LACONIA — Fans of the hit HBO series The Sopranos will recognize him as Georgie the Bartender. But long before he was Georgie, Frank Santorelli had established himself as one of the top comedians in the business, working the best rooms from Boston to Hollywood.
Santorelli will be appearing Sat. Jan. 18 at 8 pm at Pitman's Freight Room in Laconia as the monthly, Las Vegas comedy series returns to 94 New Salem St. venue. Tickets are $15 and may be purchased in advance by contacting Pitman's at (603) 527-0043 or (603) 494-3334 or tickets may be purchased at the door the night of the show. Pittman's is a BYOB venue.
Also appearing will be Karen Fitzgerald and Jeff Koen.
Santorelli, the night's headliner, has not only been a long time Boston comedy icon, but from 1999 to 2007 he had the recurring role of "Georgie the Bartender" in The Sopranos and he had a star role in film "The Godfathers of Comedy."
Santorelli has appeared in numerous other movies including "No Reservations," "Meet the Parents," and "Crooked Lines," as well as having been seen in many television shows including "Law and Order."
Santorelli has headlined at some of the world's most famous comedy clubs including Comic Strip, Catch a Rising Star, the Comedy Cellar, and Caroline's, all in New York City as well as the Laugh Factory and The Improv in Los Angeles. He has also appeared at many of the major clubs around the country including Las Vegas and he has been seen on Comedy Central.
"I'm looking forward to this," said Santorelli. "I've heard a lot about the room from some of the other comedians who have worked there. If the room and the crowd are half as good as what I've heard, then it should be a great night."
As for the rest of the lineup, the quality level remains high. Karen Fitzgerald is a national comedy act who has performed at some of the nation's top clubs as well as being heard on Sirius XM Radio. Fitzgerald has performed in Las Vegas and has appeared at such prestigious clubs as Side Splitters in Tampa, the Shepherd Center in Atlanta, Wiley's in Dayton, OH, the Showcase Comedy Theater in Atlanta, Wisecrackers in Scranton, PA, Atlantic Beach Comedy Theater in Raleigh, NC, and the Comedy Cabana in South Carolina. Since returning to New England, she has played every major club in the six state region.
Jeff Koen is a rising star on the comedy scene having already played such notable rooms as Catch a Rising Star, The Kowloon, the Palace Theater, The Portsmouth Music Hall, The Waterville Opera House, and he won the O'Brien's Comedy Contest in the greater Boston area beating out a field of 50 professional comedians. For the past two years he has been one of the regional opening acts for national comedian Juston McKinney and he played a high comedic role in the movie Heavy Times which has gained a cult following all over the world.