Tammy Pescatelli & Luca Palanca – Bio

Tammy Pescatelli is an American stand-up comedian. Tammy learned her skills growing up in a large Italian family outside of Cleveland and has married into an even bigger Italian family. Her most recent comedy special, Tammy Pescatelli: Finding the Funny (2013) was released recently in an exclusive deal with Netflix, which also hit number 3 on the charts on iTunes.  She won Comedy Central’s Stand-Up Showdown (2010) and was a finalist on the second and third seasons of Last Comic Standing (2003). She has performed on talk shows such as The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1992), The Talk (2010), and The View (1997). She has also been a guest a number of times on the syndicated show Comics Unleashed (2006), and was chosen for their “Best of the Best” worldwide top selling DVD.  Tammy star in the reality television show on WEtv, called A Stand Up Mother (2011), she also co-created, executive produced and wrote it, which related to her life as a mother, wife and comedian.  In 2014, she was chosen by Jenny McCarthy to be part of her Jenny McCarthy’s Dirty Sexy Funny (2014) comedy special on EPIX and tours alongside Lynne Koplitz, Paula Bel and ‘April Macie’) on the “Dirty, Sexy, Funny” comedy tour.  Tammy has also been a regular co-host on Jenny McCarthy’s SiriusXM radio show, “Dirty, Sexy, Funny,” as well as appearing on the ‘Howard Stern’ and Artie Lange radio shows.

Luca Palanca was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York – one of four boys, of Italian immigrant parents. Growing up in the neighborhood, his friends and family already knew he was a star, but when he landed the lead role in the off-Broadway play “Tony and Tina’s Wedding”, there were a lot of people saying “I told you!!”. Playing Tony for almost 2 years, allowed Luca to develop his improv comedy skills.  Realizing his love of comedy, Luca then began performing stand-up in clubs around the country, intriguing the audiences with his wise-cracking attitude. He decided to expand his talents in Los Angeles, where he made a name for himself as a comedian – performing at The” World Famous” Comedy Store, The Improv and The Laugh Factory.  When he wrote and starred in a short film called “Choose Life” – it went on to make a huge splash in the 2001 Sundance film festival. His acting skills were showcased during leading roles in the Jason Priestly movies “Zigs”and “Double Down”. Luca was proud to be cast in the late Bruno Kirby’s last film-“Played”, which also stars Gabiel Byrne and Val Kilmer.  The comedian/ actor/ writer, then wrote feature “Made in Brooklyn” – a film that includes 4 neighborhood stories. Luca wore many hats during the filming of the movie – producing, acting and directing. It stars many of the “Soprano’s” cast members, and several well-known comedians. “Made In Brooklyn” is scheduled for a 2007 theatrical release.  Still working as an actor, he has become a recurring character on the MTV series, “Short Circuitz” and Starred in “Gerald” with Louis Mandylor.  Luca also Produced Award winning film called “Break” and is an Executive Producer on “Flipped” a series shown on The Discovery channel. Luca is also Executive Producer on WETV’s “A Standup Mother”.  Not one to rest on success, Luca is currently working on the inspired by actual events movie, “Ball” as he continues to travel comedy stages around the world.