In this corner, weighing in at 165 pounds the current middle weight comedy champion: Catskills on Broadway’s own: Dick Capri. And in that corner, weighing in at quite a bit more, the current heavy weight comedy contender: My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish & I’m in Therapy’s own: Steve Solomon. This will be a two round bout of pure hilarity with some of the best stand-up comedy you’ve heard in years. So brace yourself for a no-holds barred contest of belly laughs brought to you by two of Broadway’s best award winning comedians.
In a unanimous decision it’s you, the audience who will walk away the winners.
A native of Brooklyn, Steve grew up in the multi-ethnic neighborhood of Sheepshead Bay. This was the perfect training ground for a dialectician and comedian. Steve learned at an early age how to use his gift for imitating accents to his advantage. He also realized that he was a prolific writer of jokes and stories; real jokes. He submitted dozens of his stories to periodicals, friends and stand up comics he knew in the business. With the coming of the internet and e-mail, Steve now had an outlet for much of his comedy writings. One e-mail full of his jokes became ten, ten became hundreds, soon thousands of fellow e-mailers were enjoying Steve’s humor; and so it went for over twenty years. To this day, Steve receives e-mail versions of his own jokes from all over the world. So, if some of the hilarious stories you hear “ring” familiar; trust me, they’re probably Steve’s. Using humor, dialects and sound effects in teaching, Steve was real life version of Gabe Kaplan’s “Welcome Back Kotter.” Eventually, Steve became a Physics teacher and an assistant superintendent of schools on Long Island, New York.
He left his academic career behind and turned his attention to his latent love of making people laugh. As Steve puts it, “I decided to follow my heart and become an impoverished comedy writer and performer.” Steve’s show, the three-time award winning: My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish and I’m In Therapy has met with rave reviews to sold out crowds throughout the country and became one of the longest running one-man comedy shows in history having been performed over 5000 times to almost three quarters of a million people. There are now three “Steves” performing his original show around the country.
Steve has written three additional sequels to his original hit: My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish and I’m STILL in Therapy and his hilarious holiday show; My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish and I’m Home for the Holidays! Steve’s shows are currently touring the United States, Canada, and South Africa and have received critical acclaim including winning The Connecticut Critics Circle Award, The San Francisco Drama Desk nomination, Broadway.com “Best new off-Broadway play. Steve’s latest creation, Cannoli, Latkes & Guilt... the therapy continues, became a hit in its own right. One note: All the voices you’ll hear in the show tonight are Steve’s.
Dick Capri has taken the comedy world by storm and has left millions laughing in his comedic wake. In a career that has spanned two continents he has played every major entertainment medium including nightclubs, resorts, arenas and theaters. Capri has even plied his trade on the Broadway stage and on national television. He has worked with such major stars as Tom Jones, Liza Minnellli and Frank Sinatra.
Capri broke into international prominence in 1973 when he toured with Englebert Humperdinck. He honed his comedy craft performing at such venues as Radio City Music Hall and the Minskoff Theater in New York, as well as in major resorts in Las Vegas and the Palladium in London. While in England he also performed on television special broadcast over the BBC.
Capri made his Broadway debut in 1991 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theater, co-starring in the critically acclaimed Catskills On Broadway. The show played to sold-out houses for 14 months and later toured nationally, leaving audiences roaring with laughter night after night.
Capri has made several appearances on national television. He is part of Central’s highest-rated special, the comedically-acclaimed New York Friars Roast In Honor Of Drew Carey. He also has had the privilege of performing for Presidents Gerald Ford and George Bush.
When not touring or making television appearances, Dick Capri can often be found doing what he does best-making people laugh-at the top Hotels in Atlantic City, Vegas, Reno, Tahoe and more. Capri writes most of his own material, much of it based on his own experiences from his travels. His unique style features a measured and deliberate delivery and his material is crisp and topical. This mix of comedy sets him distinctly apart from traditional stand-up comedians.
Born Richard Crupi in reading, Pennsylvania, Capri started his show business career, believe it or not, as a clerk in his father’s grocery store-doing comedy mimes of the customers. When he ran out of characters there, he left the store to become a full-fledged impressionist and developed the unique comedic style that has become his trademark. -Enjoy!