Cent. Stage Co. Welcomes Joe Piscopo for Special Fundraising Event

Cent. Stage Co. Welcomes Joe Piscopo for Special Fundraising Event

Centenary University's Sports Management Department presents Joe Piscopo Sunday, April 14 at 3pm in the Lackland Performing Arts Center. The event is being held as a special fundraiser for the Boys and Girls Clubs of New Jersey. Tickets are $20.00 for general admission. Centenary University will also be holding a special meet & greet with Joe Piscopo. Tickets for meet & greet are $40.00 and include admission to the show. To purchase tickets visit centenarystageco.org or call the Centenary Stage Company box office at (908) 979 - 0900.

Television, film, theater, nightclub-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 with Chuck Norris and a dramatic, critically acclaimed performance in Jonathan Parker's Bartleby. Joe recently had the lead role of Jack Cosmo in the musical comedy, "How Sweet It Is" with Paul Sorvino. 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.

Piscopo received the Volunteer of the Year Award from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mercer County, NJ and was the keynote speaker at the Big Brothers Big Sisters National Conference in Chicago. In addition, Piscopo has received Community Service Awards from Boys and Girls Clubs in New Jersey and Broward Co., Fla. and is especially proud to have been recognized by Boy's Town of Italy in Rome. Joe was inducted into the West Essex High School of Distinction. (Joe graduated from West Essex and went on to receive a Bachelor of Science Degree in Broadcast Management from Jones College in Jacksonville, Fl.)

As a result of his charitable work, Piscopo started his own foundation called "The Positive Impact Foundation", creating positive media for at-risk youth including the syndicated television show for teens, "Positive Impact TV". This groundbreaking series mixes education and entertainment to reinforce positive behavior and lifestyles among at-risk youth from both urban and suburban backgrounds. And just this year, Joe has since merged his foundation with the Boy's and Girl's Clubs of New Jersey and is their proud statewide spokesman.

For his support of our US Military Forces, Joe was honored to receive the Commendation Medal, the highest civilian award from the state of New Jersey. Honoring his Parents and Grandparents, who emigrated to this country, Joe continued the legacy of his heritage by receiving the Ellis Island Medal of Honor in 1996. And "Jersey Joe" was also in the 2013 class of inductees to the New Jersey Hall of Fame.

Although Joe's impressive career and public service include several major accomplishments, he insists his proudest achievement of all is twice being named Father of the Year, in 1983 by the National Father's Day Council, and in 1989 by the New Jersey Council of Children's Rights. No matter how busy he may be, Joe always makes sure he has enough time at his New Jersey home, for his children, Joey (an impressive talent, in his own right!), and Alexandra, Michael, Olivia and Charley-Rae.

Joe is currently the host of the hit morning drive radio program. "The Joe Piscopo Show" on Salem Media's flagship station, AM970 THE ANSWER, live from New York City.

The performance will be held in the Sitnik Theatre of the Lackland Performing Arts Center on Sunday, April 14 at 3pm. The Lackland Performing Arts Center is located on the campus of Centenary University at 715 Grand Ave. Hackettstown, NJ. Tickets are $20.00 for general admission and $40.00 for general admission and a meet and greet. Tickets may be purchased via the Centenary Stage Company box office, on - line at centenarystageco.org or by phone at (908) 979 - 0900. The Centenary Stage Company box office is located at 715 Grand Avenue on the campus of Centenary University and is open Monday through Friday from 1 - 5pm and two hours prior to every performance. Centenary Stage Company can also be found across social media platforms; Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Like and follow to receive the latest in Centenary Stage Company news and special offers.

The 2018-2019 season of performing arts events at the Centenary Stage Company is made possible through the generous support of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the NJ State Council on the Arts, the Shubert Foundation, the Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, the Sandra Kupperman Foundation, and CSC corporate sponsors, including Premier Season Sponsor Heath Village Retirement Community, The House of the Good Shepherd, Silver Sponsors Hackettstown Medical Center, Home Instead Senior Care (Washington), Fulton Bank of New Jersey, and Centenary Stage Company members and supporters.

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