Around the World in 80 Buffets
Sadly John has left us but we always thought he was truly funny.
John was born in Boston on March 23, 1964, and graduated from Malden Catholic High in 1982. He graduated from the University of Massachusetts Lowell in 1986 with a degree in Accounting. He started a career in accounting, but on the advice of friends left to pursue a career in comedy.
He got his big break when he was asked to tour with Frank Sinatra.
Pinette was in Duets, Dear God, and Junior. He was a regular on the series Parker Lewis Can’t Lose, and in 1998 starred as the carjack victim in the final episode of Seinfeld. In 2004, Pinette was Bumpo in Artisan Entertainment’s The Punisher, starring Thomas Jane and John Travolta.
He was named Stand-Up Comedian of the Year by the American Comedy Awards in 1999 and received a Gemini Award nomination for his televised performance at Montreal’s Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in 2000. As of his death, he still held the record for the highest selling one person show in the history of Just for Laughs.
In 2004, John Pinette joined the touring cast of the musical Hairspray in the role of Edna Turnblad. He later went on to the Broadway production in 2005, and continued in the role until May 28, 2006. In his 2006 concert I’m Starvin’, he said it was the first musical theater production he had been in since high school.
In 2004, Pinette’s stand up material was featured in Comedy Central’s animated series Shorties Watchin’ Shorties. In 2007, Pinette performed at the 42nd annual MDA Jerry Lewis Telethon. He performed at the Edinburgh Comedy Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 2008, and toured in cities in 2010 beginning in April. During this tour, Pinette recorded a Comedy Central special entitled “John Pinette: Still Hungry”. The taping took place at the Vic Theatre in Chicago. The world premiere of “John Pinette: Still Hungry” was on July 29, 2011, on Comedy Central.