Comedy Central launched Cantone’s first stand-up special, “Comedy Central Presents Mario Cantone.” Since then, the network has featured his performances on USO Comedy Tour, Comics Come Home, Chappelle’s Show, “Comedy Central Roast of Denis Leary,” and “Comedy Central Roast of Joan Rivers.” Famously, during the 25-year run of ABC’s The View, Cantone holds the record for the most appearances as a guest or cohost.
Before that, however, Cantone was the host and writer on the children’s show Steampipe Alley. While still catering to kids 7-12 years old, Cantone skillfully slipped in pop culture innuendo that gave the kids’ show a huge and overwhelming audience of adults. His other television credits include the continuation of his role as Anthony in And Just Like That…, The Good Fight, Mom, Gravesend, Better Things, and Men in Trees. His appearances remain fan favorites on game and talk shows including The Match Game, Jeopardy, Wheel of Fortune, $100,000 Pyramid, Hollywood Squares, To Tell the Truth, I Can See Your Voice, About Last Night, Late Night with David Letterman, Jimmy Fallon, Conan, Wendy Williams, Martha Stewart, and The Today Show.
As a New York stage actor and stand-up comedian, he gained critical acclaim with his Tony Award-nominated one-man show, Laugh Whore, during its Broadway run at the Cort Theatre and the Showtime Network Special that captured the show for the television audience. He also starred on Broadway as Sam Byck in the Tony Award-winning Assassins, by Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman, and Buzz in Terrence McNally’s Tony Award-winning dramatic comedy, Love! Valor! Compassion! All three of these smash hit shows were directed by four-time Tony Award-winner Joe Mantello. His other theatre credits include Gidger in The Violet Hour (the original Broadway cast) and Stephano, opposite Patrick Stewart, in Shakespeare’s The Tempest, off-Broadway. Cantone also originated the roles of Terry in The Crumple Zone, directed by Jason Moore, and Matt in Steve, for the New Group, directed by Cynthia Nixon. He also starred in A Room of My Own, opposite Ralph Macchio, at the Abingdon Theatre. His feature film work includes Quiz Show (1994), directed by Robert Redford; Sony’s animated film Surf’s Up (2007); In Stereo (2015); The Aristocrats (2005); and, as Anthony Marentino, Sex and the City (2008) and Sex and the City 2 (2010). Cantone has wowed audiences on the stages of Carnegie Hall, Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, and the Borgata and the Golden Nugget in Atlantic City.