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You know the crazy uncle you love but can’t be out in public with or
the nutty aunt who will speak her mind to your friends and neighbors
(whether they asked her to or not)? Well, they’re both present in the
comedy of Anthony Rodia along with relatable, real, and razor sharp
observations on marriage, parenthood, road rage, and everything else
worthy of a social media rant. Within just two years, his ability to
intimately depict life in all of its absurdity has attracted a rabid
audience comprised of over 700,000 social media followers with
22million- plus YouTube views. Selling out shows left and right
nationwide and appearing on programs such as Elvis Duran and the Morning
Show, Good Day New York, and Elizabeth & Elisa on News 12, he
quietly claimed the throne of “KING OF OFF THE BOAT COMEDY.”
wanted to do something different,” he says. “With each video and at
every one of my shows, I’m dragging you into my world. You’re a part of
my upbringing, or you’re at home with my wife and kids. I don’t write my
humor based on what I think is going to be funny; I write my humor
based on what I think people are going to relate to the most. I’ve found
you laugh at what you connect with. Anything connected to home makes it
A first generation Italian-American born and
raised in Westchester, NY, Anthony loved making people laugh from the
first moment he could. His mother kept home videos of her six-year-old
son imitating aunts, uncles, and grandparents at Christmastime and
leaving the room in stitches. After sneaking downstairs to watch Andrew
Dice Clay on New Year’s Eve (without the adults noticing), he developed a
lifelong passion for comedy. Citing Richard Pryor, George Carlin, Eddie
Murphy, and Robin Williams as formative influences, he never missed an
opportunity to pull a prank at school or attract a crowd in the hallway
with a spot-on impersonation of a teacher. He dabbled in comedy with a
few open mics in his early twenties, but he ultimately took a different
career path and became a finance manager of a luxury car dealership.
hearing unstoppable laughter from a movie theater crowd during Deadpool
2, he chose to finally pick up comedy again. As a test run, he filled a
local theater with friends and family. Sellouts followed at hotspots
such as Caroline’s on Broadway, Governor’s Comedy Club, Levity Live and
more. Exiting his day job in 2019, he performed 100 shows in just nine
months and increased his social media imprint by nearly 1,000% with a
nonstop series of videos. “ROAD RAGE WEDNESDAY” became a fan favorite,
but Uncle Vinny and Zia Lucia transformed into a phenomenon. With
Anthony playing these insanely lovable characters (house dress and all),
he brought the stories from his stage routine to life in cinematic
fashion. “Uncle Vinny came by accident, and I had to give him a wife, so
I created Zia Lucia who is basically five or six of my aunts rolled
into one,” he says. “I have four or five conversations going on in my
head at any given time!
At the same time, he consistently pushed
himself. No two videos or shows would ever be the same. “Everybody says
I’m crazy, because I’ll say something on stage I just came up with an
hour ago,” he admits. “I don’t want the audience to have the same
experience twice. The only way I can keep building this business without
getting old and tired is to try to be funnier than I was yesterday.
That’s the approach I take. Can I push the envelope more? Can I get more
creative with my characters? It’s nonstop.”
With the onset of
quarantine, he made the most of a captive audience, delivering a
staggering 86 videos in a row. Additionally, he performed his biggest
gig yet, a virtual performance livestreamed worldwide from Wall Street
Theater in Connecticut closing out the summer 2020.
planned for legendary spots such as Foxwoods, countless videos, and
surprises on the horizon, Anthony willbring everyone even closer with
each new routine.
“I channel what you dealt with when you were young,
what you’re going through with your spouse, and what you’re
experiencing with your kids, and I’m relating it to you,” he leaves off.
“It strikes a nerve. I have a way of saying what most people are
thinking—but don’t say because they don’t want to offend anybody. I’m
really thankful it’s resonated, and I’m not going to stop.”
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