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John Caponera

John Caponera always knew he wanted to be in show business but in what dimension was undetermined until the summer of 1979 when John entered a Gong Show at a local bar in Chicago. After doing several impressions, he walked away with the five hundred dollar winner's pot and a realization that he might have something to offer in the comedy world. Caponera's instincts proved right and after two years working the Chicago comedy club circuit, John took his act on the road where he was immediately accepted. He has honed his act over a seventeen year career performing to audiences all over the world. Caponera is considered a comic's comic, a true professional offering a mix of material from topical to impressions to characterizations to stories and one liners.

Howell Malham Jr. from the Chicago Tribune writes "Every so often, the kingdom of comedy is graced with a gifted, naturally refined performer who can effectively demonstrate the transcendental powers of the medium while making it look deceptively easy. Here, then, is John Caponera, a formidable and resourceful comic who calls upon his treasured South Side nuances to make his routine soar into a dimension ruled in tandem by sarcasm and negativity."

Michael Paskevich of the Las Vegas Review Journal writes "Caponera capped off a quirky evening of comedy with a deadly funny set that further heralded his status as one of stand-ups brightest lights. Unafraid of letting a room go quiet, Caponera sets his own intentionally erratic pace pausing to perfection to complement his oddly timed but rewarding comic insights. The jokes are further boistered by his talent for facial gestures that range from goofy to arrogant, making Caponera arguably the hottest club headliner going at present. Count on seeing more of him in the future as word of his immense talents spreads further."

You may recognize John as a regular on the WB show Popular or from his starring role in the NBC sitcom, The Good Life or as the host of Comedy Central's sport show Jocks and ESPN's Talk II or from his appearances on Love and War, Blossom, Tales From The Crypt, The Tonight Show, The Dennis Miller Show, L.A. Law, N.B.C.'s Miniseries Drug Wars, ER, The John Laroquette Show, The Crew, The Drew Carey Show, Louie Anderson's Comedy Showcase and the Espy Awards.

John also continues to work on the road, touring at least 15 weeks per year. Audiences from all over have heard the Caponera experience and their reaction and approval is exactly why colleges, hotels, corporations and club owners bring him back again and again.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2003.

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