Sebastian Maniscalco is a stand-up comedian who has been able to achieve a thriving career in comedy after experiencing a slow beginning. His great determination for success and a diligent attitude to work landed him a role in Vince Vaughn‘s comedy documentary film titled Wild West Comedy Show: 30 Days & 30 Nights – Hollywood to the Heartland.
Following his extraordinary display of unique talent in the documentary, the skillful comic artist was publicly acknowledged, leading to his rise to superstardom. He has over the years gone ahead to release five comedy videos that center on subjects such as everyday life, marriage, pop culture, and of course, his Italian-American culture.
Maniscalco has also dabbled into acting, making appearances in movies such as The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature and The Irishman. He is also a podcaster as he co-hosts a podcast with Pete Correale titled The Pete and Sebastian Show.
Sebastian Maniscalco was Raised in a Roman Catholic Home By His Italian Immigrant Parents
Sebastian Maniscalco was born to Salvatore and Rose Maniscalco in Arlington Heights, Chicago, Illinois, on the 8th of July 1973. His parents immigrated from Italy to the United States and his father subsequently began working as a hairstylist while his mom worked as a secretary.
As a result of his parents’ strict adherence to their Roman Catholic faith, Maniscalco at the age of eight became an altar boy at the church where his family attended – St. Cecilia Catholic Church in Suburban Mount Prospect, Illinois.
He Swapped Chicago For Los Angeles in a Bid to Launch His Comedic Career
In 1998, after having attended and graduated from both Rolling Meadows High School and Northern Illinois University, Maniscalco moved to the city of angels to kick-start his career. Things, however, started very slowly for him as he could only land open mic gigs in bars and bowling alleys.
In order to make ends meet, Sebastian Maniscalco worked as a waiter at Beverly Hills’ Fours Seasons Hotel. He held the job from 1998 when he arrived in LA until 2005 when things began to fall into place. He quit the job that year after becoming a regular performer at The Comedy Store in West Hollywood. In addition, he also stages a 30-minute comic show for Comedy Central Presents.
Vince Vaughn’s Comedy Tour Proved to be a Perfect Launching Pad For Him
In September 2005, Sebastian Maniscalco joined Vince Vaughn on a comedy tour that kicked off at the Music Box Theater in Hollywood. The tour lasted for 30 consecutive nights, spawning 30 shows in 30 cities across the United States. Afterward, a comedy documentary film titled Wild West Comedy Show: 30 Days and 30 Nights – Hollywood to the Heartland premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2006. By February 2008, it was released widely in the United States.
The documentary was a success as it earned over $600,000 at the US box office. Following his role in the docufilm that featured three other comedians; John Caparulo, Ahmed Ahmed, and Bret Ernst, Maniscalco has been able to make appearances in numerous other comedy shows such as The Late Show with Craig Ferguson, The Jay Leno Show and The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon. He has further performed at Russell Peter’s Best Night Ever.
Sebastian Maniscalco’s Most Recognised Comedic Works
In the year 2009, after gathering a huge fan base through his numerous comedy gigs, Sebastian Maniscalco decided to release his first comedy special titled Sebastian Live. He followed it up in 2012 by dropping another special titled What’s Wrong with People?
Between 2014 and 2016, the famous comic actor released two more comedy specials titled Aren’t You Embarrassed? and Why Would You Do That? He encountered unprecedented success in the year 2016 specifically as his seven shows at New York City’s Beacon Theater were all sold out. As a result, between June 2016 and June 2017, the comedian raked in $15 million from his efforts and thus, made the 2017 Forbes list of the highest-paid comedians in the world.
Via Netflix, Maniscalco released a fifth comedy special titled Stay Hungry on January 15th, 2019. As a result of his growing popularity, all of his comedy specials have been bought over by the internet streaming service, thereby, selling the talented stand-up comic artist to the world. In late 2019, he embarked on a comedy tour titled You Bother Me and his show, Sebastian Maniscalco Live At The Forum which was held on January 11th, 2020 was sold out.
He Has Begun to Take Various Acting Roles in Recent Years
While Sebastian Maniscalco has also worked as a host on Sirius XM satellite radio’s Raw Dog Comedy channel 99 and on a podcast titled The Pete and Sebastian Show with fellow comedian Pete Correale, the Chicago native has slowly begun to build his filmography.
Since making his film acting debut in 2017 as a standup comedian in the comedy film The House, he has featured in other movies like TAG, Cruise, Greenbook, and The Irishman alongside Robert De Niro. Maniscalco has further featured in Jerry Seinfeld‘s TV show, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, and has published his autobiography titled “Stay Hungry”.
Sebastian Maniscalco Has Been Married For Over Six Years
Sebastian Maniscalco is happily married to Lana Gomez. The two got acquainted for the first time in a gym where both worked out under the same personal trainer. After dating for a while, they tied the knot on August 26th, 2013. The lovely couple expanded their family with the arrival of a daughter named Serafina Simeone Maniscalco in May 2017. Two years later, Lana gave birth to a son christened Caruso Jack.
Judging by their social media posts, the duo are enjoying marital bliss. They celebrated their 6th wedding anniversary in 2019 at Central Park, New York City.
What’s is His Wife Famous For?
Sebastian Maniscalco’s better half is a graduate of the University of Tennessee where she studied Art. She has since launched her career as a painter and sculptor.
In 2008, Lana gained wide attention after debuting at Judith Liegeois Designs. Her lovely artworks have also been published on reputable interior designer Kelly Wearstler’s book, Hue. She further made a name for herself in 2014 when she was publicly recognized with the Tastemaker Award by California Home and Design Magazine.
Lana Gomez’s work has additionally been published on top-notch journals such as InStyle, The New Yorker, and House Beautiful. Her work can also be sighted at Beverly Hills’ Greystone Mansion, as well as numerous other office buildings and residential homes. Lana particularly became famous as a result of her creation of a towering 10-foot guitar sculpture in Guitar Town, West Hollywood.