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posted Friday, August 10 2012 - Volume 40 Issue 32
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Joan Rivers protégé Tony Tripoli returns for two stand-up shows

by Aiden Klein - SGN A&E Writer

TONY TRIPOLI: DIRTY, SEXY, FUNNY
RE-BAR
August 17 and 18


'Stand-up comedy is just like meth - you'll eventually go broke and lose all your teeth.' But that will not stop Tony Tripoli from making his second appearance here in Seattle on August 17 and 18 at Re-bar (1114 Howell St.), where he will present his stand-up show, 'Tony Tripoli: Dirty, Sexy, Funny.' Yes, the smoking-hot lead writer for Joan Rivers is ready to dish it up with Seattleites once again, and no topic is off limits. 'There's a lot of shit out there that's wrong and I think we need to talk about it. For instance, that thing that Mrs. Rivers calls a face. Now lets discuss,' Tony joked with SGN last week.

For those of you not familiar with this comedic genius, it's time to wake up! Tony writes hilarious jokes for Rivers, which she uses in her own stand-up act as well as on her reality show, Joan and Melissa: Joan Knows Best (which just got renewed for a third season on WE TV), and Fashion Police on the E! channel. Tony also has written for the Style Network's hit show The Dish and has appeared on Kathy Griffin's My Life on the D-List (but it's best not to bring that up).

'I've always been completely openly Gay and out of the closet,' Tony told SGN. 'Let's be honest, I didn't have a lot of other choices. From across the room no one is going to think I'm a lumberjack. My television agents know not to submit me for any commercials or sitcoms unless the role is a Gay role. With straight roles, I spend the whole time trying not to 'walk that way' or 'talk that way' and it takes all the fun out of it. There is a lot of bullshit you have to go through to actually get to perform, but once you are finally performing that's the good part. So to do something that will take the fun out of it - why would you do that to yourself?

'I really attribute my career to Joan,' Tony went on. 'I remember my mother wanted me to do stand-up comedy for a charity event and I killed it. There were some pretty important people in the crowd that night and later I was asked if I wanted to write jokes for Joan Rivers, and the rest is history.'

Prior to that eventful night, Tony was working as a Chippendales dancer. 'It was very Magic Mike, as in petty and juvenile,' he recalled, saying the stripper world is very competitive and cutthroat. 'They're worse than showgirls throwing marbles on the stage. I did it for approval and to boost my self-esteem,' Tony joked. 'I have to say, though, it was very interesting to see the 'straight' entertainers shave each other's butt cracks. Not to mention the owner, whose fashion and personality were stuck in the mid-'90s,' he added.

'In my show, I just merely tell the truth,' Tony said. 'It's a show for everybody, both Gay and straight. Not too many straights though - after a certain number it just becomes a little uncomfortable.'

Tony has performed all over the U.S. and will even perform at your house, 'as long as the check clears,' he said.

'Living in Los Angeles has really given me a lot of opportunities at being a fabulous homo,' Tony told SGN, adding that his shining moment was when he had the chance to sing Cole Porter songs for the American Plumbers Association, accompanied onstage by a dozen toilets.

'I get to open for Joan Rivers with a sold-out crowd of 3,000 one week, and then the following weeks I'm doing shows at your local dive bar such as Re-bar. Sadly though, I think I'm the only Gay man in Hollywood who hasn't had sex with John Travolta. Not much into big ol' bottoms,' the comedic genius joked.

'In my show, I'm going to address a lot of issues, one being 'shit that fags say' and the oh-so-controversial Chic-fil-A.' Tony admits to being a fast-food junkie when he goes back home to Arizona to visit family. 'It's a bummer. All this time I thought it was the peanut oil that made their food taste oh-so-good, but it was their hate for me that was the secret ingredient.'

Laughter is the best remedy for any ailment, and whether it's heartbreak or flatulence you suffer from, you're bound to be yourself again after a night with Tony. Easy on the eyes and with laughter for the soul, this is a show you will not want to miss. Tickets can be purchased at www.brownpapertickets.com ($20 in advance) and are bound to sell out so get them fast. Don't miss the man Joan Rivers describes as 'the second-funniest woman in comedy.' And the next time you're in the salon getting your nails or hair done and one of those cheesy '50 Greatest Moments on TV' shows is on, look for Tony delivering his signature uproarious and witty one-liners.

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