Up close with actor Steve Schirripa

August 6, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
Actor Steve Schirripa joins us in the studio to discuss his latest project, "The Secret Life of the American Teenager."

Event: RadioShack's 3-day "Netogether" to connect New York and San Francisco via larger-than-life laptop computers

FREE public event features entertainment, games and more

When: Thursday, Aug. 6 through Saturday Aug. 8, 2009; 3 a.m. until 9 p.m. PDT daily (corresponding with the New York City event that runs 6 a.m. until 12 midnight EDT).

Where: Justin Herman Plaza on the Embarcadero in San Francisco (One Market Street)

What: RadioShack is hosting a FREE three-day "Netogether" event connecting pedestrians, celebrities, tech experts and performers at Justin Herman Plaza on the Embarcadero in San Francisco with their counterparts on Military Island in New York's Times Square.

The event will run simultaneously in both cities and will feature two gigantic 11x17-foot laptop computer set-ups with webcams and 7x13-foot screens connecting the coastal cities with live video and audio exchanges.

Why: Throughout the event, which is free to the public, the laptops will provide a forum for entertaining ways to connect with others who are 3,000 miles away. With a mix of performers, tech experts and participants on opposite coasts, there will be live music, entertainment, games and real-time connections with loved ones during the course of three days of wall-to-wall connectivity.

The objective of the "Netogether" event is to demonstrate that RadioShack is a leading destination for connectivity and mobility products and services. RadioShack is all about keeping people connected in this highly mobile world through innovative technology and services - all from the best brands.

Who: Passersby who want to talk with people at the event in NYC, tech experts, entertainers, kids from the Boys & Girls Clubs

Public Info: 888-667-4225 and www.radioshack.com

About Steve Schirripa:
Steve Schirripa was born in Brooklyn, NY - a city noted more for the "mob" stereotype. But stereotypes, like a wise guy's alibi, can be misleading. A series regular on David Chase's acclaimed HBO drama "The Sopranos", the Brooklyn College graduate's acting odyssey began while working at a hotel on the Las Vegas strip. Once the entertainment director of The Riviera Hotel in Las Vegas, Steve worked with such comedians as Drew Carey, Kevin Pollack and Bruce Baum. His cameo roles in their comedy specials led to episodic work on the big and small screen, with Steve continually appearing in more productions. Over the past few years, Schirripa has guest starred on "Ugly Betty," "Joey," "Enterprise," "Law & Order," "My Wife and Kids", "Ed," "The George Lopez Show," and "The King of Queens."

As a regular popular guest on the talk show circuit, "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" approached Steve to be a special correspondent; to date Steve has appeared on the show over a dozen times. He is also a correspondent for "The Today Show", and a regular film critic on "the Showbiz Show". Steve has been a guest on the following shows; "Late Night with Conan O'Brien," "Good Morning America," "The View," "Good Day Live," "Fox and Friends," "Best Damn Sports Show Period," "Last Call with Carson Daly," "Jimmy Kimmel," "The Late Late Show," "Imus" and several other national and regional programs. Schirripa was also the host of Spike TV's series "Casino Cinema."

Steve's big screen credentials are as formidable as his portrayal of Bobby Bacala. Schirripa recently won best supporting actor in the New York Independent Film Festival for his role in WHAT ARE THE ODDS. Steve also stars in DUANE HOPWOOD, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. He can be seen in the Newline feature film HIGH ROLLER. He's played memorable characters in MONDAY NIGHT MAYHEM with John Turturro, with David Spade in MEET JOE DIRT and with David Arquette in SEE SPOT RUN. Schirripa also appeared in DETROIT ROCK CITY, FLINTSTONES-VIVA ROCK VEGAS, Martin Scorsese's CASINO and Terry Gilliam's FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS. He recently lent his voice to Sony Pictures animated film OPEN SEASON 2. Schirripa will next star in THE HUNGRY GHOSTS, directed by his Sopranos' cast mate Michael Imperioli. The film and Schrripa's work has gotten much critical praise. Jason Guerrasio of Filmmaker Magazine says THE HUNGRY GHOST is a "gripping...an impressive debut film that offers an uncompromising look at the complexities of life and the redemptive qualities we need to get through it?Steve Schirripa gives a remarkable performance."

Schirripa can also add published writer to his list of credits. The National Bestseller, A GOOMBA'S GUIDE TO LIFE published by Clarkson Potter, is his first in a series of three Goomba guidebooks. This comical book co-written by Charles Fleming, includes chapters on growing up in Brooklyn, great Goomba's in history, and goomba's do's and Don't. His second book THE GOOMBA'S BOOK OF LOVE and his third THE GOOMBA DIET, "For Those with an Appetite for Life," are currently in stores. With the popularity of the Goomba series, Steve was asked to write Goomba books for young adults, the first entitled NICKY DUECE: WELCOME TO THE FAMILY, which was followed up by NICKY DUECE: HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS. Because of the book's success, Nickelodeon optioned the NICKY book idea, and is currently in pre-production on transforming the book into a film. Schirripa is attached as an Executive Producer and actor to the project.

Steve recently appeared as a guest judge on the 6th season of the hit NBC show "Last Comic Standing." Steve is currently starring on the hit ABC Family series, "The Secret Life of the American Teenager." The series is ABC Family's #1 original series of all-time across the board, averaging 4 million total viewers per episode this summer, and ranked a dominant #1 in its time slot versus all cable in all key demos. The series also won the network's first Teen Choice Award for "Choice Summer TV Show." "Secret Life of the American Teenager" was picked up for a full second season to begin airing this summer. Next up, Steve will host NBC's new poker themed game show entitled FACE THE ACE. In this high stakes competition, contestants will play against professional Poker players in heads-up no limit Texas Hold'Em, an exciting game that requires confidence, aggression, and bluffing. The grand prize will be $1 million. The show will air on NBC in primetime on Aug 1st and 8th.


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