Birth Name: Mario Cantone
Birth Place: Stoneham, Massachusetts, USA
Born Dec. 9, 1959 in Stoneham, MA, Cantone was the son of restaurateurs Liz and Mario Cantone, Sr. Raised in a large - and by his own description, exceptionally boisterous - Italian-American family, Cantone's comically tumultuous upbringing sowed the seeds for much of the material he would mine later in his career. Having discovered a passion for theater while attending Stoneham High School, from which he graduated in 1978, Cantone enrolled at Emerson College as a drama student. There, he continued his stage work and began flirting with the idea of stand-up comedy. Turning to acting professionally in 1983, Cantone began performing stand-up in New York and had his big break through on VH1"'s ...
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