Sebastian Maniscalco Shares First Trailer for His Comedy with Robert De Niro, ‘About My Father’

Feb 2023: Sebastian Maniscalco’s dad got a kick out of Robert De Niro portraying him on the big screen in the stand-up comedian’s upcoming comedy About My Father. PEOPLE has an exclusive first look at the film’s trailer.

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Variety: HBO Max Comedy Series ‘How to Be a Bookie’ Starring Sebastian Maniscalco Adds Four to Cast

Nov 2022: “How to Be a Bookie” was ordered at HBO Max in October with an eight-episode order. It hails from co-creators Chuck Lorre and Nick Bakay. In the series Maniscalco stars as Danny, described as a “veteran bookie who struggles to survive the impending legalization of sports gambling, increasingly unstable clients, family, co-workers, and a lifestyle that bounces him around every corner of Los Angeles, high and low.”

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Deadline: Chuck Lorre Bookie Comedy Starring Sebastian Maniscalco Gets HBO Max Series Order

Oct 2022: HBO Max has given an eight-episode straight-to-series order to How To Be a Bookie, the first comedy for the streamer from one of Warner Bros. Television’s top showrunners, Chuck Lorre, co-creator/exec producer of HBO Max’s most watched off-network series, The Big Bang Theory. Actor-comedian Sebastian Maniscalco (The Irishman) is set to star in the single-camera series, which Lorre is co-writing with one of his close associates over the past decade, Nick Bakay. It is comedy king Lorre’s first sale since the start of the pandemic.

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Variety: Sebastian Maniscalco Becomes First Stand-Up Comedian to Gift NFTs to Showgoers

Mar 2022: Top stand-up comedian Sebastian Maniscalco surprised fans at his shows in the New York area by giving away free commemorative NFTs to all ticketholders — the first comedian to launch such an offering using the next-gen digital collectible technology.

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Chicago Sun Times: Sebastian Maniscalco, Pat McGann team up for comedy special from The Vic

July 2020: Executive produced by Maniscalco, the show represents ‘a coming-out party’ for McGann — and gives the two stand-ups a wistful reminder of the joys of live comedy.

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WGN: Sebastian Maniscalco and Pat McGann Together Again and Still Bringing the Laughs!

Jul 2020: For comedian Pat McGann, the days of getting wrecked at bachelor parties and chasing girls in Mexico are over…but the party’s just starting. Now the pragmatic husband and lovingly indifferent father of three juggles soccer games, trips to the zoo and reluctant dinners with other married couples. In his first comedy special, presented and executive produced by Sebastian Maniscalco, McGann’s sarcastic charm and endearing wit are packed into an hour, loaded with laughs and hilarious quips redefining what it means to be a Family Man.

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Nightline: Behind the Scenes with Superstar Comedian Sebastian Maniscalco

Mar 2020: Maniscalco was in “Green Book” and “The Irishman,” and broke the record for the highest-grossing comedy event in North America last year. He said his father is his biggest inspiration for his comedy.

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Chicago Tribune: Sebastian Maniscalco sets a United Center comedy record. And he’s still bothered.

Nov 2019: “I almost lost it when I was coming in and I saw the big, big marquee on the side of the building,” he told me outside the green room 30 minutes before showtime. “For me, a guy from Chicago, watching the Bulls and the Blackhawks, all that history … I don’t even know if it’s hit me yet tonight.”

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NY Times: How Is the Hottest Comic in America Still Under the Radar?

Aug 2019: But his act is sneakily singular and deceptively ambitious. In a club comedy scene where it’s common to stand in place holding a microphone for 10 minutes, Maniscalco imbues his set pieces with flamboyant grace, acting out jokes with startlingly precise movements and theatrical flourishes. He gets laughs no other comic even tries.

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Vanity Fair: Proudly Pop Music-Agnostic Comedian Sebastian Maniscalco Is Hosting the MTV VMAs

Jun 2019: “As soon as they announce the VMAs, three million teenagers are gonna search ‘who the hell is Sebastian Maniscalco?’” he quipped. Folks, there is probably going to be a lot more where that came from.

Compared to recent hosts of the VMAs like Katy Perry and Miley Cyrus, Maniscalco is a real left field choice. He’s incredibly successful as a stand-up, sure; he landed on Forbes highest-paid comics list in 2018 and has several specials, most recently Stay Hungry on Netflix. But that doesn‘t necessarily make him an obvious VMAs host. His comedy style revolves more around observational humor and quips about his Italian-American upbringing than topical, pop-culture skewering punch lines, which is kind of what an MTV-approved host needs. And as he already joked, Maniscalco isn’t necessarily in the know when it comes to modern music, which could make for an awkward time when he’s cracking jokes about not knowing who Cardi B is to Cardi B’s face.

