Eddie Pepitone headlines Sunday Zoolarious comedy showcase | Arts and theater

Growing up in New York City in the 1960s, it didn’t take long for Eddie Pepitone to realize his last name sounded like royalty. Baseball royalty.

For that entire decade, first base at Yankee Stadium was manned by Joe Pepitone, who was best known for his smooth southpaw swing and Italian good looks.

As a boy, Eddie was constantly asked by friends if he was related to Joe.

“He was a big deal and I wanted to be popular,” said Eddie, now a touring actor and comedian who will headline Zoolarious on Sunday night at Zoo Bar. “I would say it was my uncle. You know, kids, they wouldn’t give up.”

The promise of autographed baseballs and bats worked for a while, but after a few years, his classmates caught on to the excitement.

“Eventually I was kicked out of town because they knew I was lying,” he said. “Now I tell people I’m related to (Derek) Jeter and they don’t believe me.”

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Yet it was then that his talent for storytelling took shape.

Pepitone, 63, moved to Southern California and is a fixture on the Los Angeles comedy scene. Plus, her TV and movie credits are impressive.

He appeared in films such as “The Muppets” and “Old School“. He has made numerous appearances on several comedy programs, including “Bob’s Burgers”, “The King of Queens”, and “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”.

In 2012, a documentary about Pepitone’s career titled “The Bitter Buddha” was released and the program was well received by critics.

And this will be his first performance at Lincoln, although he vividly remembers the two times he’s stopped here on cross-country trips.

The first time he was struck by the sight of an intense thunderstorm that lit up the sky. The second time was during a summer when a swarm of cicadas filled the summer nights with an unmistakable sound.

“I’ll never forget sitting in a really nice park with my girlfriend and hearing them and seeing them,” he said, “and then thinking we have to (hell) get out of here .”

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