"I talk about food," says actor/comedian John Pinette of his stand-up act. "Not so much because Im a big guy, I think its the perfect common ground everybody eats!"
With a body like Pavarotti and a singing voice like Tiny Tim, John began his comedy career doing vocal caricatures of celebrities such as Robin Leach, and the Chipmunks singing Jon Bon Jovi.
After graduating from the University if Lowell, Massachusetts, John became an accountant, achieving his familys version of the All-American Dream which soon became his All-American Nightmare. "I denied my comic thing there for a while," he said. "I always make people laugh, but my family said thats not the real world; I had to put on a suit and tie and be serious. After six months of accounting, I was like a canned postal worker. I said somethings got to give." Nicks Comedy Stop, one of Bostons best-known comedy clubs, has an open mike night. Pinette gave stand-up a shot; within a year, he was a headliner.
John moved to Los Angeles and honed his skills on "Carolines Comedy Hour," "Showtime Comedy All-Stars" and "An Evening at the Improv." He has opened for Frank Sinatra, The Pointer Sisters, Miami Sound Machine, Terence Trent DArby, Howie Mandel, Ray Charles and Michael Bolton.
His success has led to numerous television and film appearances, the most notable being the athletic director who owned a diner on Foxs "Parker Lewis." "I got to do some of the best work acting-wise," Pinette says. "Parker Lewis gave me a chance to just do things that I wouldnt have been able to do."
Straying from the obvious typecasting, John has appeared in films such as "Reckless Kelly" and the TV flicks "Revenge of the Nerds lV" and "Thanksgiving Day." He was the referee on the syndicated series "Grudge Match," and he also shared a scene with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito in "Junior." John was also featured in the Garry Marshall-directed comedy "Dear God," starring Greg Kinnear.
"I love to entertain people, and it sure beats being an accountant. I wont even talk to my accountant. I get Nam-like flashbacks from accountants. Some people had to deal with napalm. I had to deal with White-Out."