December 23, 2009: Daily Herald
Story appeared in today’s morning newspaper and online. The story appeared along with video on the entertainment page.
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December 22, 2009: WGN-TV
Joe was interviewed on the morning news. See video here.
December 22, 2009: ABC 7-TV
Joe was interviewed on the morning news. See video here.
December 22, 2009: Radio Interview with Voccalo Radio
Chicago Public Radio Chicago (Interview secured by Fred Farris). Listen to it here.
May 10, 2008: Resorts Atlantic City
A Gala benefiting New Jersey's World War II Memorial. And honoring Veterans of all wars from NJ. Featuring Joe and the Big Band conducted by his dear friend, the incomparable, Vinnie Falcone.
Come join Joe and other prominent New Jersey dignitaries to honor 'The Greatest Generation!'
January, 2007: Don't miss Joe at The Las Vegas Hilton!
Joe will be doing his music/comedy shows at The Shimmer Cabaret at the Las Vegas Hilton starting Feb 18th. Conducting the music for Joe's show will be renowned musician, conductor for Frank Sinatra and dear friend, Vincent Falone.
August 20, 2004: Joe Piscopo, New Jersey governor?
(CNN) -- He played a number of notables -- David Letterman, Frank Sinatra -- on "Saturday Night Live" in the 1980s, but Joe Piscopo is now thinking of a completely different kind of role: governor.
The actor and comedian has been asked by some people to consider a run in his home state, New Jersey.
CNN "American Morning" anchor Bill Hemmer talked to Piscopo about the possibilities.
BILL HEMMER, CNN ANCHOR: He considers himself a lifelong Democrat, self-described Jersey guy, but is comedian Joe Piscopo serious about trying to replace Jim McGreevey as governor in that state? He often paid homage to the Garden State while on "Saturday Night Live" back in the 1980s.
And Jersey Joe our guest today not in New Jersey, but in Orlando, Florida, to talk about the "Draft Piscopo" movement.
And, Joe, good morning to you, and thanks for your time.
Is this serious, by the way?
JOE PISCOPO, ACTOR, COMEDIAN: Well, you know, I had some serious people talk to me, Bill. We're very concerned about the state, and the -- you know, I wrote the jokes 20 years ago, but now it's almost not funny the way Jersey's getting hit. I'm reading The Wall Street Journal and ... these national publications, USA Today, saying the problems we have in Jersey.
So the people that came to me and asked me to run, they're serious.
HEMMER: Joe, what can you tell us about the people that approached you? Who are they? How strong backing do they have?
PISCOPO: You know what, [they're] young businessmen, and I talked to them yesterday. It was so funny, I said, come on, guys, you got to let everybody know who you are. And they say, like, no, we stay in the background, Joe, you know, we believe in you, and we're friends enough where I'm not beholden to anybody.
So they're like young, very concerned New Jersey citizens.
Because, see, in Jersey, we are so proud of the state. I've got to tell you, not just because the great Bruce Springsteen is from there, and Frank Sinatra, and Bruce Willis, and Jack Nicholson, and Danny DeVito, and Shaquille O'Neal born in Newark. I mean, we have so much to offer in this state, that as we're citizens and we go through our everyday lives back in Jersey, and then we see this ... stuff that's happening now.
These guys [who] came to me, they really want to make a change.
HEMMER: Let's talk about the stuff happening now. What was your reaction a week ago with Jim McGreevey's announcement?
PISCOPO: Well, you know, I'm a friend of Jim and Dina. [My wife] Kimberly and I are friends of the governor and first lady, and just have great affection for them, and our hearts go out to them. So that was our immediate response.
And I must say, I think most of the citizens in the great state of New Jersey said, you know, it's an unfortunate situation, what happened, but you feel such sympathy, and you just wish them the best.
HEMMER: Do you think he should resign now, or wait until the date of November 15th, as she stated?
PISCOPO: Yes, that's the question, Bill. You know, it's hard for me to say, to be objective, because I'm friends with the man, so ...
HEMMER: Let me try and cut through it for you then.
PISCOPO: Thank you.
HEMMER: Do you want this job?
PISCOPO: You know what, I love the state enough to do it, I'll tell you that right now.
HEMMER: If that's the case the, you would support him getting out now, because that increasing your chances immediately of taking the office, right?
PISCOPO: I don't mind him on a personal level hanging in until November, because he's got to do what he's got to do; his family's got to be -- you know, adjusting to this whole crisis. That's what I think.
But maybe, in the political landscape, to leave now -- ah, listen, we deal with adversity every day in New Jersey. We're second-class citizens. We're sandwiched between the great cities of New York and Philadelphia. So we can deal with any adversity, and we'll make it through this one, I think, whether I'm there or not.
HEMMER: You're a lifelong Democrat, right? And you talk about the highest property taxes in the country in your home state. Sounds a bit conservative.
PISCOPO: I know. I know. I could tell. As I go through the different items and my agenda in my head, you know, as people talk to me, of what I stand for, I am very, very conservative, but I'm a lifelong Democrat. I believe -- a proud Democrat.
It's the working man's party, and New Jersey has its roots in working class. Immigrants came from all over the country and they settled in New Jersey. Like my grandparents, they couldn't even speak English when they first came here.
So yes, I'm a Democrat, very conservative, but highest property tax in the country, highest insurance, car insurance rates in the country, and I can't understand how a great state like the one I'm in now, Florida, Texas, Nevada, they have no state income tax. How do they do it and why can't Jersey do it?
HEMMER: We'll follow your story. By the way, Schwarzenegger went on the Leno show to announce his candidacy. Do you want do to that here?
PISCOPO: Oh, man, I'll have to keep that in mind. But I don't know, Arnold is like -- Arnold's a mega-gazillion, you know, dollar superstar. I'm just a Jersey guy. I think I'll go on the New Jersey network.
HEMMER: Thank you, Joe.
August 19, 2004: Piscopo entertaining a run for gov
Joe Piscopo gave the Garden State a new slogan with his "You from Jersey?" routine on "Saturday Night Live."
But would voters elect him as a replacement for Jim McGreevey?
The comic confirms that "some prominent business guys" are trying to persuade him to run for the disgraced governor's seat.
Piscopo won't say who they are, but tells us, "They've suggested I run as an independent. They have the financing, but they've assured me I wouldn't be beholden to them."
Like Arnold Schwarzenegger, Piscopo (who's almost as brawny and speaks better English) has dipped his toes into politics by supporting privately financed recreational programs for "at-risk" minority children.
The comic is a "lifelong Democrat" but admits that his party has "been so embarassed" by McGreevey's disclosure of a gay affair, believed to be with former aide Golan Cipel.
"My heart goes out to Jim and his family," says Piscopo, who got to know them over the years. "Frankly, everybody knew [he was gay]. But I figured, 'What's the big deal? He and [his wife] Dina have an understanding.' I thought he was doing a good job."
But he can't overlook his giving Cipel a $110,000 job as homeland security adviser "when he wasn't qualified. It was really dangerous."
Piscopo says his wife, Kimberly, has threatened divorce if he runs for office but admits he's "listening" to would-be backers.
"We have to stop the special interests," says the Passaic-born entertainer, taking a page from the Schwarzenegger playbook. "We have the highest property taxes in the nation. We're not getting enough back."
Though he concedes that Democratic Sen. Jon Corzine would be better qualified for the job, he says, "the career politicians are killing us."
"I'm such a Jersey guy," he says. "We're so disrespected. It's time someone stepped in. So out of love, I might try it - as a fun run!"
"I am so honored to receive the news that I have been selected to received the revered "Ellis Island Medal of Honor." I would like to thank The National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations for this prestigious recognition.
Special thanks to dear friend, Vic Richel for nominating me for this Ellis Island Medal of Honor!
If you've never been to Ellis Island, you must go! It is always a thrill for me when I see the names of my grandparents engraved right there where they first came to America.
I only wish my father could be here to see it...it is he who instilled in me the great ethnic pride that makes me such a proud American. An Italian American."
Joe has been touring the country with his own original Big Band tribute to Frank Sinatra, as well as his multi-media comedy show. Fans of all ages have been discovering Joe's vast musical talents. In addition to his 'Sinatra style' vocals, this unique show features Joe on the drums, piano and saxophone. Video clips of his performance coming soon.
Sloppy Joes: Keep an eye out for Joe's latest Ragu TV commercial with Joe Theisman, Joe Fraiser, and Joe Millionaire (Evan Marriott). As you may have guessed by now, the four are promoting Ragu's new 'Sloppy Joe' recipe.
Joe has also been actively promoting and raising money for the Positive Impact Foundation. Joe is the Founder and Chairman of this non-profit organization that helps 'at risk' children in New Jersey. For more information, go to: www.positiveimpactfoundation.org