Italian Stallion Sebastian Maniscalco Is Riding Into Irvine

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I don't want to alienate any of the audience.
Sebastian Maniscalco is great at reminding us how much better the world used to be. How in a post-'70s world the food's not as good, the people are creepier and more disgusting, even water parks suck now. Opining for the old days in a gruff, Chicago-bred Italian accent while making rubbery facial expressions is pretty much his specialty. One thing this comical complainer does do on stage is keep you locked into present by making sure all of his hate on the modern day comes with a full helping of hilarity. He's managed to refine his talent for bellyaching on Comedy Central, Jay Leno, the Tonight Show and more. This weekend, Maniscalco headlines the Irvine Improv January 30th through February 1st. Recently, we talked to Maniscalco about how married life is treating him, got some insight into his favorite Twitter hashtag, and learned all about his upcoming projects that we will mos def be on the lookout for!

OC Weekly (Ali Lerman): First of all, I wanted to congratulate you on getting married!

Sebastian Maniscalco: Oh thank you! Yeah I got married on August 24th. It's the next chapter of my life and hopefully, there will be more material out of me being married!

Is that why you got married? For the material?

Absolutely! [Laughs.] I needed another 20 minutes of material so I figured, you know what? Let's get married and see where that takes me!

Ha! Oh, I'm sure! Do you think that when you have kids you'll get another 20 minutes of material?

Well you know it's funny with kids, I sometimes listen to comedians that talk about their kids and obviously I'll make fun out of the fact that I'm raising kids. But I don't want that to be the whole routine. When you go to a comedy club, there are people in there that don't have kids and might not relate to some of your struggles. I don't want to alienate any of the audience however, I tend to naturally talk about my life and what I'm doing in my routine. So kids will definitely be a part of it, but not the whole thing.

Good call. I hear you're kinda anti-tattoo but if your wife wanted you to get one, say she wanted matching "wedding ring tats," would you do it?

Well I don't have any tattoos and I don't know if I'm anti-tattoo but, I do a joke about people really getting emotional about what they put on their body. I just never understood the whole tattoo thing but to each his own. I wouldn't get one, I just don't understand the whole...I don't know. I just don't get it. I don't look at my body as a canvas I guess. It's just not my style. And no, we're not getting anything matching. No tattoos, no clothing, no nothing! [Laughs.] Put it this way, I wouldn't have married anyone who would've even asked me to do that.



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