Comedy Alley Jan 20, 2018 @ 8:00 pm
Comedians Mickey Joseph & Mark Pitta – January 20, 2018 at the Convention Center downtown. Tickets will be $18 in advance and $20 day of show. Table reservations will be available so get some people together and make a plan! MUST be at least 21 years of age.
Mickey Joseph Bio
Mickey Joseph was born the youngest of three siblings to an Italian immigrant jazz musician and a Croatian Seamstress. His parents learned to speak English by watching the Television … Their learning curve accelerated greatly when they figured out how to “Turna da demed ting on!”
He was raised in the San Francisco Bay Area where he attended the Catholic School which influenced what would later develop into his unique style of Physical comedy which includes, bobbing, weaving and most importantly, pleading for Mercy.
Mickey left his loving home to attend the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Pasadena. He rented a small room in the home of an East Indian family. To support himself, he waited tables in an Italian restaurant. One night, after observing Mickey’s tableside antics, celebrity impressions1 and roll juggling, his boss suggested that he dive into show business. Or any business other than his restaurant.
Heeding this loving advice, Mickey entered the world of Stand Up Comedy. He moved to Hollywood, joined an improv comedy group, and began to write and perform his act. He married, fathered two beautiful children, and divorced, all in one sentence. He returned as a single parent, to the San Francisco Bay Area, where be quickly became a favorite in some of the most well known comedy clubs in the country.
Mark Pitta Bio
It’s difficult to know why a person is destined to be a comedian but Mark can point to one incident: “I was watching the movie Scarface at home when my mom came to visit and this was her reaction to the ending of that movie: Pacino is blowing guys away with a machine gun, bodies are going down, he gets shot from behind and falls into an indoor swimming pool, splashing blood as the camera pulls back to reveal the carnage and my mom says, ‘That’s a lovely house.’”
Mark Pitta is a national headliner coming from the fervent San Francisco comedy scene of the 1980’s. “It was the best time to want to be a comedian,” says Mark. “The clubs created a cooperative nurturing environment almost like a baseball farm system. It got us all ready for Los Angeles when it was time to jump into that scene.”
First Joke: Here’s something you’ll never hear at a Catholic School: “What are you wearing tomorrow?”
Mark’s career flourished in LA, first, fulfilling his dream of appearing on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson then subsequent appearances with Jay Leno. Mark landed a job as host of Totally Hidden Video for the FOX network, playing different characters in hidden camera situations and then hosting Friday Night Videos for NBC. Mark has made guest appearances on Mad About You and Third Rock From the Sun.
For Comedy Central Mark has appeared on Premium Blend; The A-List; Dr. Katz; and Make Me Laugh.
Mark wrote and starred in his own sitcom for NBC but the pilot wasn’t chosen for the fall season. Head of NBC, Warren Littlefield picked a show called “Union Square” instead. It lasted three episodes. Mark predicts that his show would have lasted at least four. When the word came down that the project wasn’t a go Mark magically received a call from the top rated morning show in the San Francisco Bay Area to be the roving entertainment reporter/host.
For five years Mark brought his unique comic expertise to the man on street format and enjoyed the original approach to interviewing newsmakers, movie stars and everyday folk. In 1997 Mark achieved the comedy version of the hat trick when, during a show, he made a women (name withheld) laugh so hard she wet her pants, cried, and liquid came out of her nose. There is no higher honor.
A favorite on the comedy club; college; and corporate circuit, Mark has also opened for Chris Issak, Celene Dion, Vanessa Williams, Paul Anka, Kenny Rogers, Olivia Newton John, Smokey Robinson, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, and Rick Springfield.
The prestigious ELAN AWARDS has chosen Mark as Master of Ceremoniesfive times, and Anthony Robbins has employed Mark to liven up his financial seminars.
Every Tuesday in Mill Valley, Ca. Mark runs a comedy showcase at the 142 Throckmorton Theatre new comics a chance to develop. Veterans like Dana Carvey, Robin Williams, and Richard Lewis have also stopped by. Read more about it at www.MarkPitta.com.
When not working for money, Mark lends his time to his favorite charity, The Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation.