama film directed and co-written by Mike Bencivenga.|
|Crooked Lines||Cliff||Comedy film directed and co-written by Harry O'Reilly.|
|2005||Searching for Bobby D||Casting Director||Adventure/comedy film directed and co-written by Paul Borghese.|
|The Aristocrats||Himself||Documentary comedy film produced by comedians Penn Jillette and Paul Provenza.|
|2006||Farce of the Penguins||Sidney (voice)||Direct-to-video parody directed by Bob Saget. of the 2005 French feature length nature documentary March of the Penguins (French La Marche de l'empereur ; French pronunciation: [lamaʁʃ dəlɑ̃ˈpʁœʁ]) directed and co-written by Luc Jacquet.|
|Last Request||Mr. Oliver||Comedy film directed and written by John DeBellis.|
|2007||Three Days to Vegas||Chris||Comedy film written and directed by Charlie Picerni.|
|Staten Island||Mr. Burton||Crime film written and directed by James DeMonaco.|
|Surf's Up||Mikey Abromowitz (voice)||Computer-animated mockumentary family comedy film directed by Ash Brannon and Chris Buck.|
|2008||Sex and the City||Anthony Marentino||romantic comedy film written and directed by Michael Patrick King.|
|2010||Sex and the City 2||Anthony Marentino||Romantic comedy film written and directed by Michael Patrick King.|
|Circus Maximus||Romano||Comedy film directed and written by Thomas J. La Sorsa.|
|2011||Goldberg, P.I.||Bartender||Comedy film directed by Steven Moskovic and Rosario Roveto Jr.|
|Dirty Movie||The Director||Comedy film directed by Jerry Daigle and Christopher Meloni.|
|2015||In Stereo||John Resnick||Romantic comedy film directed and written by Mel Rodriguez III.|
|2017||A Very Merry Toy Store||Mayor Stevens|
|2020||All My Life||Jerome Patterson|
|1994||NYPD Blue||Bidder #1||Episode: "Rockin' Robin" (S 1:Ep 22)|
|2001||Ed||Scott Hayes||Episode: "Mixed Signals" (S 1:Ep 21)|
|2003||Chappelle's Show||Himself||Season 1 Episode 6|
|2000–2004||Sex and the City||Anthony Marentino||Recurring role|
|2004||Mouthing Off: 51 Greatest Smartasses||Himself||Comedy special|
|2005||Laugh Whore||Himself||Comedy special|
|2006–2008||Men in Trees||Terri Romano||Recurring role|
|2009||Killer Hair||Leonardo||TV movie|
|Hostile Makeover||Leonardo||TV movie|
|2011||A Mann's World||Nicky||TV movie|
|2014||Toadalees||Filth, Flarn & Gee||TV animated film directed by Ryan Duff|
|2015||Hindsight||Simon||Episodes: "Pilot" and "Square One"|
|2016||The $100,000 Pyramid||Himself (celebrity guest)||Episode: Mario Cantone vs. Robin Roberts|
|2017||Match Game||Himself (celebrity guest)||Season 1, Episodes 6-7|
Season 2, Episode 6
|2017||The President Show||Anthony Scaramucci||2 episodes|
|2019||Mom||Sean||Episode: "Wile E. Coyote and a Possessed Doll"|
|2020||AJ and the Queen||Alma Joy||Episode: "Pittsburgh"|
- Messenger, Eric (October 10, 2004) "Mario Cantone's Loud Family Reunion." The New York Times. Retrieved August 3, 2013.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved October 27, 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
- Gerani, Christine, (May 22, 2013), Mario Cantone: The Interview. SpotOnLongIsland.com. Retrieved August 7, 2013.
- TCM Archive Materials Mario Catone
- Emerson College Notable Alumni Archived December 29, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
- TV Guide, Mario Cantone: Biography.
- Stevenson, Bill (December 9, 2003), "Super Mario", The Advocate
- Sex and the City's Mario Cantone Talks Broadway, Impersonations, WatchMojo.com. Retrieved August 7, 2013.
- Playbill Vault, Laugh Whore Archived January 17, 2014, at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved August 4, 2013.
- Eichenwald, Wes (June 2, 2010) "Mario Cantone is out and proud – and much more" Austin360.com. Retrieved August 7, 2013.
- Mario Cantone Killer Comic, (originally published May 3, 2004), People magazine. Retrieved August 4, 2013.
- Weber, Bruce (June 30, 2000) "Theater Review; True Love and a Crisis at Christmas (When Else)?" The New York Times. Retrieved August 4, 2013.
- Playbill Vault, Mario Cantone. Retrieved August 4, 2013.
- Playbill Vault, The Tempest. Retrieved August 7, 2013.
- Marks, Peter, (June 7, 2002) "C'mon, Make Me Laugh" The New York Times. Retrieved August 4, 2013.
- Rooney,David (October 24, 2002) Review: “Mario Cantone: Laugh Whore," Variety. Retrieved August 4, 2013.
- Playbill Vault, An Evening with Mario Cantone. Retrieved August 4. 2013.
- Manhattan Theatre Club Archived July 28, 2014, at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved August 4, 2013.
