The last time actor, songwriter, and director Jerry Dixon (If/Then, Once on This Island, tick, tick…BOOM!) and comic/actor Mario Cantone (Sex in the City, Assassins) teamed up, they created Laugh Whore, Cantone’s wickedly entertaining and Tony-nominated one-man show-turned-Showtime special. Now, one of the New York theater world’s favorite married couples have created How Long Has This Been Going On?, to deliver a delicious evening of stories, songs, and laughs. The duo recently performed their new show, to a sold-out crowd, for the 17th season of Lincoln Center’s American Songbook series - featuring classics from the catalogues of George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Harold Arlen, Roger Miller, and more in an engaging show that is sure to delight Broadway, popular music, and comedy fans alike.
Mario Cantone, starred on as SAM BYCK in the Tony-winning Assassins, by Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman, BUZZ in Terrence McNally's Tony award-winning dramatic comedy, Love! Valor! Compassion! Later, he would be celebrated for creating Laugh Whore. All three of these hit Broadway shows were directed by four-time Tony-winner Joe Mantello. His other Broadway credits include GIDGER, in The Violet Hour (original Broadway cast), and STEPHANO (with Patrick Stewart), in Shakespeare's The Tempest (George C. Wolfe director). Off-Broadway he originated the roles of TERRY in The Crumple Zone (Jason Moore director), and MATT in Steve (Cynthia Nixon director), and UNCLE JACKIE in A Room Of My Own (co-starring with Ralph Macchio).
On Comedy Central he was featured on The USO Comedy Tour, Chappelle Show, Denis Leary Roast, and Joan Rivers Roast. It was also home to his first solo stand-up special Comedy Central Presents Mario Cantone.
Cantone got his start hosting the local New York children's show Steampipe Alley, where the comic slipped in sly pop culture innuendo that adults could enjoy.
Feature films include Quiz Show, directed by Robert Redford, Sony's animated film, Surf's Up, In Stereo, The Aristocrats, and Sex and the City 1 and Sex and the City 2, as Anthony Marentino, as well as the HBO’s series. Other TV credits include ABC’s Men In Trees, and VH1’s Hindsight. As well as appearances on Late Night with David Letterman, Jimmy Fallon, Oprah, Conan, Martha Stewart, Meredith Viera, The Today Show, and throughout its 18 year run, multiple appearances, as guest and co-host, on ABC’s The View.
Jerry Dixon has appeared on Broadway, and off, starring in the original casts of Once On This Island (DANIEL), Five Guys Named Moe (NOMAX), Bright Lights Big City (TAD), tick, tick… Boom! (MICHAEL), and If/Then (STEPHEN). Most recently, he appeared as BRIAN (opposite his husband), in the original off-Broadway, play, Steve. On screen, he can be seen, as LYLE on He's With Me (YouTube series season two), and THATCH (NBC season three), on Gotham.
As a director, Dixon has helmed premiere productions of Barnstormer, Take Me America, Great Wall, Gun and Powder and the first full production of Kirtsen Child’s Funked Up Fairy Tales. Regional direction credits include Show Boat, Bernarda Alba, Two Gentlemen of Verona, and The Full Monty.
Dixon has written special material for The USO, CBS, VH1, Comedy Central, and The View. His original musical Guess Who’s Coming for Chitlins? premiered at the Thalia Theatre, in Hamburg, Germany.
As a featured soloist, Dixon has sung with Belgian National Symphony, The National Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan, and an evening of Sondheim with the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra. He has directed the concerts of Tom Kitt & Brian Yorkey, and Tony-winner LaChanze for Lincoln Center’s American Songbook, as well as performing for the celebrated series.