Before the show begins, four comedians reconnect in the Green Room, laughing as they converse with one another. The conversation is more like a routine, and every sentence a joke meant to amuse the others. The atmosphere is crackling – and hints at a lively night ahead. Italian Canadian Club President Tony Leone notes the sold-out show, and rightly predicts a great night of laughs enjoyed by family and friends.
The Italian Canadian Comedy Night hosted by the ICCM is the first of its kind in Milton. The Italian Canadian Club of Milton first connected with “Giuseppe the MC” – whose talent as a Master of Ceremonies has seamlessly melded into a successful comedic career. On this evening, he acted as host on behalf of the ICCM, interjecting with his own entertaining stories of a strict Italian upbringing.
The other comedians in the line-up included Marc-Anthony Sinagoga, Eric Johnston, and feature performer Frank Spadone. Hailing respectively from both the Toronto and Hamilton areas, all four comedians had both Italians and non-Italians roaring with laughter from beginning to end. The humour was heavily focused on family, with reverent and hilarious tales of Italian matriarchy. Spadone’s material also included “reasons kids wake you up at night,” “more realistic online dating questions,” and “how girls playing with dolls is actually practice for how they eventually puppeteer their husbands.”
ICCM Past President Angelo Posteraro commented on this first iteration of the event: “It’s exciting and slightly unnerving. It was a bit of a risk as we have never done this before but we wanted to bring Italian culture to the community, and support Halton Women’s Place.” Tickets to the show were $65 and a portion of each sale was donated to the Women’s Place, which is commemorating its 40th year in 2018.
The vibe is jovial as attendees with drinks milled about with anticipation before the doors opened. Paul and Sabrina Smith, who heard about the event through the Milton Orthotic & Wellness Centre Facebook page, had left all five teenagers at home to enjoy a date night. Paul Smith was hopeful he would leave with some new material for future family dinners.
Photos by: Suresh Padia