If there’s one thing that you learned about Sebastian Maniscalco during his hour-long “Why Would You Do That?” show at Borgata’s Event Center, it’s this: don’t approach him at a gas station after midnight.
And forget about catching him inside a mini-mart after dark. He’s petrified!
Those are some of the many idiosyncrasies that the wildly popular comedian explored during his six sold-out performances at the resort during the weekend of January 13 through the 15. Best known for his Showtime and Comedy Central specials and his appearances on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Late Night with Seth Meyers, and Conan, Maniscalco held back no punches, including at himself.
Sure, he may look and sound like an Italian tough guy, but Maniscalco made fun of his own insecurities. From his traumatic experience at a Turkish bath to his dislike of Home Depot to his fear of gas stations after dark (he’s petrified), the comedian had no problem being the front and center of most of his jokes.
The key word here is “most.” To be honest, no one was safe, including members of Maniscalco’s own family. In fact, much of the set had to do with his loved ones, and the soon-to-be father spent much time talking bout the differences between his family and his in-laws. A perfect example? One of his 7-year-old nephews on his wife’s side recently slapped him. The response from the kid’s parents? “Oh, he’s going through a slapping stage.” What would Maniscalco’s father do if one of his children slapped an adult? Put a black plastic bag over the kid’s face, seal it shut, and dump him at an undisclosed location.
Maniscalco’s physical comedy is clearly king. The audience roared as he made fun of couples who get professional maternity photos staged: he got down on his knees and pretended to kiss a pregnant belly while balancing on one foot. His impression of a pompous man he met at a rich East Hampton party also caused quite a few chuckles.
In fact, the whole night of humor left Borgata audiences in high spirits. Who wouldn’t be in a good mood after hearing a comedian brag that he gets Botox injected into his armpits to prevent sweating, only to now have an extraordinary amount of sweat come out of his groin?