People On The Move - Vic Dibitetto
In a city full of blue collar, working-class comedians, Vic Dibitetto’s brand of colorful humor about everyday situations helped him emerge as one of the more recognizable stand-up comics in the metro area – that and, as he calls it, “thirty seconds of stupidity.”
When Vic’s video “Bread and Milk,” a 30-second sketch of a panicked person rushing to get the staple items before a snowstorm, went viral and was picked up by major network shows in 2013, it helped put him on the mainstream map. Although Vic had been creating short sketches and videos on an almost daily basis before that, it garnered him more recognition than any of his previous attempts and helped propel him from a part-time comedian to a full-time act.
This year, he’s starting to branch out beyond the typical city-area stages, with acts lined up in Las Vegas, Florida, Boston and New Hampshire.
It’s a life that, for a long time, the former Great Kills and Rossville resident spent decades dreaming of attaining when he and his wife, Lucy, worked for a bussing company that transported special needs children in Staten Island. “The last three years have been amazing. It was a tough road, but you have to sacrifice,” he says. “It took me 30 years to get to where I am. When you have a passion for something, you don’t stop. What’s the alternative?”
Vic also spent time driving garbage and cement-mixing trucks, and says he would sometimes drive his work vehicles to the club he was performing at, do his stand-up routine, and then finish his route.
“You just have to keep plugging. As Woody Allen once said, 99 percent of showbiz is just showing up for a gig,” he says. “For every Kevin James and Ray Romano, there’re 10 Vic Dibitettos. Comedy is a brutal, unfair, beautiful business.”
The climb from performing part-time at venues like at the now-closed Pips Comedy Club in Brooklyn to having regularly-scheduled acts on the weekends is one that Vic admits he couldn’t have made without Lucy’s support. “My family has kept me humble, and Lucy, here’s a woman who sacrificed 33 years of sitting home on the weekends so her husband could pursue his dreams. I don’t know what I’d do without her,” he says. “I don’t even know how to post-date a check.”
In 2015, Vic landed a spot in his first Hollywood picture as Gino Chizetti in Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2, a role that Kevin James called and personally asked him to play. In it, Vic used one of the iconic lines, “I got a guy,” from his popular YouTube sketch character Tony Gaga who always knows someone that can purportedly do a task or buy something cheaper than what is pictured on-screen.
ldquo;Other than getting married and having kids, that’s one of the greatest experiences of my life,” Vic says about the filming of the movie. “Kevin and I, we’re not buddies, but we played the same clubs when we were coming up. I was honored he asked me.”
Vic considers being able to nail down a full-time role in a sitcom to be “the final piece of the puzzle” to his comedic career, but also adds that it would be “gravy” if he gets a shot at a role.
“Sometimes I think if I got to this level when I was younger, I would have faded out. I feel more excited now than when I was in my 20s,” the 56-year-old says. “I think there’s a reason why it took so long to get where I am today.” One of those reasons was the invention of YouTube, which turned out to be a perfect platform for Vic to reach his audience and market himself. His more than 4,000 videos are a collection of various sketch-comedy acts, rants about the world that are relatable to working class families, and many other short snippets designed to bring a smile to whoever watches them. Collectively, his videos have been viewed more than 100 million times across various platforms on the internet - a response that has humbled Vic and constantly reminds him of the impact his comedy has had on the lives of his audience.
“I wish I had the time to interact with all of the tens of millions of fans who have viewed my videos,” Vic says. “I can’t, but I do read every comment. I love my audience. Without them I’m talking to an empty room.”
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