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Piscopo in 2009
Joseph Charles John Piscopo
June 17, 1951
Passaic, New Jersey, U.S.
|Education||Jones College (BA)|
|Occupation||Actor, Comedian, Radio Host|
|Political party||Democratic (before 2008)|
Libertarian Party (United States)Libertarian (2008-present)
Nancy Jones (m. 1973–1988)
Kimberly Driscoll (m. 1997–2006)
Joseph Charles John Piscopo (pronounced PIS-co-po; born June 17, 1951) is an American comedian, actor, musician, writer and a radio talk show host. He is best known for his work on Saturday Night Live in the early 1980s where he played a variety of recurring characters.
Born in Passaic, New Jersey, Piscopo grew up in North Caldwell and attended West Essex High School and was a member of the drama club "The Masquers". He developed a reputation for never playing a part the way it was written. After graduating from high school in 1969, Piscopo attended Jones College in Jacksonville, Florida, where he received a degree in broadcast management.
In the summer of 1980, Piscopo was hired as a contract player for Saturday Night Live. The show had gone through a major upheaval when all the writers, major producers, and cast members left that spring. The all-new cast bombed with critics and fans, with the exception of Piscopo and Eddie Murphy; thus they were the only two cast members to be kept when Dick Ebersol took over the show the following spring. With the success of SNL, Piscopo moved to the wealthy borough of Alpine, New Jersey.
Piscopo was best known for his impressions of celebrities such as Frank Sinatra. Piscopo rewrote the lyrics for a Sinatra sketch with the help of Sinatra lyricist Sammy Cahn, and recalled that "by the grace of God, the old man loved it."
Piscopo left Saturday Night Live at the end of the 1983-1984 season. In 1984, he starred in a special for HBO and released a book for Pocket Books called The Piscopo Tapes. An album, New Jersey, for Columbia Records followed in 1985 and an ABC special called The Joe Piscopo New Jersey Special in May 1986. In 1987, Piscopo was mentioned in Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' No. 1 rock single "Jammin' Me".
Since January 2014 he has hosted Piscopo in the Morning with Al Gattullo, Frank Morano, and Debbie DuHaime from 6:00 to 10:00 am, Monday through Friday on AM 970 The Answer (WNYM) in New York City.
By February 2017, Piscopo, a supporter of U.S. President Donald Trump, was considering running as an independent for Governor of New Jersey in the 2017 gubernatorial election. However, in April he decided not to do so.
Piscopo married former Wheel of Fortune producer Nancy Jones in 1973. They had one child and divorced in 1988. In 1997, he married Kimberly Driscoll, his son's nanny when Piscopo had been married to Jones. They had three children and divorced in 2006. Piscopo is a resident of Lebanon Township, New Jersey and has lived in Tewksbury Township, New Jersey.
|1976||King Kong||Bit Part||Uncredited|
|1984||The House of God||Dr. Fishberg|
|Johnny Dangerously||Danny Vermin|
|The Joe Piscopo Special||Himself||TV Special|
|1986||Julian Lennon: Stick Around||Rival||Video Short|
|New Jersey Vice||Short Movie|
|The Joe Piscopo New Jersey Special||Himself||TV Special|
|Wise Guys||Moe Dickstein|
|1988||Dead Heat||Doug Bigelow|
|1994||Huck and the King of Hearts||Max|
|Two Bits & Pepper||Zike / Pepper|
|Captain Nuke and the Bomber Boys||Mr. Wareman|
|Dead Lenny||Louis Long|
|2012||Joe Piscopo: A Night at Club Piscopo||Himself||TV Special|
|2013||How Sweet It Is||Jack Cosmo|
|TBA||Spring Break '83||Max's Father|