They call him the “The Nice Guy”. They’ve always called him that. Steve Mingolla never met a person he didn’t like. Steve was encouraged to enter a talent show as a comedian by his acting coach. The thrill of making an audience laugh had him hooked. Stand-up comedy would forever change his life. That following year, Steve dropped out of college and moved to Hollywood, CA to follow his bliss. He landed a job as a doorman at the “World Famous” Comedy Store on the Sunset Strip. It was there that he worked with and learned from comics such as Dennis Miller, Louie Anderson, Gary Shandling, Sam Kinison and Lenny Clark, just to name a few. On one fateful occasion, Dennis Miller offered to watch and critique Steve’s performance at Igby’s Comedy Club in Santa Monica. After his set, Dennis took Steve aside to offer a perspicacious analysis. Dennis said, “Stevie, I’ve been doing comedy for fourteen years. I can say f… any time I want…you can’t! It just doesn’t sound right coming out of your mouth.” It was at that moment, Mingolla realized that although some comics become quite successful through the use of explicit language, his path would have to be clean. His mantra is in the immortal words of Jonathan Winters, “…never let that child inside of you die.”
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