[COMPLETED] June 13th: Sam Tripoli – The Late Late Show w/ Craig Ferguson – Comics Unleashed – Showtime
Tripoli is known for his wild style, aversion to political correctness, libertarian views, and desire to be a crimefighter. His goal is to bring the rock and roll and party element back to comedy, and his message is “believe in yourself”.
Tripoli has said that performing and the desire to make people laugh has been in his blood since age two, and he began doing stand-up comedy in Las Vegas one night on a dare. He was soon performing in casinos with Mutiny, an improv troupe he co-founded, as well as hosting his own weekly shows on the strip.
In 2000, Tripoli moved to Los Angeles. His first break came while working the door at The Comedy Store. Owner Mitzi Shore decided to put together a Middle Eastern themed show called “Arabian Knights” and Tripoli’s Armenian descent got him on the bill. He was one of only two comedians at The Comedy Store to do their first set as a paid regular in The Main Room – the other was Roseanne Barr.
In 2006, friend and fellow comedian Steve Byrne brought him along to an audition for Spike TV, which resulted in Tripoli getting cast as a co-host on the network’s Wild World of Spike.
Tripoli was chosen as a finalist in 2008’s “Who Wants to be Howard Stern” contest, and his demo was played on-air.
Tripoli is currently performs throughout Los Angeles. “Crimefighter” was the title of his debut comedy album and a frequent theme in his act. He has toured as part of The Monsters of Comedy, Rock Stars of Comedy and a USO Tour of Afghanistan organized by Vince Vaughn.
Tripoli created The Naughty Show, which is both a live comedy variety show and a weekly podcast on the DEATHSQUAD network. Both shows incorporate comedians, adult film stars, characters and videos. He is also a frequent guest on The Joe Rogan Experience and Ice House Chronicles.