More Mario Cantone Bios & Profiles
Biography #2 (for Sex and the City)An accomplished stage actor, on Broadway, Cantone played the role of Buzz in Terrence McNally's award winning dramatic comedy, Love! Valor! Compassion!. For the Public Theater on Broadway, Cantone played Stephano in Shakespeare's The Tempest. Off Broadway in Shakespeare in the Park, he played Grumio in Taming of the Shrew. Also Off Broadway he was Terry in the original cast of The Crumple Zone and Benny in June Moon.
Sex and the City fans get a taste of Cantone's irreverence as a stand-up comedian who has performed a wide range of venue from warming up jazz great Shirley Bassey at Carnegie Hall to performances at Atlantic City Resorts and Caroline's on Broadway. Peter Marks of The New York Times wrote, "In the realm of outrageously, joyful stand-up, there is the shrieking, wind-up toy sensibility of Mario Cantone, a comedian of extravagant tantrums and extravagant gifts...he is a proponent of the comedy of outrage."
Cantone had a limited engagement on Broadway at New York's American Airlines Theater in his one man show, An Evening with Mario Cantone directed by Joe Mantello.
On Comedy Central, Cantones performances are featured on The USO Comedy Tour, Chappelle's Show, Premium Blend, as well as his own special Comedy Central Presents Mario Cantone. Over the years his routines have included musical parodies of Judy Garland, Jim Morrison, Peggy Lee and Liza Minnelli.
About his own one man show the comedian has said "No, I'm not going to come out in a white shirt and leggings and miss the last note of 'Ladies Who Lunch' a few times," he said, referring to Elaine Stritch's solo act. Instead, he said, "Everybody thinks 'Well, you need a theme' [or] 'you should have a play.' It's not a play. Dame Edna didn't have a play, she had no theme at all and she was hysterical."
Cantone got his start hosting the local New York children's show, Steampipe Alley, where the comic slipped in sly pop culture innuendo that adults could enjoy. His other television credits include appearances on Late Night with David Letterman, The Rosie O'Donnell Show, and NBC's Ed. The actor was also featured in the films Quiz Show and Mousetrap.
Bio courtesy HBO for "Sex and the City" (11-Nov-2003)