The Italian Chicks
Maryann Boom Boom Maisano
Born and raised in Fort Lee, New Jersey, Maryann Maisano is a comedian, singer/songwriter, musician, actress - and former banker. "As a child, every Sunday in my home was like bad Italian dinner theatre", Maisano says. "One day, after dinner and before cannolis, I got up on a dining room chair and sang. That was it - at five years old, I knew exactly what I wanted to be when I grew up."
Winner of the New York City Songwriter Festival, Maisano recently completed recording her debut.CD of original compositions. Actor Danny Aiello, himself of big fan of the Italian Chicks, performs one of Maisano's songs, "City of Light", on his upcoming CD. Maisano also recently completed writing her one woman show, "The Agita Monologues", and plans to preview the show in 2011.She has opened for Joy Behar and Ray Romano.
Staten Island resident Mary Dimino is a familiar face on television, having appeared on Conan O'Brien and in sketches for David Letterman, VH-1, and Chris Rock. Last year, she won the 2009 MAC Award for Best Female Stand-Up in New York City. Dimino played the character Polly on "New York Undercover", and won the 2008 Gracie Allen Award for her work in the PBS film "Fat: What No One Is Telling You". Dimino premiered her one-woman show "Scared Skinny" at the New York City Fringe Festival in July 2010. The winner of the 2010 MAC award.
Texas native Carolann Valentino has performed at the Gotham Comedy Club, New York Comedy Club, and Caroline's on Broadway. Valentino's screen work includes the shows "Hell's Kitchen", "As the World Turns", and VH-1's "Best Week Ever", and the independent film "This Revolution" which was featured at the Sundance Film Festival. Her stage work has centered around musical theatre, including the roles of Diana Morales in "A Chorus Line", Anita in "West Side Story", and Lola in "Damn Yankees". Valentino recently previewed her one woman show, "Burnt at the Steak", at the Rouge Festival in California.
Gina Scarda, decided to become a stand-up comedian after retiring from the New York Police Department. A successful business entrepreneur, Scarda was recently named one of the "Top 50 Most Influential Women in Long Island" by Long Island Business News. Scarda portrays the mother in "Something About Ryan", winner of the 2010 Golden Ace Award at the Las Vegas Film Festival.