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It's All Fun and Games With John Pinette
by: Michael Varma
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Pinette has acted alongside celebrities like John Travolta.
Pinette has acted alongside celebrities like John Travolta.

Comedian John Pinette fed a family style meal of laughter to South Orange County residents during a New Year’s weekend engagement at the Irvine Improv. Pinette’s stories from his real life experiences and excerpts from his comedy DVDs, Show Me the Buffet and I’m Starvin’, kept folks in stitches.

Best known for his food-based humor, the larger than life cuddly comic included a variety of noteworthy impressions throughout his performance. He voices The Chipmunks, Ewoks (from Star Wars), Hervé Villechaize (Tattoo from Fantasy Island), Gollum from The Lord of the Rings, and even Elvis Presley, a repertoire which helped him win him Stand-Up Comedian of the Year by the American Comedy Awards in 1999.

The ‘big man’ of stand-up brought belly laughs to the audience from his latest tour I Still Say ‘Nay Nay,’ an encore to his previous tour, I Say ‘Nay Nay,’ with intrepid tales of “friends” who encourage him to try something “fun”…like parasailing. Self-described as the whale from Free Willy in a Speedo, Pinette believes everyone can agree “nay” means “nay.”

Pinette has entertained audiences around the world for more than fifteen years and enjoys making people laugh. When asked to describe his brand of stand-up, he said, "I talk about my life, it is the funniest thing I can think of. For some reason, people enjoy seeing me lose my cherub-like demeanor."

Shortly after starting to perform in the comedy club circuit, he was asked to tour with Frank Sinatra, which led to television appearances on The Tonight Show and The View and eventually the movies. He was a series regular on the hit series Parker Lewis Can't Lose, and starred as the car-jack victim in the final episode of Seinfeld.

His comedic talents have graced the silver screen in movies like Duets, Junior, and The Punisher starring Gwenyth Paltrow, Arnold Schwarzeneger, and John Travolta respectively.


Michael Varma is a freelance writer, professional magician for more than 20 years, and an award-winning distinguished Toastmaster and knows what it takes to entertain an audience. Varma is a published author of educational puzzle books and games and frequently performs at the Magic Castle in Hollywood, Calif.
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