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Mario Cantone

New York stage actor and stand-up comedian Mario Cantone gained critical-acclaim with the Tony-nominated Laugh Whore from its sold out run at the Cort Theatre on Broadway to the Showtime Networks special. The previous theater season saw Cantone starring in the Tony-winning Assassins by Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman. Both hit shows were directed by four-time Tony-winner Joe Mantello.

An accomplished stage actor, Cantone has appeared on Broadway in the role of Buzz in Terrence McNally's award-winning dramatic comedy Love! Valor! Compassion! and Stephano in Shakespeare's The Tempest at the Public Theater. Off Broadway, Cantone was the original Terry in The Crumple Zone, Benny in June Moon, and Grumio in the Shakespeare in the Park production of Taming of the Shrew.

Cantone recently appeared in the hilarious film The Aristocrats. On television, Cantone went syndicated as Charlotte's wedding-planner-with-attitude when Sex and the City was launched on TBS and audiences can catch his frequent stints on The View. On Comedy Central, Cantone's performances have been featured on The USO Comedy Tour, Chappelle's Show, and Premium Blend, as well as his own special, Comedy Central Presents: Mario Cantone.

Cantone has performed his irreverent stand-up comedy at a wide range of venues including Carnegie Hall, where he warmed up for jazz great Shirley Bassey, to performances at Resorts Atlantic City and Caroline's on Broadway. Peter Marks of The New York Times wrote of his work, "In the realm of outrageously joyful stand-up, there is the shrieking, windup-toy sensibility of Mario Cantone, a comedian of extravagant tantrums and extravagant gifts...he is a proponent of the comedy of outrage." Over the years his routines have included musical parodies of Judy Garland, Jim Morrison, Peggy Lee, Bruce Springsteen, and Liza Minnelli.

Cantone got his start hosting the local New York children's show, Steampipe Alley, where the comic slipped in sly pop culture innuendo that adults could enjoy. His other television credits include appearances on Late Night with David Letterman, Martha, The Rosie O'Donnell Show, and NBC's Ed. The actor was also featured in the films Quiz Show and Mousetrap. Mr. Cantone's other film credits include Crooked Lines (Cannes 2003) and Last Request.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2007.
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Mario Cantone Facts

OccupationActor, Comedian
BirthplaceBoston, Massachusetts, USA

Selected Filmography

Not available.