Al began his career in comedy, while serving in the U.S. Navy, cutting his teeth in the open-mic circuit of Tidewater, Virginia. Al's performances in Norfolk bars and Virginia Beach clubs before audiences of rowdy college students, rowdier sailors, and sunburned tourists allowed him to hone his act, and he soon graduated to paid gigs throughout the region.
Within a few short years of his start as an anonymous open-miker , Al found himself living in New York, performing in New York City in clubs such as TheÂ ComedyÂ Cellar, Stand Up NY and Carolines, while also logging thousands of miles on the road. Â Al's hilarious material and his natural rapport with his audiences also got him gigs opening for some of the biggest names in comedy during the late 80s/early 90s, names such as Jerry Seinfeld , Jim CarreyÂ and Dennis Miller.
Al is a firmly established headliner who has delighted audiences in an impressive list of venues ranging from Radio City Music Hall for ESPN's Espy Awards toÂ Las Vegas, Atlantic City and various major Cruise Lines.Â Al also has numerous television appearances under his belt, including VH1's "Standup Spotlight"Â , Â A&E's "Evening at the Improv" , MTV'sÂ "Half Hour Comedy Hour" and Comedy Central's "Short Attention Span Theater."Â He was recently featured in the Sunday New York Times in an article titled, "Clever, How They Earn That Laugh" about comedians and the different ways they make a living.
Al's material covers a broad range of topics, from growing up on suburban Long IslandÂ to marriage and much, much more. Al knows his audience, and his give and take with each crowd ensures that no two performances will be alike. as told to Clifford Fewel in "Two Drink Minimum," Al says of his skills: "I can go from doing a 1,000 seat theater to a bar gig in front of 50 people. I enjoy both because they require different skills; a corporate gig is a completely different show from a comedy club. The ability to work anywhere is what takes time. The good thing is I still enjoy the process."
Al Romas does not want to see what the Dateline lamp exposes.
Al Romas misses the good old days of Hooters. Luckily he has a reminder.