A successful stand-up comedian for three decades, Anthony “Mango” Venuto wants to bring something new to television: profanity.
“I’m just doing comedy, just like standup,” Mr. Venuto said. “The network, they seem to be hiring local people these days, and I’m going to be the first American.”
Just 25 years old, Mr. Venuto has been performing comedy regularly in the Los Angeles area since he was 14, performing in clubs and doing comedy clubs around Los Angeles — at “a couple of places I shouldn’t have been at.”
Now he’s back in New York City, where he has been appearing in comedy clubs for the past couple of months and hopes to land a role on another TV comedy series.
In August, he signed an overall deal with Brad Grey Television, which released a statement about his new series.
“The show promises to bring together insane road warriors, manly men, an average joe with a golf swing and a good sense of humor, as it weaves in and out of various worlds. The tone will be wildly inappropriate with body humor, satirical riffs on popular topics that will incite debate, but ultimately have a serious, yet humorous, point of view. It’s gonna be a riot,” said Glenn Geffner, Brad Grey Television’s head of development and production.
In August, Mr. Venuto was named one of New York magazine’s “30 under 30” comedians and recently appeared on the American Comedy Awards.
In the coming months, he will be performing at Gotham Comedy Club in New York City and the Comedy Cellar in Manhattan, and said he is also preparing to do some filming.
But while Mr. Venuto has become a go-to comic among “hardcore” comedians, he believes he has a more mainstream audience in mind: TV comedy series that feature profanity.
“I’m a bad ass and I’m bad a—,” Mr. Venuto said. “I have a great background. But it’s about balance.”
Mr. Venuto said that his new comedy series would be the first to feature offensive language. “It doesn’t need to be politically correct,” he said. “It needs to be funny.”
In a way, it’s a risky business to be taking risks. It’s tough for comedians to get comedy gigs and the shows that producers make, Mr. Venuto noted. “You got to be the ones taking the risk, not the ones taking the risks,” he said.
Now, it looks like his journey has taken a new turn.
“This is the reason that I started the show,” Mr. Venuto said. “I had a suggestion and they gave me the green light. It’s our first opportunity to do profanity and have it have a positive, and not just a negative, effect. I want to have people who take a chance with me and understand that a lot of this stuff is just dead serious.”