Joseph Charles John "Joe" Piscopo (pronounced PIS-co-po; born June 17, 1951) is an American comedian and actor best known for his work on Saturday Night Live where he played a variety of recurring characters.
Born in Passaic, New Jersey, Piscopo grew up in North Caldwell and attended West Essex High School and was a member of the drama club "the Masquers". He developed a reputation for never playing a part the way it was written. Graduating from high school in 1969, Joe went on to attend Jones College in Jacksonville, Florida. There he received his degree in broadcast management.
Saturday Night Live
In the summer of 1980, he was hired as a contract player for Saturday Night Live. The show had gone through major upheaval when all the writers, major producers, and cast members had left that spring. The all-new cast bombed with critics and fans with the exception of Piscopo and Eddie Murphy; thus they were the only two cast members to be kept when Dick Ebersol took over the show the following spring. With the success of SNL, Piscopo moved to the wealthy borough of Alpine, New Jersey.
Piscopo was best known for his impressions of such celebrities as Frank Sinatra, although he feared for his life due to Sinatra's alleged Mafia ties. Piscopo thus rewrote the lyrics for a Sinatra sketch with the help of Sinatra lyricist Sammy Cahn, and recalled that "by the grace of God, the old man loved it."
Post-Saturday Night Live career
Since January 2014 he has hosted "Piscopo In The Morning" from 6:00 to 9:00 AM, Monday through Friday on 970 The Answer (WNYM) in New York City.
Piscopo's second wife, Kimberly Driscoll, filed for divorce on July 10, 2006. Piscopo is a resident of Lebanon Township, New Jersey.
- King Kong (1976)
- The House of God (1984)
- Johnny Dangerously (1984)
- The Joe Piscopo Video (CED) (1984)
- Wise Guys (1986)
- Dead Heat (1988)
- Sidekicks (1992)
- Huck and the King of Hearts (1993)
- Demolition Day (1995)
- Two Bits & Pepper (1996)
- Baby Bedlam (2000)
- Bartleby (2001)
- Dead Lenny (2006)
- Last Request (2006)
- How Sweet It Is (2013)