About Pete Correale
How did stand-up comic Pete Correale become one of Entertainment Weekly's Top 10 comics to watch? How is he already starring in his own one-hour Comedy Central special? His secret to success was and remains "plugging away every night" at comedy clubs across the nation and even when he is home from touring in New York City. The laughs Correale finds in his life experiences was enjoyed when he appeared on the Late Night with David Letterman and on his own Comedy Central show, The Things We Do for Love. But once Correale spent an evening at a comedy club in New York City, "I knew that was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life," he recalls. He started hitting every comedy open mike in Manhattan. One night at the New York Comedy Club, the owner asked him to substitute for the MC who had to leave in the middle of the show. "The next day he told me he needed someone to cook and clean there, and then I could go on at the end of every show. For a year and a half, my family and friends didn't see me. I would do my day job at the front desk if a hotel, come home, take a quick nap, and go the club. I'd sit in the back, writing, watching guys, and learning."Correale eventually became a regular at The Comedy Cellar in New York City and started doing college shows. Invited to do a five-minute set the New Faces showcase at the Just For Laughs festival in Montreal, he caught the attention of the comedy industry and landed an agent and a deal with NBC. Another big break was his first appearance on "The Tonight Show," which led to guest spots on "Late Night" and "Last Call." He has since appeared at major comedy festivals across North America and in England and Ireland, and just returned from headlining the first-ever Beirut Stand Up Comedy Festival in Lebanon. Correale also co-hosted the Sirius satellite radio show "Breuer Unleashed" with former "Saturday Night Live" star Jim Breuer for four years, and can currently be seen on the Jameson Comedy Tour.Another way Correale keeps his eye for the humor in everyday life sharp is by blogging on his website (www.petecorreale.com). His latest posts on the "Things That Annoy Me" spotlights the quandaries and absurdities he encounters that often spark his jokes. Other recent blogs spotlight a memorable night at The Comedy Cellar, a neighbor filching his laundry detergent, and "Skiing: why do we bother?" (In his case, as with much of his comedy, it's "The Things We Do for Love").