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Ringler, arguing that the roles of judge and comedian are incompatible, cited the example of the actor Larry Hagman, who was said to have been berated in public by fans who associated him with his role as the conniving J.R. Ewing in the long-running television series “Dallas.”
Sicari says he makes hundreds of stand-up comedy appearances a year, including on stage, on network television, as a warm-up for Comedy Central audiences and in film. He’s a member of the Screen Actors Guild and other professional performers unions.
He has said he got hooked on standup comedy as a young boy after watching Richard Pryor.
“I immediately thought that’s what I wanted to do,” he said in an interview with NTDTV that appeared online in 2008.
At an early age, he began doing impressions, including one of Vinnie Barbarino, John Travolta’s character on the TV show “Welcome Back, Kotter.” He told the interviewer that he remembers telling his parents when he was 12 he wanted to be a comedian. He said their answer was, “You’re nuts.”
Being a standup comedian requires some of the same skills as being a lawyer, he said. “You have to be very quick on your feet,” he said.
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