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Joseph Charles John “Joe” Piscopo (born June 17, 1951) is an American comedian and actor best known for his work on Saturday Night Live.

Born in Passaic, New Jersey, Piscopo 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 and was quite a clown on stage. When he was not clowning around he could usually be found lifting weights in his cousin Pauly’s garage (Paul LaMagna) with another cousin Scarecrow (Bill Dolphin). Although his father wanted him to become a lawyer like he was, Joe ultimately went into stand-up comedy in the late 1970s, becoming a cast member of the short-lived sketch-comedy series, Madhouse Brigade in 1978. In the summer of 1980 he was hired as a contract player for S.N.L.. The show had gone through major upheaval, as all the writers, major producers and cast members had left that spring. The all-new cast bombed with critics and fanatics. Piscopo and Eddie Murphy were the exceptions and the only two cast members to be kept when Dick Ebersol took over the show in spring 1981. Piscopo was best known for his boorish impressions of celebrities such as Frank Sinatra (he wrote Sinatra a letter asking his permission; Sinatra agreed and jokingly dubbed him “vice-chairman of the board”). Piscopo left S.N.L. in 1984, but unlike Murphy, did not find major success. He appeared in a few semi-successful films, appeared in an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, and had his own HBO comedy special, but was regarded more as a punch line to a bad joke about the doomed careers of most S.N.L. alumni.

During his time on S.N.L., Piscopo recorded the hit single “The Honeymooners Rap” in which he impersonated Jackie Gleason as Ralph Kramden of The Honeymooners. (Also appearing on the single was an uncredited Eddie Murphy as Art Carney’s character, Ed Norton). “The Honeymooners Rap” also appeared on Piscopo’s 1985 comedy album New Jersey.

In the 1980s, Piscopo starred in and made a series of Miller Beer commercials.

In 1986 Joe was in the Lets Go Mets music video.

In 1992 he provided the voice for Sheriff Terrorbull in the Saturday morning cartoon series Wild West C.O.W.-Boys of Moo Mesa.

In the early 1990s, Piscopo became a subject of controversy after his newly buffed physique and appearances on fitness magazines led many to speculate he was using steroids. Piscopo has repeatedly denied the allegations and says he began a campaign to improve himself after battling thyroid cancer from 1981 to 1982. He has also appeared in anti-steroid public service announcements (PSAs). Piscopo lampooned the controversy in his HBO Special, wherein he appeared to have a drug test during the show.

In more recent years, Piscopo appeared in the long-running Broadway revival of Grease, guest-starred on major TV series such as Law & Order and toured with other SNL alumni such as Kevin Nealon and Victoria Jackson. Piscopo is most often cast as a villain in comedies most like the Chuck Norris vehicle Sidekicks and Johnny Dangerously. He appeared as ladies man “Rocky” in the contemporary version of Herman Melville’s Bartleby (2001). Some in his native New Jersey have urged Piscopo to run for state office, and Piscopo considers himself “a Democrat, but a little conservative”.

Piscopo’s wife, Kimberly, filed for divorce on July 10, 2006. They have taken out restraining orders on each other, and both have alleged domestic abuse. Piscopo first met Kimberly when she was a nanny to his son, Joey. Piscopo and Kimberly were married in 1997 and had three children together. Piscopo has been reclusive from the media in recent years due to widespread internet allegations of child abuse, inflamed by the “shaking incident” in late 2006. Piscopo denies any wrongdoing.

Piscopo currently resides in Northern Jersey, Tewksbury Township, in a two-story ranch-style house.

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