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NBC News: One-on-one with comedian Sebastian Maniscalco

Jan 2019: VIDEO: Sebastian Maniscalco has sold out shows at Madison Square Garden, written a best-selling memoir and performed specials on cable and Netflix. He talks to Lester Holt about his major influences – especially his dad.

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Sebastian Maniscalco Lines Up Latest Netflix Comedy Special

Nov 2022: Sebastian Maniscalco has gone full 60’s Rat Pack for his latest Netflix comedy special. The comedian will launch his fourth special on the streamer – Sebastian Maniscalco: Is it Me? – on December 6.

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THR: The 50 Most Influential People in Comedy in 2022

Nov 2022: The numbers are in, and state of comedy is strong. Among prevailing trends is the public’s eagerness to get back out of the house, leading to a new golden age of standup in which touring titans like Tom Segura, Bert Kreischer and Sebastian Maniscalco are selling out arenas — sometimes twice over, as Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias did when he became the first comic to play Dodger Stadium, on two consecutive nights for the Netflix Is a Joke festival last spring.

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CBS News: Comedian Sebastian Maniscalco and Dr. Scott Cohen get real about fatherhood on new podcast

Nov 2022: Comedian Sebastian Maniscalco and his real-life pediatrician Dr. Scott Cohen join “CBS Mornings” to discuss their new podcast, “Daddy vs. Doctor,” which offers a candid and funny take on raising kids.

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CBS News: Comedian Sebastian Maniscalco and pediatrician Dr. Scott Cohen discuss new podcast

Comedian Sebastian Maniscalco and his family’s pediatrician Dr. Scott Cohen join “CBS Mornings” to discuss their new podcast about parenting and fatherhood.


Deadline: ‘About My Father’s Sebastian Maniscalco Sends CinemaCon Home Laughing

Apr 2022: Refresh for updates If there’s a continuing motif among studios presentations at CinemaCon this year, it’s comedians working the exhibition crowd. Lionsgate closed out CinemaCon with Sebastian Maniscalco performing eight minutes of stand-up to huge roars in Caesars Colosseum. He’s here to promote the movie inspired by his life, About My Father. Yesterday, Universal had Billy Eichner, Jo Koy Steve Carell.

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ENTREPRENEUR: Comedian Sebastian Maniscalco Is Turning Zoom Dread on Its Head

Sep 2020: I spoke with Maniscalco (over Zoom, of course) about his life as a Zoomedian, his hilarious and charitable Sunday Supper series and all the steps it has taken from performing on open mic nights to acting alongside Robert De Niro. Maniscalco was thoughtful, enlightening and, of course, ridiculously funny.

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TODAY: Sebastian Maniscalco and Pat McGann discuss new comedy special

Jul 2020: Comedians Sebastian Maniscalco and Pat McGann join Hoda and Jenna to talk about teaming for McGann’s first comedy special, “When’s Mom Going to be Home.” They also share their hilarious and relatable experiences quarantining with their families.

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TODAY: Sebastian Maniscalco

Apr 2020: Comedian Sebastian Maniscalco tells Hoda and Jenna how his quarantine is going with his wife, Lana Gomez, and young daughter. “I went from a comedian to a preschool teacher overnight,” he said.

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Kelly and Ryan: Sebastian Maniscalco’s Family Is Getting Tired of Him Being Home

Mar 2020: Sebastian Maniscalco talks about how he’s handling being quarantined with his wife and kids.

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CBS This Morning: Comedian Sebastian Maniscalco: Success comes from his “fear-based mentality”

Nov 2019: Comedian Sebastian Maniscalco has sold out shows at Madison Square Garden, had a string of popular TV specials, and written a bestseller, “Stay Hungry.” Now he appears in the new Martin Scorsese film, “The Irishman,” alongside Robert De Niro and Al Pacino. Jamie Wax caught up with Maniscalco to talk about his continued rise.

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WaPo: For comedian Sebastian Maniscalco, being bothered is serious business

Nov 2019: Sebastian Maniscalco looks annoyed. Irritated even. But there’s no need to worry: That’s his natural look — his wife says he has a mean resting face.

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GQ: 10 Things Sebastian Maniscalco Can’t Live Without

Aug 2019: When standup comedian Sebastian Maniscalco hits the road, there are a few things he can’t live without. From his Louis Vuitton backpack and his running shoes to Yerba Mate shots and CBD cream, Sebastian shows us all his travel essentials.

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Esquire: Sebastian Maniscalco Got There the Old-Fashioned Way

Feb 2019: The first thing we see at Madison Square Garden after stepping out of the SUV is the construction of the towering arena stage. As the circular stage is raised in the center of the arena, Maniscalco has his head tilted back, watching, like the rest of us, in silent awe. It’s theater in the round here, but you don’t quite realize how “in the round” it really is until you’re there on the ground floor. With the whirlwind of empty chairs, sound monitors, and wrap-around jumbotrons filling out your periphery, there is a palpable energy in this place.

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