Plying his trade in Los Angeles, Sebastian Maniscalco has worked with some of the best in the business.
But nothing beats the stage in his mind.
“There is no better performance than a live performance at a club or theatre,” Maniscalco said.
The popular comic and Chicago native will perform at the Just For Laughs Road Tour Saturday at the Kiwanis Theatre.
He said Canadian audiences are hip to his material, which is mostly observational.
“My material comes out of real-life situations,” he said. “I’m not the type of guy that likes to set up jokes. It’s more stories and anecdotes.”
These can be anything from dating and relationships, to driving and technology.
Maniscalco is a correspondent on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and appeared in the Vince Vaughn Wild West Comedy Show.
He also makes his rounds on the television circuit.
The Just For Laughs Road Tour is in its seventh year, but it is the first time for Maniscalco.
He mentioned Johnny Carson and Don Rickles as some of his comedic influences.
“I liked John Ritter … I really enjoyed his physical humour,” he said. “I like to be animated on stage and move around a lot.”
Maniscalco said he tries to inject a local vibe in each of his shows.
He said crowds often appreciate a little bit of research.
“Anytime I go to a city, I refer to something that they can relate to right off the bat,” he said. “They’re really intrigued with what you’ve got to say.”
Maniscalco will appear in a documentary called “Just Like Us”, which is about comedy in the Middle East and how the art form crosses cultures.
Tickets for the Kiwanis Theatre show are $38. For more information, call 519-354-8338, or visit www.cktickets.com.