She maybe a nice Italian girl from Cleveland, but comedian Tammy Pescatelli has been around. For over a decade, Pescatelli has been touring all over the Untied States and has been featured on tv specials on VH1, E!, G4, A&E, Country Music Television and TV Land, and was a finalist on “Last Comic Standing”. She has also appeared on the Tonight Show and Late Night with Carson Daly. Her comedy special is airing this Sunday on Comedy Central and is a front runner in Comedy Central’s Stand-up Showdown.
Pescatelli was on the “Somewhere in Vegas” podcast to talk about her comedic heritage and the pop culture hit that is spreading around the nation. She has a theory on why Italians make great entertainers.
“Italian people love the spotlight,” Pescatelli stated. “Think about it. Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Madonna – they all are Italian people. Maybe we need attention. Maybe our families are so big that no one pays attention to us, and needs the world to pay attention to us.”
From her Comedy Central Special – Courtesy Jokes.com
The biggest Italian based show since “The Sopranos” is MTV’s “Jersey Shore”. Pescatelli confesses that a lot of media outlets have been asking her opinion of the show, and she has just got to laugh.
“You gotta love them,” Pescatelli said. “I have a pretty good friend who is Jewish and she said ‘There will never be a show like that for Jews, trust me.’ I ask, ‘Why?’ and she says, ‘Because out mothers and fathers wouldn’t let us on it.’”
Cast of “Jersey Shore” Courtesy MTV
Pescatelli can’t help but see the plight of the cultural intricacy that the show has been under.
“I was the original Jersey Shore,” Pescatelli stated. “I was the only Italian girl on a show and no matter what you do when you are Italian, you get criticized. Some people say you’re too Italian. Some people say you aren’t even Italian at all, because only real Italians come from Italy.”
Overall, she says they cast are just enjoying themselves.
“I think these kids are just having fun, and they are proud of their culture. And you know what – I am proud of my culture too. I know they are acting like idiots, but they are young kids.”
Voting for the “Comedy Central Stand-up Showdown” is going until Saturday, and you can vote for Tammy Pescatelli by going to http://comedians.jokes.com/standup-showdown
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