Monday, April 27, 2015

Rick Mariano: Councilman, felon...and now stand-up comic?

City Councilman...convicted felon...stand-up comedian? That's the career path former Councilman Rick Mariano is shooting for as he tries to mine his time in City Hall and federal prison for chuckles.

Rick Mariano: Councilman, felon...and now stand-up comic?

City Councilman...convicted felon...stand-up comedian?  That's the career path former Councilman Rick Mariano is shooting for as he tries to mine his time in City Hall and federal prison for chuckles.

Mariano tells us he will appear at 7:40 a.m. tomorrow on John DeBella's show on WMGK, 102.9 FM to try his hand at about a minute of stand-up.  It's part of the 5th Annual DeBella Comedy Competition.

"Ten years in Council. Five years in prison. It gives you a lot of material for comedy," Mariano told us by phone today from the construction site where he is currently working.  "Oh, I got great stuff."

Mariano, who was sentenced to six years in prison for a 2006 bribery conviction, was released in October.  He says his name got him through the door for DeBella's show. His jokes will have to help him stay there.

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A sample:  Mariano riffs about learning to use Facebook and Internet dating since his wife left him after he got out of prison.  His latest lady friend broke up with him via Facebook. "The reason she broke up with me? My ankle bracelet scratched her knee."

Mariano is also lobbying for Daily News columnist Stu Bykofsky to let him perform at his 21st Annual Candidates Comedy Night, an Aug. 18 fund-raiser for the Variety Club of Philadelphia.  Bykofsky has taken Mariano's request under advisement.

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William Bender, a Drexel graduate who landed at the Daily News in 2007, has covered everything from South Philly mobsters to doomsday hucksters. He occasionally writes about local food trucks and always eats everything on his plate, whether it be a bloody rib eye or a corrupt politician. E-mail tips to benderw@phillynews.com
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David Gambacorta, has been a reporter with the Daily News since 2005, covering crime, police corruption and all of the other bizarre things that happen in Philadelphia. Now he’s covering the 2015 mayor’s race, because he enjoys a good circus just as much as the next guy. He’s always looking to get a cup of coffee. Send news tips and other musings on life to gambacd@phillynews.com
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