Domenick Jack "Dom" Irrera (born 1947), originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is a stand-up comedian. Much of his material is in the form of stories about his life, especially his childhood years and growing up in an Italian-American family, which contributes to the "natural" feel of his performances. Nominated six times for an American Comedy Award, Dom Irrera's stand-up material was honed in a multi-generational Italian household in South Philadelphia with his mother, sister, grandmother, uncles and cousins all under one very big roof. A great-grandmother even lived across the street. Together there were three floors and four generations of family. He is also an uncle to Havertown, Pennsylvania's own Richie Rosati or better know by his colleagues R-Squared. His first big break was his performance on Rodney Dangerfield's Nothing Goes Right comedy specials for HBO. In 1989, Irrera's own HBO One Night Stand earned him his first CableACE award for Best Stand-Up Comedy Special. In 1995, he won a second CableACE for the Showtime stand-up series he hosted, Full Frontal Comedy. That same year he received a second CableACE nomination in the writing category for his work on Comedy Central's animated series, Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist. He also starred in a solo stand-up special for HBO in 1992 titled Command Performance. He has performed on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, the Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The View, and has made several appearances on "Oprah". Recent credits include an all-new stand-up special titled "Comedy Central Presents", which aired on the cable network this past summer. As an avid sports fan, he hosted four seasons of Comedy Central's irreverent football show Offsides, where he conducted hilarious on-the-field interviews with football greats. He also hosted Comedy Central's Behind the Scenes at the American Comedy Awards specials in 1998 and 1999. Irrera was a series regular on the 1998 FOX comedy Damon starring Damon Wayans and his guest-star credits include Seinfeld (he played an annoying prop comic needling Jerry in the memorable episode), Becker, Everybody Loves Raymond and King of Queens. In addition, Dom voices the character Ernie, the demolitions expert, on Nickelodeon's Hey Arnold. His film work includes a featured role in Robert Townsend's Hollywood Shuffle, a cameo in the Coen Brothers film The Big Lebowski, The Fourth Tenor, starring old pal Rodney Dangerfield, and he played himself in the Rodney Dangerfield / Dom DeLuise film The Godson. Dom has performed at Montreal's prestigious "Just For Laughs Festival" and "The Cat Laughs Festival" in Kilkenny, Ireland (he's made more appearances at both festivals than any other American comic), He also has performed at the "Melbourne Comedy Festival" in Australia and at "Edinburgh Festival's" Assembly Hall. It was there that he received the "Herald Award" for artistic excellence.
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