From comedian and actor Sebastian Maniscalco—star of the film About My Father with Robert DeNiro—an inspiring, honest, uproarious collection of essays tracing his career from playing boxing rings and bowling alleys to reaching the pinnacles of comedy success.
At twenty-four, Sebastian Maniscalco arrived in LA with a suitcase and saved up minimum wages. He knew no one and nothing about standup comedy, but he was determined to go for it anyway.
Two decades later, he’s on the Forbes’ list of highest earning comedians, selling out arenas, and starring in numerous hit comedy specials including Why Would You Do That? and Is It Me?.
Stay Hungry tells the story of the twenty years in between. On the way from clueless rube to standup superstar, Seb was booed off stages; survived on tips and stolen food; got advice from mentors Andrew Dice Clay, Vince Vaughn, Tony Danza, and Jerry Seinfeld; fell in love; and stayed true to his Italian-immigrant roots. The one code that always kept him going: stay hungry, keep focused, never give up, and one day, you’ll make it.
Sebastian Maniscalco is a stand-up comedian, actor, and host of the podcast Daddy vs. Doctor. He has released numerous comedy specials, including Why Would You Do That?, Aren’t You Embarrassed?, and Is It Me?. He has been on Forbes’ “The World’s Highest Paid Comedians” list and his major motion picture portfolio includes a voice-over for character Johnny the Groundhog in the animated feature Nut Job 2 and appearances in films including The House starring Will Ferrell and Tag, starring alongside Ed Helms and Jeremy Renner. He has also appeared in the films Green Book, The Irishman, and is currently starring in About My Father with Robert DeNiro. Maniscalco is currently the cohost of SiriusXM’s popular The Pete and Sebastian Show. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife Lana and their two children.