Judging and Judy: A Q&A with Actor/Comic Mario Cantone

Even though he may not like our first few questions, we can’t think of a bad thing to say about Mario Cantone.

Simply put, he’s one of the best comics around, serving up big laughs with well-paced stories, hilarious songs, spot-on impressions and loads of energy.

His adult-oriented bit, “Jim Morrison Christmas Special,” is one of our faves.

If you’re a fan like us — enjoying his work on stage or on re-runs of Sex and the City — you’re in for a treat.

Mario has given NewsWhistle an interview that doesn’t disappoint.

Without further ado . . .


The NewsWhistle Q&A with Mario Cantone

Name: Mario Cantone
Date of Interview: 8/21/13
Age (if you want to give it up): 53
Birthplace: Stoneham, MA
Current town: New York, NY
Occupation: Actor & Comedian

1. What’s the funniest or saddest thing that’s happened to you this week?

The saddest thing… that’s very personal aka none of your business!  But honestly, the fact that I can’t watch ‘Under the Dome’ on CBS due to the Time Warner duel, is really sad. Oh, and that the Ray Donovan show on Showtime was dropped!

The funniest thing this week… Nothing!  I’m a comedian, I don’t laugh.

2. What’s your favorite movie? And why?

Favorite movie- in the world, ever?!  I have a million, that’s like asking me who my favorite kid is – and I don’t have any!

This week I would have to go with Gone with the Wind; too racist or is it that I’m really gay?!

3. What’s the biggest risk you took in life?

Really, who’s asking these questions – who wrote this sh*t?!  For me, the biggest risks have been saying no to everything I don’t really want to do.

4. If you could go back in time and do one thing over, what would that be?

Hmmm.. Going back in time?  I would have to say like girls!  Or try to enjoy them, at least.

5. Tell us your favorite joke:

Favorite joke or impression that I do is Judy Garland, hands down.  I know it might sound very cliché, but I love her, and my audience loves when I do her, because I make her funny.  That’s what everyone knows about her or at least how they say she was!  I have the ability to present her as her best and not when she was at her worst!

6. What’s something that most people don’t know about you?

That I love to bake!  At least every other day.  I’m so bored that I bake to pass the time!

7. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever heard?

Stay in the closet!

8. Who’s your favorite celebrity? And why?

I really like Josh Gad from The Book of Mormon. Just saw the Steve Jobs movie and thought he did a brilliant job playing Steve Wozniak.

9. What’s your strangest phobia or superstition?

One of my biggest phobias – I still hate to fly. I do it, but I can’t stand it!  I try to deny the fact that I’m in a hypodermic needle 33,000 feet in the air.

10. Last, but not least, is there anything you want to pitch, promote or discuss?

Lots of great things on the horizon for September!  I am so excited to be judging the Miss America Pageant for the first time in Atlantic City on September 15th!  It’s going to be a great experience.

On September 20th, I am hosting and headlining the Woodstock Comedy Festival, which is great organization that promotes comedy for a cause.

I am also doing the Gotham Comedy Club on September 27th, 28th and 29th.  Busy, busy!

All information can be found on my website –

I Tweet (or Twat) now too – @macantone

11. Oh, and some bonus curve questions . . . Other than yourself, who are your top three to five favorite comics/comedians/comediennes of all time? And why?

Right now- Artie Lange!  He is fantastic.  I also enjoy Colin Quinn, who is also a lot of fun.  And, I can’t forget Joy Behar – one of the women that I love!  I’m going to miss her at The View!

Growing up, I have always admired Steve Martin, Lily Tomlin and Robert Klein. Because of them, I wanted to become a comedian and be a part of “the business.”

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