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Helping to "find the funny" this season on Last Comic Standing as a talent scout in New York City is Brookly born actor Steve Schirripa.
Steve Schirripa was born in Brooklyn, NY - a city noted more for the "mob" stereotype. But stereotypes, like a wise guy's alibi, can be misleading. A series regular on David Chase's acclaimed HBO drama "The Sopranos", the Brooklyn College graduate's acting odyssey began while working at a hotel on the Las Vegas strip. As once the entertainment director of The Riviera Hotel in Las Vegas, Steve worked with such comedians as Drew Carey, Kevin Pollack and Bruce Baum. His cameo roles in their comedy specials led to episodic work on the big and small screen, with Steve continually appearing in more productions. Over the past year Schirripa has guest starred on "Joey," "Enterprise," "Law & Order," "My Wife and Kids", "Ed," "The George Lopez Show," and "The King of Queens."
As a regular popular guest on the talk show circuit, "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" approached Steve to be a special correspondent; to date Steve has appeared on the show over a dozen times. He is also a correspondent for "The Today Show", and a regular film critic on "the Showbiz Show". Steve has been a guest on the following shows; "Late Night with Conan O'Brien," he has been on "The Today Show" several times, "Good Morning America," "The View," "Good Day Live," "Fox and Friends," "Best Damn Sports Show Period," "Last Call with Carson Daly" "Jimmy Kimmel," "The Late Late Show," "Imus" and several other national and regional shows. Schirripa also acted as host of Spike TV's series "Casino Cinema."
Steve's big screen credentials are as formidable as his portrayal of Bobby Bacala. Schirripa recently won best supporting actor in the New York Independent Film Festival for his role in WHAT ARE THE ODDS. Steve also stars in DUANE HOPWOOD, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. He can be seen in the Newline feature film HIGH ROLLER, opposite Michael Imperioli. He's played memorable characters in "Monday Night Mayhem" with John Turturro and with David Spade in MEET JOE DIRT and David Arquette in SEE SPOT RUN. Schirripa also appeared in DETROIT ROCK CITY, FLINTSTONES-VIVA ROCK VEGAS, Martin Scorsese's, CASINO, Terry Gilliam's, FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS.
Schirripa can add published writer to his list of credits. The National Bestseller, A GOOMBA'S GUIDE TO LIFE published by Clarkson Potter, is his first in a series of three Goomba guidebooks. This comical book co-written by Charles Fleming, includes chapters on growing up in Brooklyn, great Goomba's in history, and goomba's do's and Don't. His second book THE GOOMBA'S BOOK OF LOVE is currently in stores, and his third THE GOOMBA DIET, "for Those with an Appetite for Life." With the popularity of the Goomba series, Steve has been asked to write Goomba books for young adults, the first entitled NICKY DUECE: WELCOME TO THE FAMILY, which was followed up by NICKY DUECE: HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS. Due to the book's success, Nickelodeon has optioned the NICKY book idea, and is currently in pre-production on transforming the book into a film. Schirripa is attached as an Executive Producer and actor to the project.