|Nick Di Paolo|
January 31, 1962 |
Danvers, Massachusetts, US
|Medium||Stand-up, television, radio|
|Spouse||Andrea Di Paolo (2003-present)|
|Notable works and roles||Born This Way, Road Rage,Funny How?, Raw Nerve, Another Senseless Killing, Inflammatory|
Nicholas Rocco "Nick" Di Paolo (born January 31, 1962) is an American stand-up comedian, writer, actor, radio personality and podcast host.
Di Paolo was born in Danvers, Massachusetts to parents Nick and Joan Di Paolo. In 1980, after graduating from high school, he attended the University of Maine where he became the running back of the university's American football team, and graduated with a major in marketing in 1984. He said, "I cheated my way through with a 2.3" grade point average, but said his time there were "the best years of my life". He joined the fraternity Sigma Nu. His brother also attended the university and did play-by-play commentary for the Maine Black Bears hockey team with Gary Thorne.
After graduating Di Paolo landed several jobs, including work in "suit and tie" office jobs in marketing and, around 1987, a door-to-door food salesman, "selling meat and seafood" in the New England area. Though he looked back on the job as "fun and I was pretty good at it", but he felt burnt out after around two years. During this time, the stand-up comedy scene in the Boston area was picking up and his university friend encouraged him to go on stage as he made his friends and colleagues laugh. Di Paolo was a fan of comedy in his youth and was influenced by comedians on television such as The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, David Letterman on The Mike Douglas Show and Jay Leno on The Merv Griffin Show. Di Paolo had wanted to try stand-up for several years but said he "didn't have the guts". His now lack of enjoyment from his sales job "led me to the stage". His first set took place in 1987 at Stitches in Boston that held an open mic night, travelling from a family barbecue with "about 22 beers in me". He recalled the five-minute set going "pretty well" and wished to pursue it full time, but obligations with his salesman job led to a temporary relocation to Rhode Island before returning Boston and going on stage again.
From 1987 to 1992, Di Paolo developed his stand-up act around comedy clubs in the New England area followed by New York City two years in, where he landed a regular spot at Catch a Rising Star. He developed his own style during his early Boston gigs, describing his act as "a rapid fire approach, four or five punches attached to every joke". Upon moving to New York, Di Paolo became more political after reading the local newspapers and comparing their views. In his first year as a stand-up comic, he secured Barry Katz as his manager and performed on over 300 nights. Di Paolo moved to New York City with comedian Louis C.K., the two becoming room mates.
In 1992, Di Paolo reloated to Los Angeles, California to further his career as "that's where the business is". While there he developed his stand-up act in local comedy clubs and took on several television and film roles, including a regular role as Tony, a bartender on the sitcom Grace Under Fire. He went on to make an early appearance on national television on The Arsenio Hall Show and featured on HBO's special focused on up and coming comics. He returned to the University of Maine to perform stand-up at Damn Yankee, located above the student's union, around five years into his new career. While in Los Angeles, Di Paolo befriended comedian and actor Artie Lange during an audition for a pilot that had Lange play the lead.
In 2001, Di Paolo had returned to New York City, living in Queens. In June 2001, he made his first appearance on Late Show with David Letterman, and later that year he filmed promos for the Comedy Central roast of Hugh Hefner. From December 2006 to December 2007, Di Paolo hosted an afternoon radio show on WFNY in New York City. He assembled a demo tape and approached other radio stations in the city to host a morning show, but it was too difficult. He then took any fill in spots on the air when he could, including Jerry Doyle, Dennis Miller, and Dan Patrick.
Di Paolo has written and performed three stand up specials for Comedy Central Presents, appeared in the HBO Young Comedians Special and three hour-long comedy specials Raw Nerve, which he wrote, performed and produced. It premiered on Showtime on April 30, 2011, Another Senseless Killing, which was self-released in 2014, and Inflammatory in 2017.
He was a regular 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.
Di Paolo voiced the Baby Nick character alongside comedian Patrice O'Neal, who was Baby Patrice in the animated series Shorties Watchin' Shorties. He has done several Comics Come Home specials for the network.
He has been cast as a police officer in Artie Lange's feature film Artie Lange's Beer League, in The Sopranos, and in numerous sketches on The Chris Rock Show, where he worked as a writer for two seasons. 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 is Di Paolo's second Emmy Award nomination. He also wrote for the 77th Academy Awards and the MTV Video Music Awards.
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.
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 as he wanted to "pursue some great opportunities". Lange continued to host the show with former professional American football player Jon Ritchie that was renamed The Artie Lange Show.
In 2014, Di Paolo released a new comedy special, Another Senseless Killing.
From May 15, 2017 to April 2018, Di Paolo hosted a talk radio show on the Faction Talk channel on Sirius XM Radio. 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 suspension. Later in 2018, Di Paolo will launch his podcast, The Nick Di Paolo Show, from his newly built home studio.
Di Paolo says he opposes political correctness, which he believes "ruined this country". 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".
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 social issues such as abortion and 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".
|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||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|
|2015||Inside Amy Schumer||Juror #3||Episode: "12 Angry Men Inside Amy Schumer"|
|2016||Horace and Pete||Nick||Web series; 3 episodes|
|1990||Caesar's Salad||Unknown||Short film|
|1998||Tomorrow Night||Nick Vagina|
|2006||Artie Lange's Beer League||Cousin Mickey|