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Nicholas Rocco Di Paolo (born January 31, 1962) is an American stand-up comedian, writer, actor, radio personality and podcast host. In July 2018, he launched his new audio and video podcast, The Nick Di Paolo Show.

Nick Di Paolo
Nick Di Paolo.jpg
Born (1962-01-31) January 31, 1962 (age 58)
Danvers, Massachusetts, US
MediumStand-up, television, radio
NationalityAmerican
Years active1987–present
Spouse
Andrea Di Paolo
(m. 2003)
Websitewww.nickdip.com

Early lifeEdit

Di Paolo was born in Danvers, Massachusetts to parents Nick and Joan Di Paolo.[1] In 1980, after graduating from high school, he attended the University of Maine where he was a running back on the university's football team and graduated in 1984 with a major in marketing.[2][3] He said: "I cheated my way through with a 2.3" grade point average but picked this time as "the best years of my life". He joined the fraternity Sigma Nu.[4] His brother also attended the university and did play-by-play commentary for the Maine Black Bears hockey team with Gary Thorne.[4]

After graduating Di Paolo landed several jobs, including office jobs in marketing and as a door-to-door salesman selling meat and seafood.[3][4][5] During this time, the stand-up comedy scene in the Boston area had picked up and a friend encouraged Di Paolo to go on stage.[3][4] Di Paolo was a fan of stand-up and was influenced by watching comedians appear on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, David Letterman on The Mike Douglas Show, Jay Leno on The Merv Griffin Show, and Robert Klein.[6][3] He had wanted to have a go for several years but "didn't have the guts" but his lack of enjoyment as a salesman "led me to the stage".[7] Di Paolo performed his first routine in the summer of 1986 at an open mic night at Stitches club in Boston, traveling from a family barbecue with "about 22 beers in me".[7][5] He recalled his five-minute set went "pretty well" and wanted to pursue it full time,[2] but his salesman job required a temporary relocation to Rhode Island. In the spring of 1987, he returned to Boston and started to make regular appearances at local open mic nights.[7][5]

CareerEdit

1980s–1990sEdit

Di Paolo said it took years hone his stand-up act.[5] From 1987 to 1992, he worked clubs in the New England area, including the Comedy Vault, the Comedy Connection, and Stitches.[8] Two years in, he did his first gigs in New York City which included a regular spot at Catch a Rising Star.[2] He described his act during this early period as "a rapid fire approach, four or five punches attached to every joke".[3] Upon moving to New York City, Di Paolo's act became more political from reading local newspapers and comparing views of each publication.[3][9] In his first year as a stand-up comic, he secured Barry Katz as his manager and performed on over 300 nights.[3][10] Di Paolo went on to live in New York City with comedian Louis C.K. as his roommate.[3][2]

In 1992, Di Paolo relocated to Los Angeles.[2][7] While there he developed his stand-up act in local comedy clubs and took on several television and film roles.[2] He went on to make an early appearance on national television on The Arsenio Hall Show and featured on HBO's Young Comedian's Special, which focused on up and coming comics.[2] While in Los Angeles, Di Paolo befriended comedian and actor Artie Lange during an audition for a pilot that had Lange play the lead.[3]

Di Paolo's first stand-up album, Born This Way, was released in 1999 and was recorded at The Comedy Store in La Jolla, California.[5] Its title was suggested by comedian Colin Quinn.[5]

2000sEdit

After five years in Los Angeles, Di Paolo had considered returning to New York City when Chris Rock offered him a writing position on The Chris Rock Show which was based in the city. He accepted, and wrote for two seasons.[11][12] In 2001, he and the team of writers were nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music, or Comedy Program. It was Di Paolo's second Emmy Award nomination.[13] He looked back at his time on the show as one of the best times of his career and went on to work contributing to comedy scripts.[14] By 2001, Di Paolo had settled in Queens.[13]

In June 2001, Di Paolo made his first appearance on Late Show with David Letterman and later, filmed promos for the Comedy Central roast of Hugh Hefner.[13] His appearances on The Howard Stern Show soon after led to comedy gigs nationwide with various staff from the show, including Stuttering John and Artie Lange, which further raised his profile.[12]

From 2002 to 2004, Di Paolo was a regular guest on the 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.

In 2004, Di Paolo released his second comedy album, Road Rage. Like his first, it was titled by Quinn.[5] Also that year, he starred in Shorties Watchin' Shorties, an animated comedy series on Comedy Central, alongside Patrice O'Neal. They voice two unsupervised babies who comment on television clips, including performances by fellow stand-up comics. The idea originated from Di Paolo after the network wanted the pair to work together.[15] He has done several Comics Come Home benefit shows.[15]

He was cast as a police officer in Artie Lange's feature film Artie Lange's Beer League and in The Sopranos. He also wrote for the 77th Academy Awards and the MTV Video Music Awards.

From December 2006 to December 2007, Di Paolo hosted an afternoon radio show on WFNY in New York City.[16] He left the station after management decided to change formats. He then took fill in spots on the air, including Jerry Doyle, Dennis Miller, and Dan Patrick.[3] In January 2008, Di Paolo began an occasional online talk show on BlogTalkRadio.[17]

Other television appearances include The Colin Quinn Show on NBC, NewsRadio, Suddenly Susan and The Smoking Gun Presents.

