Joe Piscopo is a respected name for all those “Saturday Night Leave” (SNL) lovers worldwide. He is a famous comedian and a Hollywood actor and is widely known by his stage name.
Joe Piscopo was born Joseph Charles John Piscopo on June 17, 1951, in Passaic, New Jersey, and grew up in North Caldwell. His father, Joseph P. Piscopo was a lawyer and his mother, Edith, was a housewife. Joe has 2 siblings, a sister named Carol and a brother named Richard. Joe attended West Essex High School and was a member of the drama club “The Masquers.” He developed a reputation for never playing a part the way it was written. After graduating in 1969, he attended Jones College in Jacksonville, Florida, where he received a degree in broadcast management.
Piscopo was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 1990. He has been married twice in his life but neither of the relationships lasted. He married Nancy Jones in 1973 and had a son, Joseph Jonathan Piscopo (“Joey”) born in 1979. The couple divorced in 1988. In 1997, he married Kimberly Driscoll, who was Joey’s nanny. They had 3 children together: 2 daughters named Alexandra and Olivia, and a son named Michael. Joe’s second marriage too ended in divorce in 2006 and he has been single ever since.
Joe Piscopo is a renowned actor, comedian, and conservative radio talk show host. With his versatile talents and unwavering charisma, Joe has captivated audiences across various mediums throughout his career. He is mostly noted for his part in Saturday Night Live (SNL) in the early 80s when he and his comedy partner, Eddie Murphy dominated the Television world with their outstanding comedy sketches.
Joe is best known for his impressions of celebrities, including Frank Sinatra. Following his successful stint on SNL, he ventured into the world of acting, showcasing his versatility in both film and television. In 1984, he starred with Michael Keaton in the movie Johnny Dangerously, which was met with mixed reviews. He also appeared in “Wise Guys,” leaving audiences in stitches with his impeccable comedic timing. He also starred in an HBO special and wrote a book for Pocketbooks titled The Piscopo Tapes. An album, New Jersey, for Columbia Records, followed in 1985, and an ABC special titled The Joe Piscopo New Jersey Special in May 1986.
In 1987, Joe was mentioned in Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ No. 1 rock single “Jammin’ Me”. He appeared on the cover of Muscle & Fitness magazine in April 1988 and again in June 1990. Since January 2014, he has hosted Piscopo in the Morning, a radio show. He was Inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame in 2013 for his services to arts and entertainment and has amassed enough wealth from his successful career to be worth an estimated $7 million.