John Pinette – “I Don’t Do Ups”
John Pinette was of Italian and French ancestry.
Very simply John Pinette really cracks us up. Hope you get a good laugh from this. You know they say Laughter is the best medicine.
John Pinette was born in Boston, Massachusetts, on March 23, 1964, and graduated from Malden Catholic High School in 1982. He was a practicing Catholic. He graduated from the University of Massachusetts Lowell in 1986 with a degree in accounting. He started a six-month career in accounting but, on the advice of friends, left to pursue a career in comedy.
John Pinette got a break when asked to tour with Frank Sinatra. He was a regular guest on The Tonight Show and The View.
John Pinette was in the films Duets, Simon Sez, The Last Godfather, Dear God, and Junior. He was a regular on the series Parker Lewis Can’t Lose and, in 1998, starred as the carjacking victim in the final episode of Seinfeld. In 2004, Pinette was Bumpo in Artisan Entertainment’s The Punisher, starring Thomas Jane and John Travolta.
John Pinette was named Stand-Up Comedian of the Year by the American Comedy Awards in 1999 and received a Gemini Award nomination for his televised performance at Montreal’s Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in 2000. At the time of his death, he still held the record for the highest-selling one-person show in the history of Just for Laughs.
In 2004, John Pinette joined the touring cast of the musical Hairspray in the role of Edna Turnblad. He later went on to the Broadway production in 2005, and continued in the role until May 28, 2006. In his 2006 concert I’m Starvin’, he said it was the first musical theater production he had been in since high school.
In 2004, Pinette’s stand-up material was featured in Comedy Central’s animated series Shorties Watchin’ Shorties. In 2007, John Pinette performed at the 42nd annual Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon. He performed at the Edinburgh Comedy Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 2008, and toured in cities in 2010 beginning in April. During this tour, John Pinette recorded a Comedy Central special titled John Pinette: Still Hungry. The taping took place at the Vic Theatre in Chicago. The world premiere of Still Hungry was on July 29, 2011, on Comedy Central.
John Pinette was a host of the E4 Laughs at Edinburgh podcasts, showcasing comedians from the Edinburgh Festival in 2008.
In 2012, Pinette was one of the comedy acts in Ron White’s Comedy Salute to the Troops on CMT.
He was the host of All You Can Eat, a TV series taking a humorous look at American cuisine. The show debuted on the H2 network in the United States in late June 2013.
John Paul Pinette (March 23, 1964 – April 5, 2014) was an American actor, Broadway performer, and stand-up comedian. He toured the comedy club circuit beginning in the 1980s and appeared in cinema and on television. Besides stand-up, John Pinette did impressions of The Chipmunks, Elvis Presley, Gollum from The Lord of the Rings, Hervé Villechaize (Tattoo from Fantasy Island), an Ewok, actor Marlon Brando (notably Brando’s role in The Godfather), as well as various ethnic accents. He occasionally sang, for example “Over the Rainbow” from The Wizard of Oz, and “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina,” in his stand-up routines.
Pinette was pronounced dead at 2:30 p.m. on April 5, 2014, at the Sheraton Station Square Hotel in Pittsburgh. The Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s office said John Pinette had been suffering from liver and heart disease. An autopsy was not performed, as Pinette’s personal doctor signed off on his cause of death as pulmonary embolism.
John Pinette’s funeral services were held near his home in Springfield, Pennsylvania.
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