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About Dom Irrera

Nominated, six times for an American Comedy Award, Dom Irrera's stand-up material was honed in a multi-generational Italian household in South Philadelphia with his mother, sister, grandmother, uncles and cousins all under one very big roof. A great-grandmother even lived across the street. Together there were three floors and four generations of family.

His first big break was his performance on Rodney Dangerfield's "Nothing Goes Right" comedy specials for HBO. In 1989 Irrera's own HBO "One Night Stand" earned him his first CableACE award for Best Stand-Up Comedy Special. In 1995 he won a second CableACE for the Showtime stand-up series he hosted, "Full Frontal Comedy." That same year he received a second CableACE nomination in the writing category for his work on Comedy Central's animated series, "Dr. Katz: Professional Therapist." He also starred in a solo stand-up special for HBO in 1992 titled "Command Performance."

He has performed on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," "The Late... Read More »

Nominated, six times for an American Comedy Award, Dom Irrera's stand-up material was honed in a multi-generational Italian household in South Philadelphia with his mother, sister, grandmother, uncles and cousins all under one very big roof. A great-grandmother even lived across the street. Together there were three floors and four generations of family.

His first big break was his performance on Rodney Dangerfield's "Nothing Goes Right" comedy specials for HBO. In 1989 Irrera's own HBO "One Night Stand" earned him his first CableACE award for Best Stand-Up Comedy Special. In 1995 he won a second CableACE for the Showtime stand-up series he hosted, "Full Frontal Comedy." That same year he received a second CableACE nomination in the writing category for his work on Comedy Central's animated series, "Dr. Katz: Professional Therapist." He also starred in a solo stand-up special for HBO in 1992 titled "Command Performance."

He has performed on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," "The Late Show with David Letterman," "Late Night with Conan O'Brien," "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart," "The View" and has made several appearances on "The Oprah Show." Recent credits include an all-new stand-up special titled "Comedy Central Presents."

As an avid sports fan, he hosted four seasons of Comedy Central's irreverent football show, "Offsides," where he conducted hilarious on-the-field interviews with football greats. He also hosted Comedy Central's "Behind the Scenes at the American Comedy Awards" in 1998 and 1999.

Irrera was a series regular on the Fox comedy "Damon" starring Damon Wayans and his guest-star credits include "Seinfeld" (he played an annoying prop comic needling Jerry), "Becker," "Everybody Loves Raymond" and "King of Queens." In addition, Dom voiced the character Ernie, the demolitions expert, on Nickelodeon's "Hey Arnold."

His film work includes a featured role in Robert Townsend's "Hollywood Shuffle," a cameo in the Coen Brothers film, "The Big Lebowski," "The Fourth Tenor," starring old pal Rodney Dangerfield and he played himself in the Rodney Dangerfield/Dom De Luise film, "The Godson."

Dom has performed at Montreal's prestigious Just For Laughs Festival and the Cat Laughs Festival in Kilkenny, Ireland (he's made more appearances at both festivals than any other American comic). He also has performed at the Melbourne Comedy Festival in Australia and at Edinburgh Festival's Assembly Hall. It was there that he received the "Herald Award" for artistic excellence.