Joe Materese

Several years ago, after his first performance at the prestigious Montreal Comedy Festival, comedian Joe Matarese struck a developmental deal with VH1. Later, he had similar deal with NBC, but none of these projects came to fruition. He was, however, able to buy a house with the money they gave him. Indeed, his life sounds like a workable premise for a sitcom: After years of trudging through the single life in L.A., the Cherry Hill, New Jersey native moved back east and found true love. His wife has a Ph.D. in psychology. "As she would say, I'm smarter mentally than she is," he explains. "I'm street smart and emotionally smart. That kept me in the game. I'm a sensitive guy." Speaking of games, that's one area in where Joe can hold his own. "We have Scene It," he says. "She doesn't know movies as well as I do, but there's an option that's kind of like Wheel of Fortune where things start turning over and you yell it out. When it comes to letters and words, she kills me." Trivial Pursuit is another matter. "I will usually destroy her, especially on entertainment. I'm like crazy smart when it comes to that." 18+; 21+ later shows.
June 29-July 3, 8 p.m.; July 1-2, 10:30 p.m., 2011

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