John Caponera always knew he wanted to be in show business, but in what dimension was undetermined until the summer of 1979, when Caponera entered a talent show at a local bar in Chicago. After doing several impressions, he walked away with the $500 winner's pot and a realization that he might have something to offer in the world of comedy.
Caponera's instincts proved right and after two years working the Chicago comedy club circuit, Caponera took his act on the road, where he was immediately accepted. He has honed his act over a 17-year career performing to audiences all over the world. Caponera is considered a comic's comic, a true professional offering a mix of material from topical to impressions, to characterizations to stories and one-liners.
Michael Paskevich of the Las Vegas Review-Journal writes, "Unafraid of letting a room grow quiet, Caponera sets his own intentionally erratic pace, pausing to perfection to complement his oddly timed but rewarding comic insights. The jokes are further bolstered by his talent for facial gestures that range from goofy to arrogant, making Caponera arguably the hottest club headliner going at present."
Howell J. Malham Jr. of the Chicago Tribune writes, "Every so often, the kingdom of comedy is graced with a gifted, naturally refined performer who can effectively demonstrate the transcendental powers of the medium, while making it look deceptively easy."
You may recognize Caponera as the star of his own sitcom called The Good Life, or as the host of Comedy Central's sports show Jocks and ESPN's Talk II. Other credits include guest star appearances on ER, Love & War, Blossom, Tales from the Crypt, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Dennis Miller Show, L.A. Law, NBC's miniseries Drug Wars, The John Larroquette Show, The Drew Carey Show, The Crew, and the ESPY Awards.