When Dom Irrera takes the stage, he does not simply get on it, he owns it!
Dom projects a singular charisma that firmly engages audiences from the opening moment and doesn't let go until the end of the performance, and beyond.
Indeed, Dom Irrera's stand-up material was honed in a multi-generational Italian household in South Philadelphia with his mother, sister, grandmother, uncles and cousins all under one very big roof. A great-grandmother even lived across the street. Together, there were three floors and four generations of family.
His first big break was his performance on Rodney Dangerfield's Nothing Goes Right comedy specials for HBO. In 1989 Irrera's own HBOOne Night Stand earned him his first CableACE award for Best Stand-Up Comedy Special.
In '95 he won a second CableACE for the Showtime stand-up series he hosted, Full Frontal Comedy. That same year he received a second CableACE nomination in the writing category for his work on Comedy Central's animated series, Dr. Katz: Professional Therapist. He also starred in a solo stand-up special for HBO in '92, titled Command Performance.
He has performed on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The View, and made several appearances on "Oprah."
Irrera was a series regular on the '98 Fox comedy Damon, starring Damon Wayans and his guest-star credits include Seinfeld, Becker, Everybody Loves Raymond and King of Queens. In addition, Dom voiced the character Ernie, the demolitions expert, on Nickelodeon's Hey Arnold. Other notable animation work includes multiple seasons voicing Duke The Dog in Barnyard.
His film work includes a featured role in Robert Townsend's Hollywood Shuffle, a cameo in the Coen Bros. Film, The Big Lebowski, The Fourth Tenor, starring old pal Rodney Dangerfield, and he played himself in the Rodney Dangerfield / Dom De Luise film, The Godson.
In 2010 Dom performed in the prestigious one person show slot in Montreal with his sold out run of Plugged, Unplugged and Plugged again.