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Sebastian Maniscalco (/mænɪˈskælk/; Italian: [mani'skalko]; born July 8, 1973) is an American stand-up comedian and actor. Born in Arlington Heights, Illinois, Maniscalco began his career in 1998 when he moved to Los Angeles performing at open mics at the Four Seasons Hotel where he worked as a waiter. In 2005, he began performing regularly at The Comedy Store. Since then, he has released five comedy specials. Maniscalco has also had supporting acting roles in the films Green Book (2018) and The Irishman (2019).

Sebastian Maniscalco
Born (1973-07-08) July 8, 1973 (age 46)
Arlington Heights, Illinois, U.S.
Years active1998–present
Lana Gomez (m. 2013)

Early lifeEdit

Maniscalco was born on July 8, 1973, in the Chicago suburb of Arlington Heights, Illinois to Italian immigrants; his father, Salvatore Maniscalco, who worked as a hairstylist, immigrated to the United States with his family from Cefalù, Sicily at the age of 15, while his mother, Rose Maniscalco, has origins from Naples and Sicily.[1][2][3][4] Maniscalco was raised Catholic, and at eight years old, he was an altar boy at St. Cecilia Catholic church in Mount Prospect, Illinois.[5] 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.[6]

Comedy careerEdit

In 2005, he began performing regularly at The Comedy Store in West Hollywood.[7] Maniscalco cites Jerry Seinfeld, George Carlin, Brian Regan, John Ritter, Johnny Carson, Andrew Dice Clay, Bill Burr and Don Rickles as comedic influences.[8] Since then, he has done a half-hour for Comedy Central Presents and five 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.[7][9]

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, Tag 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.[9] A Netflix special also entitled Stay Hungry was released on January 15, 2019.[10]

In 2018, Maniscalco made his feature film debut, as Johnny Venere in the Academy Award-winning film Green Book.[11] 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 late 2019. Maniscalco hosted the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards on August 26.[12]

Personal lifeEdit

Maniscalco married Lana Gomez in August 2013, and have two children together: a daughter named Serafina born in May 2017,[13] named after Maniscalco's grandmother,[3] and a son named Caruso born in June 2019.[14]


Comedy specialsEdit

  • Sebastian Live (2009)
  • What's Wrong With People? (2012)
  • Aren't You Embarrassed? (2014)
  • Why Would You Do That? (2016)
  • Stay Hungry (2019)


Year Title Role
2017 The House Stand-up comedian
2017 The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature Johnny
2018 Green Book Johnny Venere
2018 Cruise Dinardo
2018 Tag Pastor
2019 The Irishman Joe "Crazy Joe" Gallo


  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 "Un comico di origini cefaludesi fra i più bravi d'America: Sebastian Maniscalco" (in Italian). November 7, 2018.
  4. ^ "Piacere! An Interview with Comedian Sebastian Maniscalco". March 8, 2017.
  5. ^ "Sebastian Maniscalco on Church, Clothes and Comedy". January 30, 2017.
  6. ^ "Comic Sebastian Maniscalco recounts his road from the Four Seasons to the Comedy Store (and beyond)". October 20, 2016.
  7. ^ 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.
  8. ^ 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.
  9. ^ 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...
  10. ^ "Sebastian Maniscalco's Debut Netflix Stand-up Special Premieres Next Week". January 7, 2019.
  11. ^ Green Book (2018), retrieved January 31, 2019
  12. ^ Clark, Anne Victoria (June 26, 2019). "Sebastian Maniscalco Is Hosting the 2019 MTV VMAs". New York. Yes, on Tuesday night's episode of The Tonight Show, it was announced that Maniscalco has been selected to host the 2019 MTV VMAs. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  13. ^ "Sebastian Maniscalco Welcomes Daughter Serafina Simone". May 15, 2017.
  14. ^ "It's a Boy! Sebastian Maniscalco Welcomes Son Caruso Jack". June 25, 2019.

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