STATEN ISLAND, NY – Actress Elyse DeLucci’s star is on the rise.
In the past 19 months, the stand-up comedian has racked up more than 40 million views on TIC Tac through his authentic and relevant perspectives on work, divorce, dating, parenting, what it means to be Italian-American and, of course, what it was like growing up on Staten Island.
Finding humor in her daily life proved easy – and essential – for the 38-year-old single mom, who went viral after posting a clip about being repeatedly taken for the “very suitable” nanny of his Anglo-American daughters on a trip to the Hamptons.
“I talked about how my two British daughters are like little crime lords, and it blew up. And the next thing I knew, I got popular on this platform. I did TikToks five, six times a day, every day for almost 19 months. And they’ve had millions of views.
DeLucci, professional actor for five years who will be opening for Mike Marino at the St. George Theater on October 15th, moved from the stage to social media at the start of the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) at the insistence of her younger sister. Although, DeLucci admitted to Advance / SILive.com, she was not initially convinced by the idea.
“But then the pandemic came and it all stopped. As a comedian, I go out on stage to do stand-up comedy because that’s what I do, and when it all came to a screeching halt, I mean, that was me, my two little girls and the four walls of our little apartment on the Haut Cote Est. “
While she took her sister’s advice and “did a few TikToks here and there,” it wasn’t until DeLucci, a cryptocurrency trader who also works full time as a digital director at a company from Manhattan, posted this Hamptons clip that she started timing. some serious numbers.
“I mean, people ask, ‘Is this stuff real? This is 100% true. And [it’s] everyday things that everyone can generally relate to.
‘ALWAYS JUST FOUND THE DRLE’
For DeLucci, who has performed in theaters across the country, comedy has always been an outlet and laughter a coping mechanism; As she described her Italian-American upbringing in Annadale as quaint, she noted that she was an “eccentric” girl known for producing numbers for a Barbra Streisand musical in the middle of her street – something that neighborhood children have not always kissed.
“I was uncomfortable. I had a funny nasal voice. I had glasses and braces, and I was really out of date. … I mean, I wasn’t very popular. No one wanted to call and knock on my door for me to come and play. But I have really always found in a lot of different things.
Leaving the “Staten Island bubble,” as she put it, DeLucci entered adulthood and the corporate world, got married, had children, continued to rise through the ranks. – and realized that she was exhausting herself.
“I worked for the stock exchange [at that time]. I worked 12, 14 hours a day. I had two small children at home. I was completely exhausted, I had a marriage that was falling apart. And I felt so overwhelmed with life.
After a particularly heated argument with her ex-husband, she left her apartment, hopped in a cab, and headed downtown to the Peoples Improv Theater, which hosted an open mic party late in the evening. evening in his attic.
“Like the real one [Marvelous Mrs. Maisel] character, I just did five minutes and laughed a lot. It was great. And then I did another one, and then I did another. It stuck with me. “
FANS THAT TENDER
With the world on hold for most of 2020 and part of 2021, the arrival of DeLucci’s skillful material on TikTok has been a welcome respite from the stress of the pandemic for many fans.
From young professionals to working mothers, stay-at-home parents, Italian-American compatriots, “I started getting messages from people saying, ‘I’m really not in a good position right now, [but] I watch your TikToks and they make me laugh ‘or,'[Your videos] makes me feel like I’m fine now, or “I feel like I have a friend in my living room with me throughout this lockdown.”
“There is therapy behind the comedy. … At the end of the day people go to comedy shows [or TikTok] because they want to get away from their everyday life, and they want to sit down and laugh. And you connect with people through laughter.
“When you laugh, all your other worries go away. “
DECLARED AS “WOMAN SEBASTIAN MANISCALCO”
DeLucci told Advance / SILive.com that it prides itself on being a “clean comic” that avoids obscenities, dirty jokes and shocking pieces in its sets; she feels it is her responsibility to refrain as a parent of young children.
Plus, “I just think there’s a lot of funny stuff [to talk about without that]. “
His decision to play clean sets is reminiscent of that of another Italian-American comedian.
“I get a lot of, like, ‘You’re like a woman Sebastian [Maniscalco]. I often get this when I’m on the road doing shows, and it’s such a compliment because he’s such a brilliant comedian.
It was this choice to remain relatively family-oriented that, according to DeLucci, would have attracted Marino, whom DeLucci met through common actor friends, when it came to choosing a “racable and young” opener for his show at the St. George Theater; DeLucci added that the couple share “similar upbrings and similar values.”
Her inclusion is particularly important to DeLucci: it is the first time that she will perform in the historic place of her hometown.
“Legends perform at the St. George Theater. I mean, I saw Tony Bennett years ago. So the fact that I’m on that same stage, it’s just amazing to me.
ALL ABOUT COMEDY
In addition to his regular presence on TikTok, DeLucci hosts a podcast, “The Elyse DeLucci show“, which she launched during the COVID-19 lockdown last year. Calling it a” slice of [her] life, ”DeLucci covers topics ranging from advice on life to the frustration of her children refusing to eat DeLucci’s homemade meals. (“Like, I made chicken cutlets and my kid doesn’t want to eat them. Does she know they were $ 14.99 a pound?” She joked.)
While currently operating it as a solo show, DeLucci is starting to book some of her fellow comedians and other guests to join her in episodes.
DeLucci is also producing a documentary she wrote during the pandemic, which she told Advance / SILive.com could be released as early as next year. It follows four moms in comedy, including DeLucci, “doing their shows inside their homes, [going] in their life and talk about their life and why they pursue stand-up comedy. “
That’s all to say, DeLucci is definitely quite into comedy.
“I like what I have done and what I am doing [in the corporate world]. I’m passionate about it, I work for a company that supports me so much with the nicest people I’ve ever met in the business world, and they support those dreams … but the reality of the situation is this is not my passion. … I think we all have our stuff, and you know, that [comedy] is my thing.
“You know when I started [in standup], it was scary. … But I just did, and that’s it. If you have the nerve and you can overcome that initial fear, you will reap so many rewards, ”DeLucci said. She added that she’s always working on new tracks and regularly hangs out with open mics after putting her kids to bed (“They’re meeting up with a babysitter, I swear!”) To stay alert.
Grateful for her success, DeLucci won’t let go anytime soon.
“I am just a woman who had a dream and who has achieved great success from it. And I’m just going to continue.