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Mar, 2011

Riffing on things Italian

WHO: Sebastian Maniscalco.

Sebastian Maniscalco got a break when he met Vince Vaughn, who picked him to be part of a comedy tour.

WHAT: Comedy.

WHEN: 8 and 10:30 p.m. Saturday.

WHERE: Bananas Comedy Club at the Holiday Inn, 283 Route 17 south, Hasbrouck Heights; 201-727-1090 or

HOW MUCH: $20.

Sebastian Maniscalco is really looking forward to playing Hasbrouck Heights this weekend.

“I”ve been to Bananas in New Jersey before, and love it out there. [There are] a lot of Italian people,” the comic says. “I”m Italian, from Chicago, and I always like playing heavily populated Italian areas. They seem to get my humor.”

It isn”t just paisans, though, who get a kick out of Maniscalco. The comic has won fans of all stripes with his comic riffs on not just Italian weddings and such, but everyday experiences like shopping, driving, dating and using technology.

Nowadays, even his divorced senior-citizen parents are going high-tech.

“My mother”s actually on dating websites, which I never thought would be possible, especially coming from an Italian family,” Maniscalco says. “I”ve got my 65-year-old mother telling me the other day, “Yeah, I”m up on” I go, “What? I hope it”s “m-e-E-t,” Ma.” “

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