Joe Piscopo

Former Saturday Night Live Personality. Currently hosts Piscopo In The Morning on AM 970 The Answer in New York City. In Conjunction with Joe Piscopo.


Joe Piscopo is an American comedian, actor, musical entertainer and a nationally syndicated radio talk show host best known for his work on Saturday Night Live in the 1980s where he played a variety of recurring characters. As of February 2017, Piscopo, was considering running as an independent for Governor of New Jersey in the 2017 gubernatorial election. However, in April he decided not to do so.

Saturday Night Live

In the summer of 1980, Piscopo was hired as a contract player for Saturday Night Live. The show had gone through major upheaval when all the writers, major producers, and cast members left that spring. The all-new cast bombed with critics and fans, with the exception of Piscopo and Eddie Murphy; thus they were the only two cast members to be kept when Dick Ebersol took over the show the following spring. With the success of SNL, Piscopo moved to the wealthy borough of Alpine, New Jersey. Piscopo was best known for his impressions of celebrities such as Frank Sinatra, although he feared for his life due to Sinatra's alleged Mafia ties. Piscopo rewrote the lyrics for a Sinatra sketch with the help of Sinatra lyricist Sammy Cahn, and recalled that "by the grace of God, the old man loved it."

Post Saturday Night Live

Piscopo left Saturday Night Live at the end of the 1983-84 season. In 1984, he starred in a special for HBO and released a book for Pocket Books called The Piscopo Tapes. An album, New Jersey, for Columbia Records followed in 1985 and an ABC special called "The Joe Piscopo New Jersey Special" in May 1986. Since January 2014 he has hosted Piscopo In The Morning with Al Gattullo, Frank Morano, and Debbie DuHaime from 6:00 to 10:00 AM, Monday through Friday on AM 970 The Answer (WNYM) in New York City.

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