Comedy Night at MPC
Featuring Johnny Rizzo
with Linda Belt & Phil Selman
Where do you begin the task of trying to describe Johnny Rizzo? The elastic faces, the flopping limbs, the silly, googly eyes…he’s got you in stitches and he hasn’t even opened his mouth yet! And once that happens, you’re gone. At the end of the night, your face hurts – literally – from the constant laughter. He has earned the nickname, “The Rubber-Faced Comedian.”
Part old school (think Red Skelton, Jerry Lewis, Danny Kaye) intertwined with his own unique observations on everyday life, Johnny Rizzo has been cracking up audiences around the country for over 30 years. Born in raised in Bridgeport, Connecticut, Johnny cut his comedy teeth in some of the most hallowed clubs in New York City, including Catch a Rising Star, Caroline’s, Dangerfield’s and The Comic Strip.
Before long, Johnny was opening all over the country for superstars including Jay Leno, Richard Belzer, Dennis Miller, Tommy Chong, Joan Rivers, “Weird” Al Yankovic, Ray Charles, Little Anthony and the Imperials, The Mamas and the Papas, Pat Cooper and Henny Youngman. Johnny has headlined across the country at The Bitter End in NYC, the Borgota Casino in Atlantic City, the Riviera and Sun Coast casinos in Las Vegas and at all the major comedy clubs, including Madison Square Garden.
He has appeared on numerous television programs including NBC’s Last Comic Standing, Fox’s 30 Seconds to Fame, A & E Comedy on the Road and The Joan Lunden Show. He also received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Achievement – Performance Artist, for the acclaimed CPTV comedy special, Hot Summer Nights. He also hosted his own public-access talk and variety show, The Johnny Rizzo Show. Johnny has also toured the country as part of Jim Labriola’s Night of 1000 Guidos comedy revue show. He continues to perform hundreds of shows per year. “I’m a road monkey,” says Johnny, “I’m paying off my car with jokes.” He has appeared in numerous television commercials and also appeared in feature films.
Linda Belt is a New Jersey native (a comedy routine in itself). She moved to CT in 1987 where she became a suburban pillar of the community attending PTO meetings and baseball games. Linda became very tired holding up that pillar and instead holds her own as a professional stand up comic. Her humor touches on the absurdities of modern life and explores marriage, sex, parenting and social mores, in other words: any subject she feels like discussing!
Linda has performed throughout the US and Canada and has been featured in a number of comedy festivals, including the Hogtown Comedy Festival (Toronto) the Detroit Comedy Festival, the Long Island Comedy Festival, The Women in Comedy Festival (Boston), Laugh Your Asheville Off, Asheville, NC and the Boston Comedy Festival. Her many venues have included: The Comedy Stop at the Tropicana (Atlantic City) Mohegan Sun with Tree House Comedy, Turning Stone Casino, Broadway Comedy Club (NYC) & The Laugh Factory (NYC) as part of the “Broads of Broadway” show, The Comedy Cove ( New Jersey), Yuk Yuks International: Toronto & Halifax, Brew Ha Ha Comedy Club at City Steam (Hartford), Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle (Detroit), Magooby’s (Baltimore), Snickerz Comedy Club (Ft. Wayne, IN) Bonkerz Comedy Club (Various Locations), Comedy Zone (Various Locations) and Royal Caribbean Cruise Line. As a full-time working comic, she can be seen at various local & national venues and has appeared on affiliates of NBC and ABC as well as PBS.
Phil Selman is the comedian that comedians come to see on their night off! Phil has played the national and international comedy club circuit. He’s been seen in four major motion pictures, including the soon-to-be released horror-comedy film Blood Night and appeared on over twenty television shows, including the Showtime original series Californication. Phil has also made guest appearances on Comedy Central and MTV and been heard on over one-hundred radio shows across the country. Also check out his hilarious Comic Genius blog.
Phil has performed in 40 states, Canada, Europe, Mexico, The Caribbean and The Middle East. Heard on over 100 radio shows across the county. Has worked with Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, Ray Romano, Dave Chapelle and Jerry Seinfeld.