How did stand-up comic Pete Correale become one of Entertainment Weekly's Top 10 comics to watch? How is he already starring in his... More >
How did stand-up comic Pete Correale become one of Entertainment Weekly's Top 10 comics to watch? How is he already starring in his own one-hour Comedy Central special? His secret to success was and remains "plugging away every night" at comedy clubs across the nation and even when he is home from touring in New York City. The laughs Correale finds in his life experiences can be enjoyed when he appears on "Late Night with David Letterman" prior to the premiere of his special "The Things We Do for Love" on Comedy Central on Saturday, June 8th at 11 pm (Eastern and Pacific). "To me, stand up is a little like jazz. You have to do it every day and every night until it gets into your skin," says Correale. Although joking and cracking wise as well as a love for stand-up comedy were part and parcel of his family life growing up on Long Island, "The actual thought of doing stand up was no different than being a movie star -- you can't do that! As much as I loved and admired it, I just thought it was always something that was beyond anything I could do." But once Correale spent an evening at a comedy club in New York City, "I knew that was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life," he recalls. He started hitting every comedy open mike in Manhattan. One night at the New York Comedy Club, the owner asked him to substitute for the MC who had to leave in the middle of the show.