President & Founder
Joe Sanfelippo, founder and President of Bonkerz Comedy Productions, has been producing Live and TV/Cable Performances since 1984. In addition to owning the 24-unit, Bonkerz Comedy Club chain, Joe has been personally involved in the careers of famous stand-ups and comic actors. CBS’ “Mike and Molly” star Billy Gardell, SNL co-star Darrell Hammond, Larry The Cable Guy, Carrot Top, Andrew Dice Clay, and even the legendary Sam Kinison are some of those people.
Joe has cast and co-produced several Comedy Central and Showtime specials. Some of which include, “Funniest Person in America”, “Showtime’s Comedy Club Network” and “Billy Gardell’s Road Dogs of Comedy” filmed on location in Las Vegas. Joe has also been involved in the comic casting portion for shows. He’s had his hand in casting for Star Search, NBC’s Stand-up for Diversity, ABC’s America’s Funniest people and NBC’s America’s Got Talent. He has placed over a dozen comics on shows, including America’s Got Talent Grand Finalist, “Grandma Lee”.
In his spare time, Joe loves to cook and entertain friends and family. His knowledge of the Las Vegas restaurant scene combined with his willingness to try new cuisines make him great company when you are in town.