John Pinette's Incentive to Keep Touring: Staying Away From Family

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I just want to make people laugh.
John Pinette is making a successful, long term career in stand-up look like a cakewalk. Add in that fact that Pinette has also been fruitful in television, film, and on the Broadway stage and now we're talking about a man who is completely living a dream job. This job is also taking him to the Brea Improv this weekend (March 27th through 30th) and before his headlining gig kicks off, we talked to John about his family, his recent health issues, and quickly found out that he loves the good ol' OC just as much as we do.

OC Weekly (Ali Lerman): Since you've been in the game so long, will you be doing some of the old classics or will you be working out new material?

John Pinette: It's actually quite the mixture. There is a lot of new stuff but I'm always happy to do the old stuff too because ultimately, I'm an entertainer. If somebody wants to hear something, you know, it's not like I'm Billy Joel where I'm going to be like, yeah I'm not really doing the old stuff. I just want to make people laugh.

OK if Billy Joel didn't do "Piano Man" I'd be pissed personally.

[Laughs.] Oh I'd burn the stage down! Actually, Billy Joel is pretty good about it but Springsteen, you never know. Springsteen could go, "I'm gonna do this whole concert on a harmonica." There'd be 18,000 people and you'd hear me in the back going, AWWW SHIT!

You have quite a set of pipes yourself so are you going to be doing any singing in Brea?

You know what? I probably will! I try not to get my set list in order too soon because then it runs around in my head. Like I'll be at the grocery store thinking about writing instead of thinking about how I need toilet paper. I have a lot of ideas about it and I know I'll have some old things and then I have a lot of new things I'll be trying. My last DVD was called "Still Hungry" and some of it was food based, but it really was a double entendre because I've been doing this for so long. I still feel like every show is a new experience though so I'm still hungry to make them laugh.


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