A Veteran of the US Army, Joe "JR" Lipari has been performing improv and stand-up comedy since February 2003; when he first took the stage at the world famous Caroline’s Comedy Club. Since then, Joe has become a favorite at clubs around the country; including top comedy venues like The Improv, Jon Lovitz’s Comedy Club, The Ice House and The People’s Improv Theater.
Off-stage: Joe is an accomplished filmmaker, producer and TV/radio personality.
A scan of Joe’s IMDB profile shows a wide range of projects; from hit reality shows to feature length documentaries and big budget Hollywood movies. A faculty member of The People's Improv Theater (NYC) and The Improv Olympic (Hollywood), Joe teaches a DIY filmmaking workshop; over the course of 6 weeks 6-10 filmmakers write, produce, shoot & screen a 5-10 minute short film. As an actor, Joe was set to make his motion picture debut in Eat, Pray, Love alongside Julia Roberts. Unfortunately, his scenes did not make the final cut. He was interviewed about his experience and thoroughly misquoted by The Times of India.
Lipari is no stranger to controversy. Joe infamously paraphrased a quote from Fight Club on his Facebook page which got him arrested by NYPD SWAT and questioned by Homeland Security. His story was covered by This American Life, the documentary Terms and Conditions May Apply (Available on Netflix), The Fox News special report : Policing America: Security vs. Liberty and international newspapers like The Guardian. Joe's also set to appear in upcoming episodes of America's Book of Secrets on The History Channel.
Now, the founder and Creative Director of Recession Proof Media, Joe's first comic book "It Came from the Jersey Shore" will be released in 2014. "It Came From the Jersey Shore" is a satirical look at today's political and pop culture obsessed in a fight for survival; with art by Herb Trimpe & Shawn Conn.