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Comedian John Caparulo to Perform

Posted Feb. 3, 2012

Comedian John Caparulo will share his sharp wit on stage at the Performing Arts Center at Kent State University at Tuscarawas on Feb. 11 at 7:30 p.m. The show is co-sponsored by Mix 94.1 and the Hampton Inn.

Caparulo's unique delivery and brilliant affinity for cuss words have made him a crowd favorite.  After support from comedy greats like Jay Leno, Chelsea Handler and Vince Vaughn, Caparulo is getting a shot at becoming a true household name. He began his stand-up career in the comedy clubs of Cleveland and Pittsburgh in 1997. After graduating from Kent State University, he left behind a lucrative career patching potholes to take his talent to the left coast. There, he spent the next four years working the door at the world famous Comedy Store by night and cutting grass at a local golf course by day.

Caparulo's first big break came at the 2003 Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal, where he impressed the industry observers enough to offer him a sitcom deal. It was then he was able to officially trade in his weed whacker for a microphone full-time. He is now applying his blue-collar work ethic to the stage, where he performs nearly 365 nights a year.

Caparulo has made appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Comedy Central Presents and performed as part of the Blue Collar Comedy: The Next Generation in 2007 with Bill Engvall.

In 2008, Caparulo's first feature film, Vince Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Show, was released by New Line. The comedy documentary followed Vaughn and four stand-up comics as they toured the country. Moving forward, Caparulo went on to host the CMT series Mobile Home Disaster and his one-hour special Meet Cap premiered to great numbers on Comedy Central, and Warner Bros. just released his CD/DVD.

In addition to touring nationwide, Caparulo can be seen alongside his pal Chelsea Handler as a regular on her E! hit show Chelsea Lately. He stated, "It's like hanging out at my buddy's house and getting a check for it! It really is the most fun I've had since I got into comedy. I've known Chelsea since we were both doing six-minute spots at The Comedy Store. I never thought she really liked me. Come to think of it…I'm still not sure." He also hosts his own radio show, The Mad Cap Hour on Sirius/XM Blue Collar Radio.

Tickets for this show, which is intended for mature audiences, range in price from $16 - $24. Purchase tickets now in person at the Performing Arts Center box office, online at or by calling 330-308-6400. The box office is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Performing Arts Center at Kent State Tuscarawas is located at 330 University Dr. NE, New Philadelphia.



Media Contact:
Pam Patacca, 330.308.7473
Kent State University at Tuscarawas
Feb. 3, 2012