Esquire: Sebastian Maniscalco Got There the Old-Fashioned Way
The first thing we see at Madison Square Garden after stepping out of the SUV is the construction of the towering arena stage. As the circular stage is raised in the center of the arena, Maniscalco has his head tilted back, watching, like the rest of us, in silent awe. It’s theater in the round here, but you don’t quite realize how “in the round” it really is until you’re there on the ground floor. With the whirlwind of empty chairs, sound monitors, and wrap-around jumbotrons filling out your periphery, there is a palpable energy in this place.
Vanity Fair: Proudly Pop Music-Agnostic Comedian Sebastian Maniscalco Is Hosting the MTV VMAs
“As soon as they announce the VMAs, three million teenagers are gonna search ‘who the hell is Sebastian Maniscalco?’” he quipped. Folks, there is probably going to be a lot more where that came from.
Compared to recent hosts of the VMAs like Katy Perry and Miley Cyrus, Maniscalco is a real left field choice. He’s incredibly successful as a stand-up, sure; he landed on Forbes’ highest-paid comics list in 2018 and has several specials, most recently Stay Hungry on Netflix. But that doesn‘t necessarily make him an obvious VMAs host. His comedy style revolves more around observational humor and quips about his Italian-American upbringing than topical, pop-culture skewering punch lines, which is kind of what an MTV-approved host needs. And as he already joked, Maniscalco isn’t necessarily in the know when it comes to modern music, which could make for an awkward time when he’s cracking jokes about not knowing who Cardi B is to Cardi B’s face.
NBC News: One-on-one with comedian Sebastian Maniscalco
VIDEO: Sebastian Maniscalco has sold out shows at Madison Square Garden, written a best-selling memoir and performed specials on cable and Netflix. He talks to Lester Holt about his major influences – especially his dad.