See Joe Piscopo & The Soprano’s cast members Vincent Pastore, Tony Lipp & Denise Borino Quinn for two special events live at the Wheeling Island showroom!
Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack is also a proud sponsor of this year's Upper Ohio Valley Italian Festival having arranged for special appearances by the visiting entertainers at Heritage Port.
On Friday, July 24 at 7pm, Vincent Pastore and his blues band will perform live at Heritage Port.
On Saturday, July 25 from 1pm-1:30pm, Joe Piscopo will serve as the emcee of the Heritage Port Stage.
On Saturday, July 25 from 12:30pm-3:30pm, “The Soprano’s” cast members Vincent Pastore, Tony Lipp & Denise Borino Quinn will appear in Little Italy for pictures, autographs and signed copies of the “Shut Up & Eat” cookbook.
Television, film, theater, nightclubs—they’re all fields in which Joe Piscopo has won the acclaim and affection of millions. For over 25 years, Joe has proven to be one of show business’ brightest lights. After stints as a disc jockey and dinner-theater performer, Joe turned to comedy. In 1980, he was chosen to join a newly formed ensemble charged with one of the most difficult tasks in TV history— Replacing the original cast of Saturday Night Live.
By the time he left the show in 1985, Joe had left his mark on the program, and the nation, thanks to his wide range of hilarious original characters and celebrity impersonations, from The Sports Guy and Doug Whiner to David Letterman and, of course, Frank Sinatra, who repeatedly endorsed Joe’s portrayal of him, referring to Joe as ‘The Vice-Chairman of the Board.’
His work on SNL naturally led to Hollywood, and starring roles in such smash hits as Wise Guys (with Danny DeVito) and Johnny Dangerously (with Michael Keaton). Other film credits include “Dead Heat, Sidekicks and the independent feature films Two Bits & Pepper, Roger Corman’s, ’Demolition Day’ and a dramatic, critically acclaimed performance in Jonathan Parker’s Bartleby. Look for upcoming films from Joe’s, Avellino Films, “Joey Benefit” and “Bloomfield Avenue.”
In January 1996, Joe conquered yet another realm when he starred on Broadway as disc jockey Vince Fontaine in Grease! (Ever the trouper, Joe insisted on performing opening night, despite conditions created by one of the worst blizzards in NYC history). And indeed, history was made as Grease! was the only Broadway show to open that night!
Live performances have always been an important part of Joe’s career. He has long been one of America’s most popular comedy concert attractions, filling arenas and casino showrooms from coast to coast and in Canada. (Including the prestigious Montreal Jazz Festival!) Joe tours with his own original Big Band tribute to Frank Sinatra, as well as his multimedia comedy show.
Joe also pioneered some of the most innovative television commercials on the air. Starting with his unforgettable Miller Lite campaign to GNC, Bally’s and even touting Ragu (with his Italian Mom’s permission, of course!)
Joe has also recently won acclaim for his dramatic guest-starring roles on the NBC drama, Law and Order. You might have also seen Joe as a guest on The FOX News Channel, or co-hosting The Columbus Day Parade each year in NYC with Maria Bartiromo or on The Late Show with David Letterman.
Although his unique talents are in constant demand from show business quarters, Joe devotes an extraordinary amount of time to non-profit and charitable activities. His willingness to perform at benefit functions knows no limits.
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