<p>Bored and disgusted with his degree in advertising, New Jersey native Mario DiGiorgio moved to Austin, Texas and began writing comedy in between a dozen restaurant jobs. After watching three months’ worth of open-mics, he gave it a go. Eight months later, Mario secured the title of the nationally-recognized comedy contest, The Funniest Person in Austin.
He followed up by becoming a finalist in the HBO/Aspen Open Call for stand-up; was a finalist in Comedy Central’s Laugh Riots competition; a finalist in 2008's Boston Comedy Festival contest for stand-ups; and was featured on Comedy Central’s Premium Blend. Mario also performed at the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal, on the festival’s Bubbling with Laughter and Best of the Fest events.
Mario also obtained a national book deal with Last Gasp Publishing for his dark, yet laugh-out-loud <i>Cynic's Guide to a Rich and Full Life</i>, and founded his own sardonic, laconic and iconic t-shirt company, <b>big nose little dog designs</b>.