Mario Cantone, the celebrated New York stage actor and stand-up comedian, gained critical acclaim with his Tony-nominated one-man show LAUGH WHORE, from its appearance at the Cort Theatre on Broadway to the Showtime special. The previous theatre season saw Cantone starring in the Tony-winning ASSASSINS by Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman. Both hit shows were directed by four-time Tony-winner Joe Mantello.
An accomplished stage actor, Cantone has appeared on Broadway in the role of “Buzz” in Terrence McNally's award-winning dramatic comedy, LOVE! VALOR! COMPASSION! and as “Stephano” in Shakespeare's THE TEMPEST at the Public Theater. Next up in theatre, Mario stars in the Broadway-bound BLISS.
He starred in the release of Sony's animated film, SURF’S UP, and appeared in the hilarious film THE ARISTOCRATS. On television, Cantone is best known as “Anthony”, Charlotte's wedding-planner-with-attitude, now that HBO’s SEX AND THE CITY is in syndication on TBS, E!, and many other stations, as well as the SEX AND THE CITY movie franchise. On Comedy Central, Cantone's performances have been featured on The USO Comedy Tour, Chappelle's Show, and various other network specials. Mario is currently recurring on the FX show BETTER THINGS and is about to shoot the Universal feature, ALL MY LIFE.
Cantone has performed his irreverent stand-up comedy at a wide range of venues, including Carnegie Hall, where he warmed up jazz great Shirley Bassey, to performances at Atlantic City’s Borgata and headlining at Gotham Comedy and Caroline's on Broadway. Presently Mario is performing another sold out run at Cafe Carlyle. Over the years his routines have included musical parodies of Judy Garland, Jim Morrison, Peggy Lee, Bruce Springsteen, and Liza Minnelli.
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, Jimmy Fallon, Oprah, Martha, The Today Show, and throughout its 15-year run, multiple appearances on ABC’s The View.