Dom Irrera: Veteran comic brings the funny
Dom Irrera has been known to poke fun at people with his comedy, but includes himself in the mix. For example, he says he’s gaining weight for a new movie, but doesn’t know what movie it will be. Also, he recently Tweeted, “Not that I’m a dimwit, I’m back on Twitter because somebody showed me how to open the app.”
Known for his colorful characters and voices, the veteran comedian will bring his stand-up to The Stress Factory in Bridgeport on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 12 and 13. Irrera was seen this summer on Comedy Central’s “Roast of Bruce Willis,” and has appeared everywhere from films to late-night television, even on shows including “The View” and “Oprah.”
The Philadelphia native grew up in a multigenerational Italian household. There were lots of family members all under one roof. That’s where he honed his talents. (His great-grandmother lived across the street.)
Irrera got his first big break when he performed on Rodney Dangerfield’s “Nothing Goes Right” comedy specials for HBO. He had his own award-winning HBO special, called “One Night Stand,” and later hosted the Showtime series, “Full Frontal Comedy.”
The entertainer has guest-starred on such shows as “Everybody Loves Raymond” and “King of Queens.” On “Seinfeld” he played an annoying prop comic who was needling the show’s star.
He’s also known for his voice-over work. Irerra voiced Ernie, the demolitions expert ,on Nickelodeon’s “Hey Arnold,” and Duke The Dog, in “Barnyard.” In addition, he has performed at comedy events around the globe, including the Melbourne Comedy Festival in Australia.
The Stress Factory, 167 State St., Bridgeport. Friday, Oct. 12 and Saturday, Oct. 13. 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. $22 general admission, $42 VIP. First-come, first-served seating with general admission. Reserved seating VIP, plus strawberries and Champagne. Doors open 5 p.m. Must be 16 or older. 203-576-HAHA (4242), stressfactory.com