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Comedian Sebastian Maniscalco performs at Sands Bethlehem Event Center on April 1

Comedian Sebastian Maniscalco performs at Sands Bethlehem Event Center on April 1
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From a press release:

Saying what we’re all thinking has always been Sebastian Maniscalco‘s specialty. Except when he says it, it’s a whole lot funnier.

The comic distinguished by The New York Times as possessing his “own kind of panache” has announced that his new 2016 “Aren’t You Embarrassed? Tour” is coming to the Sands Bethlehem Event Center on Friday, April 1, 2016 at 8 p.m., immediately after selling out all shows at the Beacon Theatre in New York City on May 6-7.

Tickets, which are $35-$55, go on sale this Friday, Nov. 20 at 10 a.m. Tickets can be purchased at, the Event Center box office,, all Ticketmaster outlets, or by phone at 800-745-3000.

A 2014 American Comedy Award nominee for Best Club Comedian, Maniscalco is quickly becoming one of the most sought-after funnymen in the business today. A frequent guest on networks such as Showtime and Comedy Network, the “half-Sicilian, half-Italian” is busy producing the wildly popular “The Pete and Sebastian Show” podcast, touring North America, and working on his forthcoming memoir.

Born and bred in Chicago, the Los Angeles native is known for posing questions like “What’s Wrong With People?” and in his latest 2014 Showtime special, “Aren’t You Embarrassed?,” which spawned appearances on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” and “Conan.” Maniscalco is hitting the road in 2016, bringing new material and some fan favorites to a variety of theaters across the country.

As the Dallas Observer noted, “Much of the material for his three comedy specials and tours comes from his astonishment with modern society’s unspoken rules and the juxtaposition of current culture against his upbringing in a hardworking, ‘half-Sicilian, half-Italian’ immigrant family.”

“Those values … have been a catalyst for my comedy,” Maniscalco shared. “I’m like, ‘Wow, I guess a lot of people didn’t have this type of upbringing’ … that old world technique of, you know, nothing’s given to you, you’ve gotta work for everything you’ve done.”

All he has worked so hard for is paying off with his first memoir, also expected in 2016, mixing two of his favorite things: laughs and food, titled “Where You Wanna Eat?” The memoir by Maniscalco and co-author Alan Eisenstock will explore Maniscalco’s dining experiences and dos and don’ts from a lifetime as a diner, waiter, and keen observer of human nature through a series of his most memorable meals. The first glimpse at the table-side humor audiences can expect from Maniscalco in his memoir can be seen in January when he joins Jerry Seinfeld for “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.”

Additionally, Maniscalco will make several major motion picture appearances in the coming year, including a voiceover role in the animated feature “Nut Job 2,” a New Line comedy directed by Andrew Cohen called “The House” starring Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler, and the independent drama “Cruise,” directed by Rob Siegel and produced by Jeremy Renner.