- Ernio Hernandez (November 11, 2003) Interview with Mario Cantone Archived July 28, 2014, at the Wayback Machine. Playbill. Retrieved August 4, 2013.
- For example, see Ben Brantley's November 7, 2003 review in The New York Times, Charles Isherwood's November 6, 2003 review in Variety, and John Simon's November 17, 2003 review in New York magazine. Retrieved August 4, 2013.
- Playbill Vault, The Violet Hour Archived September 18, 2013, at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved August 4, 2013.
- Ernio Hernandez (April 22, 2004). "The Shots Heard Round the World: Musical Assassins Opens on Broadway" Archived October 30, 2013, at the Wayback Machine. Playbill.
- Sarah Beaumont (14 December 2003). "Something Just Broke". Sondheim.com.
- Ernio Hernandez (25 April 2005) Broadway's Laugh Whore with Mario Cantone Premieres on Showtime May 28. Archived July 28, 2014, at the Wayback Machine Playbill.com. Retrieved August 6, 2013.
- Levin, Gary and Bianco, Robert, (July 21, 2004) "Alley throws her weight behind series." USA Today. Retrieved August 7, 2013.
- Lenzi, Linda (September 21, 2010). "Photo Coverage: Cantone, Macchio et al. in A ROOM OF MY OWN".
- Playbill (November 8, 2012) Mario Cantone, Rachel Dratch, Zach Galligan Set for Reading of A Room of My Own Archived July 28, 2014, at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved August 4, 2013.
- Charles Messina.com. Retrieved August 4, 2013
- Playbill. "Mario Cantone and Ralph Macchio Starring in Off-Broadway World Premiere". Retrieved January 16, 2016.
- Comedy Central. About Mario Cantone. Retrieved August 4, 2013.
- Lippert, Barbara (August 21, 2006) Barbara Lippert's Critique: The Mane Man. Adweek. Retrieved August 4, 2013
- Mario Cantone Interview – SURF’S UP
- BookingEntertainment.com. Retrieved August 7, 2013.
- Carly Mallenbaum, (July 30, 2013) "Who Should Replace Joy Behar" USA Today. Retrieved on August 4, 2013
- Wagmeister, Elizabeth (July 31, 2013). "The View Says Goodbye to Joy Behar — and Who Should Replace Her?". TV Guide. Radnor Township, Pennsylvania: NTVB Media CBS Interactive (CBS Corporation (digital assets). Retrieved August 4, 2013.
- Harp, Justin (August 14, 2013). "Amar'e Stoudemire, Mario Cantone to judge Miss America pageant". Digital Spy. New York City: Hearst Magazines UK. Retrieved August 14, 2013.
- ABC Staff. "S1 E02 Ana Gasteyer vs Rachel Dratch and Robin Roberts vs Mario Cantone". ABC.com. New York City: Disney–ABC Television Group (Disney Media Networks) (The Walt Disney Company). Retrieved July 3, 2016.
- Mario Cantone marries his partner of 20 years
- "Quiz Show". Turner Classic Movies. Atlanta: Turner Broadcasting System (Time Warner). Retrieved July 4, 2016.
- Goodwin, Richard N. (2014). Remembering America: A Voice from the Sixties (Paperback ed.). New York City: Open Road Integrated Media. ISBN 978-1497676572.
- "Who Do I Gotta Kill?". Turner Classic Movies. Atlanta: Turner Broadcasting System (Time Warner). Retrieved July 4, 2016.
- "MouseHunt". Turner Classic Movies. Atlanta: Turner Broadcasting System (Time Warner). Retrieved July 4, 2016.
- "Happy Hour". Turner Classic Movies. Atlanta: Turner Broadcasting System (Time Warner). Retrieved July 4, 2016.
- "Crooked Lines". Turner Classic Movies. Atlanta: Turner Broadcasting System (Time Warner). Retrieved July 4, 2016.
- "Farce of the Penguins". Turner Classic Movies. Atlanta: Turner Broadcasting System (Time Warner). Retrieved July 4, 2016.
- "March of the Penguins". Turner Classic Movies. Atlanta: Turner Broadcasting System (Time Warner). Retrieved July 4, 2016.
- "Three Days to Vegas". Turner Classic Movies. Atlanta: Turner Broadcasting System (Time Warner). Retrieved July 4, 2016.
- "Staten Island". Turner Classic Movies. Atlanta: Turner Broadcasting System (Time Warner). Retrieved July 4, 2016.
- "Surf's Up". Turner Classic Movies. Atlanta: Turner Broadcasting System (Time Warner). Retrieved July 4, 2016.
- "Sex and the City". Turner Classic Movies. Atlanta: Turner Broadcasting System (Time Warner). Retrieved July 4, 2016.
- "Sex and the City 2". Turner Classic Movies. Atlanta: Turner Broadcasting System (Time Warner). Retrieved July 4, 2016.
- "Dirty Movie". Turner Classic Movies. Atlanta: Turner Broadcasting System (Time Warner). Retrieved July 4, 2016.
- "In Stereo". Turner Classic Movies. Atlanta: Turner Broadcasting System (Time Warner). Retrieved July 4, 2016.
- "Watch Match Game Season 1 Episode 06 Episode 6 Online".
- "Watch Match Game Season 1 Episode 07 Episode 7 Online".