Let’s Explore Italian-Americans’ Quirks, Qualms and Hilarious Habits


It’s an unfiltered exploration of our daily lives…and why so much of it makes for comedy gold.

Rocco Deserto isn’t blaming his mother for making him nuts…he’s just revealing the humor behind his first generation Italian American upbringing!

This week, hosts Rossella Rago and John Viola are joined by the man known to the world as Rocco the Comic, and this triumvirate of Brooklyn Italians is setting out to understand why it feels so good when we Italian Americans can laugh at ourselves.

They’ll discuss the roots of Rocco’s comedy career, and how his uniquely Italian American experience evolved into one of the funniest acts in Italian America. They’ll also trade jokes on how finding a gift for an Italian parent is a no-win situation, and why the best home goods are the ones you stole from an Alitalia flight.

Listen to the podcast here. 

It’s a conversation filled with laughs covering everything from the Italian obsession with death, funerals and guilt, to the freedom that comes with being married into a family that isn’t Italian, and why Italian American kids always secretly wanted to try SpaghettiOs

It’s an unfiltered exploration of so many of the strange habits of our Italian American lives…and why so much of it makes for comedy gold!

Grazie Mille,

The Italian American Podcast Team

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