Mario Cantone, the celebrated New York stage actor and stand-up comedian, gained critical acclaim with his Tony award-nominated one-man show Laugh Whore, from its appearance at the Cort Theatre on Broadway to the Showtime network special. He also starred on Broadway as Sam Byck in the Tony award-winning Assassins, by Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman and Buzz in Terrence McNally’s Tony award-winning dramatic comedy Love! Valor! Compassion! All three of these hit shows were directed by four-time Tony winner Joe Mantello. Cantone’s other Broadway credits include Gidger in The Violet Hour (original Broadway cast) and Stephano (opposite Patrick Stewart) in Shakespeare’s The Tempest. Off-Broadway, Cantone also originated the roles of Terry in The Crumple Zone, directed by Jason Moore and Matt in Steve for the New Group, directed by Cynthia Nixon. He is currently starring in A Room of My Own (opposite Ralph Macchio) at the Abingdon Theatre.
Cantone’s feature film work includes, Quiz Show (1994), directed by Robert Redford; Sony’s animated film Surf’s Up (2007); In Stereo (2015); The Aristocrats (2005); and as Anthony Marentino in Sex and the City (2008) and Sex and the City 2 (2010). He can still be seen on HBO’s Sex and the City, currently in syndication on many television stations. He was a recurring character on ABC’s Men in Trees and has a guest starring role on VH1’s Hindsight.
On Comedy Central, Cantone’s performances have been featured on The USO Comedy Tour, Comics Come Home, Chappelle’s Show, Comedy Central Roast of Denis Leary and Comedy Central Roast of Joan Rivers. The network was also home to his first solo stand-up special, “Comedy Central Presents Mario Cantone.”
Cantone got his start hosting the local New York children’s show Steampipe Alley, where the comic slipped in sly pop culture innuendo that adults could enjoy. His other television credits include appearances on Late Night with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Oprah, Conan, Martha Stewart, Meredith Viera, The Today Show and, throughout its 18-year run, multiple appearances as guest and co-host on ABC’s The View.
Cantone has appeared on the stages of Carnegie Hall, Atlantic City’s Borgata, The Golden Nugget, Caesars Palace (Las Vegas) and performing arts centers of Santa Rosa, Peekskill, Scottsdale, Fort Lauderdale and St. Louis, where he performed his comedy and music show, Mario Cantone Live!