This week, Ira Sternberg spoke with Vinnie Favorito.
Most of stand-up veteran Vinnie Favorito’s comedy comes from his finely honed ability to think on his feet. Scripted material just isn’t a priority for this Boston-born comic who earned his stripes at the Improv and the Comedy Store in Los Angeles.
On his second stage appearance ever, Favorito won a Top 40 Star Search Competition, simply on the strength of his natural wit and more than two decades after his debut, the comedian has been headlining in Vegas since 2003.
He typically begins his routine with a monologue, not unusual in the stand-up world. But it gets progressively more interesting from there as the comic then focuses on the audience, targeting many of its members. The fun element with Favorito comes not just from his insults, but because he mixes them in with observations on current events.
Favorito has appeared on the “Best Damn Sports Show Period,” “The Late Late Show” with Craig Kilborn and a variety of Comedy Central shows. He’s been performing on television and in comedy clubs for more than 20 years.