Dick Capri has taken the comedy world by storm and has left millions laughing in his comedic wake. In a career that has spanned two continents he has played every major entertainment medium including nightclubs, resorts, arenas, and theaters. Capri has even piled his trade on the Broadway stage and on national television. He has worked with such major stars as Tom Jones, Liza Minnelli, and Frank Sinatra.
Capri broke into international prominence in 1973 when he toured with Englebert Humperdinck. He honed his comedy craft performing at such venues as Radio City Music Hall and the Minskoff Theater in New York, as well as in major resorts in Las Vegas and the Palladium in London. While in England he also performed on a television special broadcast over the BBC
Capri made his Broadway debut in 1991 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theater, co-starring in the critically acclaimed Catskills On Broadway. The show played to sold-out houses for 14 months and later toured nationally, leaving audiences roaring with laughter night after night.
Capri had made several appearances on national television. He is part of Comedy Central’s highest-rated special, the comedically acclaimed New York Friars Club Roast In Honor Of Drew Cary. He also has had the privilege of performing for Presidents Gerald Ford and George Bush.
When not touring or making television appearances, Dick Capri can often be found doing what he does best-making people laugh-at the top Hotels in Atlantic City, Vegas, Reno, Tahoe and more. Capri writes most of his own material, much of it based on his own experiences from his travels. His unique style features a measured and deliberate delivery and his material is crisp and topical. This mix of comedy sets him distinctly apart from traditional stand-up comedians.
Born Richard Crupi in Reading, Pennsylvania, Capri started his show business career, believe it or not, as a clerk in his father’s grocery store-doing comedy mimes of the customers. When he ran out of characters there, he left the store to become a full-fledged impressionist and developed the unique comedic style that has become his trademark.
Check out Dick Capri on this fascinating episode of The History of Standup. (June 2019) Hugh Hefner and Playboy magazine prove to be an unlikely champion for an era of comedy between night clubs and the comedy boom. Featuring interviews with Dick Capri, Tom Dressen, Patty Farmer, Shecky Green, Kliph Nesteroff, Lily Tomlin and Fred Willard.