When talking about the comedians and actors who are on top of their professions and consistently putting out good material, it would be amiss to not mention Sebastian Maniscalco. The American comic artist has created an incredible brand around himself from the ground up. He did not have the support of networks throwing money at him to create shows or wealthy sponsors willing to promote him, so he had to create awareness for himself the old-fashioned way. Sebastian went to bars, open mic nights, and all sorts of events around town night after night, pouring his heart out through jokes, meeting the people who came out to hear him, shaking their hands, and handing out DVDs to anyone interested in buying.
It was not the easiest route to success, but Sebastian eventually earned the fame that was due to him. Since becoming an undeniable star, he has shifted his attention to other aspects of the entertainment industry such as Hollywood where he has featured in several movies. Amongst the comedian’s film credits are roles in the Academy Award-winning picture Greenbook, The Nut Job: Nutty by Nature, Wild West Comedy Show: 30 Days & 30 Nights – Hollywood to the Heartland, Cruise, The House, and The Irishman in which he plays Joe Gallo.
Who Is Sebastian Maniscalco?
Sebastian Maniscalco was born on July 8, 1983. He grew up in the Chicago suburbs in Arlington Heights. He was a student at Rolling Meadows High School. Upon completing his basic education, he headed to Northern Illinois University where he bagged his bachelor’s degree.
He relocated to Los Angeles in 1998 to pursue his dreams of becoming a professional comedian. Sebastian started performing at open mic nights in bars around town while holding down a job as a waiter at the prestigious Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills. He worked there until 2005 when he got a regular job as a performer at West Hollywood’s The Comedy Store.
Moving on, he began hosting half-hour sessions for Comedy Central Presents which later became four-hour specials. In June 2009, Sebastian Live, his first special was released. This was followed by three more specials: What’s Wrong With People, Aren’t You Embarrassed?, and Why Would You Do That; released in 2012, 2014, and 2016 respectively.
His fame reached new heights when he was selected as one of four comedians to appear on Vince Vaughn’s Wild West Comedy Show, alongside Bret Ernst, John Caparulo, and Ahmed Ahmed. Sebastian Maniscalco has been featured on numerous shows including Best Night Ever, The Jay Leno Show, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.
The Irishman actor runs a podcast called The Pete and Sebastian show which he co-hosts with Pete Correale. The pair also have their own radio show which airs on Sirius XM. In February 2018, his memoir, Stay Hungry was published. The following year, he released a comedy special on Netflix also titled Stay Hungry. The comedian draws inspiration for his act from the works of Jerry Seinfeld, Bill Burr, John Ritter, Don Rickles, George Carlin, Johnny Carson, Brian Regan, and Andrew Dice Clay.
Sebastian Maniscalco’s Family, Who Is His Wife?
The comedian was born to Italian immigrants named Salvatore and Rose Maniscalco. His father is originally from Sicily. There is no information available about his siblings so it is not clear at this time is Sebastian is the only child or not. His family have been incredibly supportive of his career and even lent him money to stay afloat during the years he was having a hard time making ends meet.
According to him, his mother would ask him how much longer he was giving himself to make it before he finally stops trying because she hated seeing the toll that chasing his dreams was exacting on him. However, his family stuck by him all the way.
Sebastian Maniscalco is no longer a bachelor. He is happily married to the painter Lana Gomez. They exchanged vows on August 24, 2013, in a moderately lavish ceremony. The couple welcomed their first child in 2017. They named the girl Simone Maniscalco. Their son, Caruso Maniscalco was born in June 2017. Sebastian and Lana are happily raising their children together in a home that’s filled with love.