Tony Tripoli gets dirty, sexy & funny at Club Cafe (with a little help from Joan)
Tony Tripoli, head writer for "Joan Rivers Fashion Police," and cast member on her reality show with daughter Melissa, dropped by Club Cafe recently in anticipation of his appearance at the club this coming weekend.
And guess what? He'll be appearing with Joan. Well, almost - rather Joan in the person of Joe Posa, the nation's top Joan Rivers Impersonator, who will be opening for Tony.
Joan calls Tony "The second funniest women in comedy" and "her favorite gay". Tony opens for Joan at several casino shows.
Tony gave an impromptu press conference at Club Cafe to bring the staff up to speed.
Club Cafe: What's the official name of the show?
Tony Tripoli: Dirty, Sexy, FUNNY!
Club Cafe: Have you ever performed in Boston before?
Tony Tripoli: I've never been to Boston, except to get on one of those rickety little planes to Ptown. Frankly, I don't even think it's a plane-it's a Toyota Tercel with wings. I think I've avoided visiting Boston because I hated Cheers so much. But, hey, enough time has passed now, so, I'm coming to check your shit out
Club Cafe: What can the audience expect from the show?
Tony Tripoli: Here’s the deal: I’m super funny, and have worked with a bunch of famous people, and since I’m not at all famous, I can totally bust on them behind their backs, and they’ll never know. Seriously, you guys. I’ve seen Joan Rivers naked. I need to talk about this with a professional, or at least an audience of strangers in a cabaret in Boston.
Club Cafe: What are you up to these days? What exciting projects do you want to tell our readers about?
Tony Tripoli: I’m the head writer of ’Fashion Police’ with Joan Rivers, which is the best gig ever. Let’s be honest: Joan doesn’t need any help. She is just such a hard worker, and she truly values having a sounding board to bounce her brilliance off.
She makes it look so easy, but, believe me, she busts her ass making sure every joke is a killer. And the response to the show is incredible-they just took us to an hour! So, I tell people, if you laughed at something, I wrote it, and if you didn’t laugh, it was someone else. That’s a total lie, but I’m sticking with it.
I’m also the new cast member on her reality show ’Joan and Melissa: Joan Knows Best.’ I open for Joan on the road, which they showed this season. That’s incredibly cool of Joan, and huge for my career.
They also showed me in a G-string, which did nothing for my career, but has gotten me so laid...The Lady also involves me in all her side projects, which is amazing of her. Plus, I’m doing my own standup all over the place this year.
Bottom line: I’ll sleep in 2013.
Club Cafe: You’re a gay comedian. Not many LGBT comedians make it in the biz. What’s your secret?
Tony Tripoli: Well, you gotta be funny. I really do believe that it ain’t about gimmicks and shtick; you can either slay a room full of strangers. Or you can’t. Gay comics get a bad rap, because we’ve all been through the torture of some queen getting up there and just complaining for 10 minutes. It’s excruciating. My show is completely different. I complain for a whole hour. But, hey, there are just a many shitty straight comics, and they’re worse because, well, they’re straight.
Club Cafe: Are you for or against marriage equality?
Tony Tripoli: I’m totally in favor of it, for a number of reasons. First: Duh, it’s a basic equal civil rights issue. Second: If my folks could each marry four times, and Britney spears can do it in a fucking Drive-Thru, I really don’t see how I am going to destroy the sanctity. Third: It’d be so delicious to see the Jesus People freaking out. They’re like those nature videos of raccoons: at first they cute and kinda funny, then you realize they are mean as fuck.
But, I have to admit, I do think about being married. It was just Easter, and I was thinking "God, I was so close to being married a while ago. I mean, if Prop 8 hadn’t of passed, and I wasn’t dead inside...Funny how life works."
Club Cafe: The 2012 presidential race is heating up. Care to talk about the Republican candidates?
Tony Tripoli: No. I’ve already alienated Cheers fans, straights, and Christians; I need someone to buy some damn tickets.
Club Cafe: Anything you would like to add? Anything you want our readers to know?
Tony Tripoli: Hey, I’m a gay comic trying to get out there, support the gay community, and hold down a few jobs. I called every comedy club in your area, and not one even returned my call. So, I found Club Cafe, and they were so thrilled to have me. The place only seats 150 butts, 80 if Jessica Simpson shows up, so I need you to buy advance tickets, and bring people. And honestly, bring staighteys: they love me. I promise the entire show isn’t fisting jokes.
Dirty Sexy Funny starring Tony Tripoli and Joe Posa takes place on Friday and Saturday, July 20 and 21, 2012 at Club Cafe, 209 Columbus Avenue, Boston, MA. For more information, visit the Club Cafe website.
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