SPRING HILL - Television, film, theater, and nightclub entertainer Joe Piscopo will perform at Palace Grand in Spring Hill Jan. 26.
In 1980, Piscopo was tasked with replacing the original cast of Saturday Night Live, according to a news release, and by the time he left the show in 1985 had left his mark on the program and its viewership, thanks to a wide range of original characters and celebrity impersonations.
Among those were The Sports Guy, Doug Whiner, David Letterman and Frank Sinatra, who repeatedly endorsed Piscopo's portrayal of him and referred to Piscopo as "the Vice-Chairman of the Board."
His work on SNL led to Hollywood, and starring roles in hits such as Wise Guys, with Danny DeVito; and Johnny Dangerously, with Michael Keaton.
In January 1996, Piscopo starred on Broadway as disc jockey Vince Fontaine in "Grease!"
Piscopo also pioneered television commercials, pitching Miller Lite, GNC, Bally's and Ragu.
Piscopo recently has won praise for guest-starring roles on the NBC drama Law and Order, on the FOX News Channel and as co-host of The Columbus Day Parade each year in New York City with Maria Bartiromo.
Piscopo also was a co-host on The Late Show with David Letterman.
Tickets are $40 and available through the Palace Grand box office at (727) 863-7949, or online at www.palacegrand.com
Doors open at 3 p.m. with reserved seating and dinner included, as well as a cash bar.