A powerful performer, comedian Vic DiBitetto chums energy, honesty, and humility into nonstop laughter. His pace is frenetic. His material is vivid and true. From his first words, to his famous, word-free, mannequin head encore, DiBitetto leaves his audiences breathless with laughter.
When I was able to catch him right off stage at the Borgata in Atlantic City for this QandA session about what it means to be Vic DiBitetto, it was not what you may be expecting. Of course we talked about stand up, his and the comedy tours, but when it comes to being Vic, well…
Q: Were you the first winner of Americas Funniest People?
A: Yes, in 1991, 92. My son was five years old. I won 10K, 8k after taxes. I put it right into my son’s bank account. News came to the house. I put lines down his mouth. It was cute. He sang Rudolph the red nosed reindeer, while I drank a glass of water. It was great!
Q: Where was it recorded?
A: Universal studios. We got right through the lines
Q: What is the deal with the two heads?
A: That was one of my first bits. It is timeless. Because it is all music and no words. I was a garbage man at the time. The heads were something I found in the garbage.
Q: Is that how you started stand up?
A: No. I started in Sheepshead bay. It was me, Andrew Dice Clay and Richard Jennings. I was the rookie.
Q: Sheepshead bay?
A: Yeah, where the lobsters meet mobsters!
Q: So you were a part of that comedy boom?
A: Yeah, everyone else made it. Kevin James, Ray Romano. I just missed it. Story of my life
Q: How did you come up with the idea for the vignettes?
A: Well, I did great with America’s Funniest People and then started putting put videos through Youtube. Those things have been like a God send. I have a following because of them.
I do them like every day. People expect them now. They go to work and if they don’t see a new video they contact me. It’s like they go to work and are looking forward to seeing these vignettes.
Q: How many were before bread and milk?
A: I have been doing those for years. People go nuts if I don’t put them out. I get emails like where is the video? I almost deleted “Bread and Milk”, it was a fluke that I recorded that. My wife sent me out for something totally different, I think I was going to Chipotle and I saw a snow flake. So I pull out my iphone, “BREAD AND MILK, BREAD AND MILK, GOTTA GET THE BREAD AND MILK”. I was freaking out to have fun. It was a single recording (one take), but it was almost nothing. Now it is over nine million hits.
You ever see the coffee cups? That’s one of the first. I just did one where my mother in law is over, that one’s good.
Q: How do you get them out?
A: Youtube and Facebook. People think it’s a camera man, but it’s just me and an iphone. That thing has really helped my career.
Q: How many ways have you heard your name?
A: Thanks for saying my name right. Everyone says it a different, DiBettittetto, Diabetes. You said it right. One day the MC said VIC DI-BIT-TET-O.
Q: Your son and the hoodie, is that real?
A: Yeah, but I exaggerate.
Q: February, there was an article about you and a school bus strike?
A: I called my friend at the paper. Everyone was hearing Bloomburg’s version of the strike, but not ours. No one likes him. We are all trying to make money and feed our families.
I was disappointed when his raft didn’t over turn.
Q: Whose idea was The Wise Guys of Comedy?
A: Carlo Belaro. It was originally from Night of 1000 Guidos with Jimmy Labriola, that was the original.
Q: You did the radio show too.
A: With Joe Cozi. I did it five times. That show was insane, bunch of guys yelling over each other. They are really not related events though.
The Soprano’s did something very good for me. The booked me on something called Comedy You Can’t Refuse. That was a really big deal.
Q: Who was your first booker?
A: Wow! You are not gonna know these guys. I’ve been doing this thirty years, but Bill Selman and Roger Paul. Those were my first, but I work for everyone now.
I did a music fair, with Sam Kinison, that was great.
Q: Who do you work for mainly now?
A: I do a lot of work for Coastal and Omnipop. They are great about filling in my gaps. Most of what I do is pick up work for myself. I do a lot of private events. There are too many comics, and not enough clubs. It is not about being funny. A lot of times, it’s about filling seats. You can be the funniest guy in the world.
Q: What has been your best experience through comedy?
A: Getting on TV for the first time. I did an MTV comedy hour in 1990. That was very cool for me.
Q: What has been the worst experience you’ve had?
A: Getting shit thrown at me while on stage. You ever do a beef steak dinner, where they are drunk and start throwing food at you? I made it like a cartoon, picking up the roast beef and made myself a sandwich. I got them back immediately, but it was scary.
Check out Vic’s at
AMERICAN HOTEL IN FREEHOLD ON OCTOBER 18
THE BORGOTA DECEMBER 16-22
His website Vic-comedy.com, you can see his vignettes