With a string of record-breaking sold-out comedy appearances, a best-selling memoir Stay Hungry and a role in the award-winning Green Book, 2018 was a milestone year that culminated in comedian, actor and best-selling author Sebastian Maniscalco receiving Billboard’s inaugural Comedian of the Year award. The always “hungry” multi-hyphenate followed up that success with arguably “the biggest week of his career” to-date according the Entertainment Weekly by kicking off 2019 with a week that included performing four shows at “The World’s Most Famous Arena,” Madison Square Garden, and releasing his new Netflix Original special– Stay Hungry – streaming now.
Vulture recently said of the entertainer’s journey to success, “Maniscalco, without a breakout TV or film role, built a tremendous fan base the old-fashioned way: one joke at a time, one audience at the time." Although he may not have started his career in film, Maniscalco’s loyal fans will continue to see more acting roles from him with a performance opposite Robert DeNiro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci in Martin Scorcese’s The Irishman on Netflix this fall.
Dubbed “comedy’s new superstar” in a recent profile by “NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt,” Maniscalco made Forbes’ list of “The World’s Highest Paid Comedians” for the second consecutive year and was a nominee for Best Comedy Tour at the 30th annual Pollstar Awards.
Distinguished by The New York Times as having his “own kind of panache,” Maniscalco’s live performances have become critically-acclaimed events “embraced with thundering applause and tear-inducing laughter,” according to a recent Billboard review which described his sold-out Greek Theatre performance as “devastatingly full-force comedy.”
With 2019 hardly underway, the year is shaping up to be another landmark one for Maniscalco. The star of Oscar and Golden Globe-winning film, Green Book, continues an already remarkable year with his ongoing, blockbuster Stay Hungry Tour.