Local business owner Al Trovato by day and comedian Johnny V by night, the 46-year-old Dickson City resident is making some local appearances this summer. Although being a comedian is more of a hobby at the moment, Johnny V explained how he balances being both a comedian and business owner, “Even though I am very busy, I still find time to do as many shows as I can,” he continued, “I very rarely turn anything down.”
He was introduced to the world of stand-up comedy through a friend who was also beginning stand-up, and was suggested to attended open mic night at ‘Wise Crackers Comedy Club.’
The comedian, who performed July 26 in the Abingtons, will take the stage at Genetti’s in Dickson City Aug. 3 with doors open at 7:30 and the show beginning at 9 p.m.
“I went down the first week and it went over really well,” said Johnny V on his first appearance at the club, “I really loved doing it, and just kept going and continued writing material.” He has been going strong as a comedian for nearly four years since.
In order to gather inspiration for a show, for which he writes all the material, Johnny V explained his tactics, “I get inspired by every day things; I take everyday situations and turn them into material.”
He added, “There’s humor in just about everything”
Johnny V doesn’t take an assumed traditional approach when creating material for a show, as he said, “I never sit down and say, ‘I’m gonna write about something in particular.’ It just comes to me.”
“I could be in the supermarket and see or hear something that I find funny, and put my own twist on it,” said Johnny V on the spontaneity of an idea.
To prepare for a show, he has also created a ritual, including playing some Slipknot, Slayer or similar music on the ride to the venue.
“About a half hour before I go on, I like to be left alone,” he said, “I walk around a lot and get my self ready to perform; I don’t get nervous, I just get myself fired up.”
Johnny V revealed that the best aspect of being a comedian is the performance, “I love nothing more than when I am on the stage, and it’s always a bonus when the crowd enjoys it as much as me.”
When asking what he aspires to build up to as a comedian, Johnny V set his goals to the West, “My dream gig is to some day perform in Las Vegas.”