John Pinette was named “Stand-Up Comedian of the Year” by the American Comedy Awards in 1999 and he received a Gemini Award nomination for his superb televised performance at The Montreal Comedy Festival in 2000. He got his big break shortly after leaving his accounting job for a career in comedy when he was asked to tour with Frank Sinatra, and has since become a regular guest on “The Tonight Show” and “The View.” Pinette has also enjoyed a long acting career in stage, television and film. He had a very successful starring run on Broadway playing the role of Edna Turnblad in the hit musical, “Hairspray,” and supporting roles in “Duets,” starring Gwenyth Paltrow, “Dear God,” starring Greg Kinnear, and “Junior,” starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. He can also be seen as the lovable ‘Mr. Bumpo’ in The Punisher starring John Travolta and Thomas Jane. His first Comedy Central Special and DVD entitled “I’m Starvin’” was released in January of 2006, and his second Comedy Central Special “Still Hungry” was released in July of 2011.