Joe Piscopo during the height of his career easily made people laugh by of course, impersonating Frank Sinatra. Usually, when people think of Frank Sinatra, they don’t really think of some sort of comedic figure. After all, old Blue Eyes as he was called was at the peak of American cultural expression.
Starting in the 1930’s, Frank Sinatra made quite a name for himself especially among the young ladies. But as his career progressed, people began to see different aspects of his personality and his set of talents.
It turned out that he was actually quite an amazing actor. If you need proof of this, watch an old copy of this movie “From Here to Eternity” on Netflix. You’ll be blown away because it’s a totally completely different side of Frank Sinatra’s public persona.
Joe Piscopo was able to capture that. He was able to capture the ironies, dichotomies and the small internal conflicting quirks that Frank Sinatra had. In fact, when you watch Joe Piscopo essentially make a fictional Frank Sinatra come alive, you’d really be kind of on edge. There’s really no other way to say it.
You’re kind of on edge. Is this person poking fun at Frank Sinatra or is this person celebrating everything and anything that’s great about Blue Eyes?
Regardless of what you feel about Frank Sinatra whether he’s funny or not. When somebody is making an impression of him, what we can all agree on is physical comedy.
When somebody trips and falls, most people laugh. They’re not laughing at the person. They’re laughing at the situation. This is a great way to make people laugh. When you trip and fall, it shows that you’re human. It shows that you’re not perfect.
This ability to connect with people based on how flawed, imperfect and inadequate they feel at some level or other makes for some great bonding. This is why physical comedians like Buster Keaton were really popular in their day because people can see the absurdity of everyday life.
Everyday life is not a walk in the park. You know that. I know that. Everybody knows that. There’s a lot of chaos. There are all sorts of disappointments. That’s just the way it is.
When Joe Piscopo portrays Frank Sinatra doing all sorts of funny physical comedy, people can’t help but connect.
Can you imagine if he tries to do that now by riding some sort of hoverboard UK fans can’t get enough of? Chances are he will bring the house down. Chances are he will kill the crowd because it would be it would be so freaking funny.
Physical comedy regardless of what you can say about it, it is definitely not going to go anytime soon because it’s so basic. It goes to the core of the human condition.