He has been a guest on radio shows, including The Howard Stern Show, Opie and Anthony,[6] and The Dennis Miller 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.[18]

Di Paolo has done USO tours in Cuba and Japan. In 2008, he performed stand-up for US soldiers in Afghanistan as a part of Operation Mirth, which Lange named and headlined. He was joined by Gary Dell'Abate and Dave Attell.[19]

2010sEdit

In April 2011, Di Paolo's special Raw Nerve was released as part of the Comedy Central Presents... series and on the television network Showtime.[11]

In October 2011, Di Paolo launched a syndicated sports entertainment radio show with Lange named The Nick & Artie Show. Di Paolo left in January 2013. Lange continued to host the show with former professional American football player Jon Ritchie that was renamed The Artie Lange Show.[20] In October 2013, Di Paolo launched his weekly podcast, The Nick Di Paolo Podcast, on the Riotcast network. The weekly episodes were free while additional episodes were exclusive to his ConnectPal donators.[21] The podcast ended in April 2018 following his firing from SiriusXM, after 226 episodes.[22] In 2014, Di Paolo released his comedy special, Another Senseless Killing. He wanted to film it in an intimate club setting and chose Acme in Minneapolis.[10]

In late 2016, Di Paolo filmed his comedy special entitled Inflammatory. It was released on DVD and digital download in 2017.[21] From May 15, 2017 to April 2018, Di Paolo hosted an evening radio show on the talk/comedy channel Faction Talk on Sirius XM Radio that aired from Monday through Thursday.[4] Excerpts from the show were released as a weekly installment of his podcast, The Nick Di Paolo Podcast.[23] The show was cancelled after Di Paolo had posted comments on his Twitter account that management deemed offensive, and was subsequently fired. Di Paolo maintained that his "poorly worded tweet" should have resulted in a temporary suspension "at best", and that SiriusXM had overreacted.[24]

In March 2018, Di Paolo kicked off his nationwide Nick is Right Tour.[23]

On July 9, 2018, Di Paolo launched his new audio and video podcast, The Nick Di Paolo Show. The one hour show airs live four days a week from his private studio. The free stream is broadcast live on YouTube. On May 6, 2019, Di Paolo released his one-hour comedy special, A Breath of Fresh Air, for free on YouTube. He wanted to release it "without any media/industry filter" that networks such as Netflix or Comedy Central have in place, and his management aimed to present Di Paolo to a wider audience to increase his profile.[25][26] It was filmed in February 2019 at the Cohoes Music Hall in Cohoes, New York in front of a sold out crowd. Di Paolo had performed at the venue two years prior and wanted to return to produce a special there.[25][27]

Personal lifeEdit

Di Paolo married his wife Andrea in March 2003. They have been together since 1994. After returning to New York City in the early 2000s, Di Paolo moved to Tarrytown, New York. This was followed by a move to New Castle in Westchester County, New York in 2004.[5][28] In April 2019, Di Paolo and his wife Andrea moved to Georgia. His father Nicholas G. DiPaolo, a former marine, died of Alzheimer's disease on June 30, 2020, in Danvers, Massachusetts.[29]

PoliticsEdit

Di Paolo is a supporter of U.S. President Donald Trump.

During a 2015 interview on Marc Maron's WTF Podcast, Di Paolo described his political outlook as "center-right" (noting that he doesn't oppose abortion or gay rights) and mentioned that his friend Colin Quinn had once quipped, "you're not a political comedian, but you could tell a joke about McDonald's and everyone would know how you voted".

Di Paolo says he opposes political correctness, which he believes "ruined this country".[30] 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".[31]

ControversiesEdit

Di Paolo’s radio talk show on Faction Talk, from which clips of the The Nick Di Paolo Show podcast were derived, was cancelled in 2018 after Di Paolo posted comments on his Twitter account which read “School shooters, please confine yourself to coll. campuses, specifically faculty lounges at Berkeley, Fresno State etc.” Di Paolo was subsequently fired, to which Di Paolo responded that Sirius XM had overreacted and his “poorly worded” tweet were only worth a suspension “at best”.[32]

Di Paolo has made several inflammatory statements on his podcast, and has called for violence against Black Lives Matter and anti-racism protestors. In a June 2020 episode, called for “Kent State times ten” against Black Lives Matter supporters and called NFL commissioner Roger Goodell a “soulless cocksucker” for encouraging teams to hire Colin Kapernick, a noted BLM supporter.[33]

In a July 2020 episode, he called on the President to “fuck up” Black Lives Matter protestors, and cited the Tiananmen Square massacare and use of fire hoses and attack dogs against Civil Rights protesters as positive examples. He also referred to Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) as “maybe the ugliest woman ever elected to Congress” and stated “I’d like to take a claw hammer right to her forehead, and just pull it open, watch all the shit spill out.”[34]

In a September 2020 episode, he claimed he had fantasized about stabbing protestors in the forehead and spraying “Marxist Communists” with a poisoned aerosol, likening it to “human Raid”.[35]

Comedy specialsEdit

  • Born This Way (1999; CD, download)
  • Road Rage (2004; CD, download)
  • Funny, How? (2008 CD, download)
  • Raw Nerve (2011; DVD, download)
  • Another Senseless Killing (2014; CD, DVD, download)
  • Inflammatory (2017; DVD, download)
  • A Breath of Fresh Air (2019; YouTube)

FilmographyEdit

FilmEdit

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

TelevisionEdit

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
2002–2004 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

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