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Joe Matarese grew up in Cherry Hill, NJ and at the age of nineteen moved his standup act from his parent’s basement to the local Philadelphia clubs. Three years after breaking into the Philly comedy scene, he moved to New York City to pursue his life long dream. He soon became a regular at all the A-list comedy clubs and was paving his path in show business. Joe’s completely autobiographical act pokes fun at his subtly dysfunctional Italian family, his own neuroses, life with a four year old son, and his marriage to a psychologist (his perfect match). After 20 years of failed relationships, his main objective is fixing Joe – he has to if he wants this relationship to work. Joe’s talent for turning real life struggles into comedic gems quickly landed him appearances on the most sought after TV and radio shows including Chelsea Lately, The Late Show with David Letterman, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Comedy Central Presents (his very own 1/2 hour special), The Howard Stern Show and Breuer Unleashed on Sirius Satellite

Radio, Howard On Demand, The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn, Comedy Central’s Premium Blend, and NBC’s Last Comic Standing. You may also recognize him from Bravo’s reality series Better Half where he teaches his wife to perform standup and she brings home the $20,000 prize. Joe has also hit the stage four times at the prestigious Montreal Comedy Festival, leading to two development deals with major television networks. Joe’s acting resume grew when he landed a guest starring role on IFC’s ZRock playing an annoying yuppie with a pet bulldog, and gave a stand out performance on Howard TV’s hit show “Show In The Hallway” as a cop who becomes obsessed with Robin Quivers. He also has a very successful weekly podcast called Fixing Joe where he turns the tables on self help and talk radio by asking his celebrity guests, listeners, and friends and family to help him on every episode. This hit comedic podcast aims to help others as Joe helps himself. In addition to performing, Joe loves to teach aspiring comics. He’s led comedy workshops on both coasts and is now sharing his talent close to home at The Stress Factory Comedy Club.