Bonus Unmasked: An Hour With Sal Vulcano!!


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“What kept me going is, I am in love with comedy. That’s it.  I’ve never not been happy in any phase of my comedy career, because I love doing it. If the show ends tomorrow, if I was never successful, I would do it for free. I will do it till the day I die, like Don Rickles, who is one of my idols.”


Every Tuesday for the past few months, we have been releasing one of our favorite episodes of ’s epic interview series Unmasked from the archives. Our picks have come from different years in Unmasked’s 11 year history, as recent as 2016 and as far back as 2009 and the hours we’ve released include , Ali Wong, , , Bert Kreischer, Patrice O’Neal and more.

Today, we released a rare, brand new, just recorded Unmasked episode with one of our favorite New York comics right now- Sal Vulcano.  Sal is absolutely amazing- funny, interesting, and one of the most liked performers in the business. Sal is experiencing a rare moment right now. His fame skyrocketed with truTV’s Impractical Jokers. They’re famous worldwide, they’ve sold out arenas in Europe, they’ve had to add dates at Radio City Music Hall, they sell out cruises– they have created a small and mighty empire with their unique take on the classic prank show.

It might seem easy to dismiss their story as a fluke, or lucky, because they make what they do look so fun and easy like a bunch of buddies hanging out. But their story is incredibly interesting, and the climb to where Sal is right now was not easy or quick by any stretch. And it would be easy to just enjoy the ride he’s on, but Sal has spent his time when he’s not working on Impractical Jokers or touring with The Tenderloins by working at his solo stand up career.

In this episode, Sal has a seemingly bottomless list of  amazing stories and the hour flies by as he talks about the comedians he loved growing up as a kid on Staten Island, (Eddie Murphy, , Andy Kaufman to name a few), performing at family dinners, but being too nervous to actually go up on stage; he reveals who was the first person he ever did an impression of, and he has a great story about the first time he ever cursed (it was in high school!). Of course, he also goes into detail while sharing stories about deciding to do improv comedy, his earliest days doing comedy with his buddies before they got on stage for the first time, the failures that came first, the origins of Impractical Jokers, how the series got its name (and the really bad alternate names). And find out what it took before Sal finally quit his day job.

If you know Sal, you love him, and you will adore his stories.  If you haven’t been following his incredible career so far, this is the perfect introduction to Sal, and a great way to find out why everyone loves him.

This hour of Unmasked was recorded in Austin, Texas, at the historic Velveeta Room, in front of a completely sold-out, standing room only, people peeking in the door screaming, crowd of fans.

The Unmasked series which began in 2008 with a brilliant hour with Patrice O’Neal, has taped nearly 200 episodes since, documenting the careers of the most interesting comedy writers, directors, filmmakers, actors, screenwriters, satirists, political comedians, comedic musicians and of course, stand up comedians in the business. It is a veritable archive of the greatest comedy of our time. Past Unmasked guests have included , , , , , , , Jim Jefferies, , , Louis C.K., ,  and over 150 more comedy greats.

Enjoy.

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1 Comment

  1. Drew

    May 12, 2017 at 4:36 pm

    The Listen Here works for this one.

    Please fix the Bamford one.

    Thanks