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Sunday, October 22 Entertainment

Anthony DeVito headlines at the Fairfield Comedy Club

Anthony DeVito is a funny Italian guy, who is also a talented comic. He’s honest and humble, too.

As he says on his website: “Hi, this is Anthony. I made this site, so it’s probably not great. I’m a comedian, not a web designer. But, feel free to click on things.”

He goes on to share that his comedy credits include an appearance on CBS, on “Late Show with Stephen Colbert.” DeVito has also been on Comedy Central’s “Adam Devine’s House Party,” and has an album out, called “Dream Occupation.” (Which you can buy, if you want, he says.)

But that’s just for starters. DeVito has performed at many comedy festivals, was one of the “New Faces” at the 2012 Montreal Just for Laughs Festival, and has appeared on TV Land’s “The Jim Gaffigan Show. Oh, and he also was the 2015 winner of Caroline’s March Madness and has been published in The New York Times. Not too shabby.

DeVito headlines at the Fairfield Comedy Club on Saturday, Oct. 14, in a show which also includes such comedians as Joe Gerics, Beecher, Jay Sutay and Pat Monahan. The headliner shared more about himself in a recent email.

More Information

Fairfield Comedy Club at The Circle Inn, 417 Post Road, Fairfield. Saturday, Oct. 14. 9 p.m. $25. Must be 16 or older. BYOB, 475-999-2087, fairfieldcomedyclub.com

Q: First some background. We know you live in New York these days, but where are you from?

A: I grew up in northern New Jersey. In an Italian heavy town called Bloomfield. The last scene of “The Sopranos” was shot there. Now I live in Astoria, Queens. It’s more Greek heavy. My doctor’s first name is Socrates.

Q: What can you reveal about the show you’ll do at the Fairfield Comedy Club?

A: The audience can expect a night of vulnerable comedy. My stuff is mainly autobiographical, revolving around family and relationships. I’ve been trying to venture into larger issues. But I’m not really smart enough to do it well. Nothing divisive, just branching out more than the immediate world around me.

Q: You covered a number of topics on “Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” like your theory that racism will end (because everyone is sleeping with everyone else), and the problem that will cause for racists. And you shared the tale about your co-worker who wouldn’t say it was cold, but rather, it was “chilly-willy penguin bones.” What was it like to perform your monologue on that show?

A: I’ve been lucky enough to be on TV a few times. The “Late Show with Stephen Colbert” was particularly surreal because he was sitting behind me the whole set. And I could hear him laugh at parts of jokes. That was easily one of, if not, the coolest thing to happen in my career.

Q: What do you find most challenging about doing comedy and what do you like most about it?

A: The most challenging part of comedy is continually pushing myself to create outside of my comfort zone. Like I said, I’m trying to grow as a comic. That process can be rocky because it’s outside of what I do best. But it’s the only way to improve.

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