Tony Tripoli spent 4 incredible years as a regular opening act for JOAN RIVERS, and his hilarious stand-up can be seen all around the U.S., and on gay cruises.
For 4.5 years Tony was Head Writer/Senior Producer on E!‘s hit show, “FASHION POLICE.” He was also a Producer/Cast Member on “JOAN AND MELISSA: Joan Knows Best” on WEtv, as well as the online phenomenon, “IN BED WITH JOAN.”
Previously, He was the only male writer on STYLE’S first scripted comedy, “The Dish”. (“The Soup” for gals and gays...He was in heaven.)
Tony played the Indian from the Village People on an episode of “Frank TV”, which he considers his most offensive race-related joke EVER. He also appears as a talking head on clip shows like “50 Super Epic TV Moments”, “TV Guide’s 25 Sexiest Couples”, “TV Guide’s 25 Most Hilarious Commercials”, and others that you have seen playing with the sound off in mid-level nails salons across the country.
If you watch “Two and a Half Men”, then you saw him as the prissy gay guy with the black husband and the adopted Chinese son. If you missed it, trust me; he was hilarious.
Tony Co-Starred alongside BO DEREK and MORGAN FAIRCHILD, in “Fashion House”, the very first Englishlanguage Telenovella, airing on the new MY NETWORK TV (owned by FOX Television) . Someone told him that being on TV 6 nights a week changes your life. That person obviously never worked for Fox.
Before that, Tony appeared on BRAVO’s EMMY WINNING hit show, “Kathy Griffin: my life on the D-list”, as Kathy’s main gay; a role he beat out half of West Hollywood to get.
Tony grew up in Phoenix, Arizona; and while he wouldn’t relive a single minute of his childhood for any amount of money, it will always be home...He began singing at the age of two, and toured the U.S. and Taiwan with the Phoenix Boys’ Choir. He did a crapload of shows throughout high school and also smoked pot twice...both times, he cried and fell asleep. Yep, this guy LOVES to party...
He moved to Los Angeles in 1989, attended the acclaimed American Academy of Dramatic Arts, and upon graduation, put his degree to great use by moving to Japan to play Prince Charming in parades at Tokyo Disneyland. Tony has sung on NBC’s “Must-See TV”, worked as a Chippendale (yeah, that’s right.... the strippers), and, in a real moment of pride, sang Cole Porter songs for the American Plumber’s Association, on stage with a dozen toilets.
From 2001 to 2005, he owned the Studio City location of MY GYM Children’s Fitness Centers, teaching gymnastics to kids from 3 months to 12 years of age. In 2005, he sold the business and went into comedy, thereby beginning his quest to become “THE GAY OPRAH."