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STATEN ISLAND, NY – Johnny Potenza, late night talk show host at Staten Island Community Television (CTV) said, “It’s been hell for a year and a half.”
When the whole world was shut down due to the coronavirus, the producer / editor explains that he created a virtual show that he called “Lockdown with Johnny Potenza” and then “Up Late With Johnny Potenza Virtual Spotlight” which is finally made into this season’s “Up Late” With Johnny Potenza, “a show set to begin filming on October 7th.
Potenza has hosted guests from the music and entertainment world and is back to kick off the fall season as a late night talk show host aboard the innovative Staten Island variety show. Community Television (CTV).
“I started interviewing and talking with artists in the industry,” he said. “And later, the virtual show will turn into a podcast. But I will also continue to do my “Up Late With Johnny Potenza”.
The local talk show host hints that the season’s guest list includes names like Armand Assante, the classic tough guy actor and writer and the four-time Golden Globe-nominated / Emmy-winning actor (Gotti 1996) who received 12 Lifetime Achievement Awards; producer Sean Kanan, winner of a 2021 Emmy Award for his new drama series “Studio City”; actor Robert Costanzo, artist actress Kathrine Narducci (The Sopranos), comedian Brian Quinn of the Impassable Jokers, actor William Forsythe and comedian Mike Marino, who will headline the St. George Theater on October 15th.
During his more than 10 years with the series, Potenza served as a producer, editor, and host, and found himself interviewing legendary TV personality Joe Franklin, Sopranos. regular, Vincent Pastore and Robert Clohessy of “Blue Bloods”.
Most recently, on his new show “Up Late with Johnny Potenza”, he hosted “The Amazing Kreskin”, best known for his entertaining appearances on “The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson”, as well as comedian and creator of Uncle. The actor in Vinny’s videos, Anthony Rodia.
Then there’s radio personality, comedian Goumba Johnny, who opens for Rodia and will appear at the St. George Theater on November 13.
The first of the Potenza lineup is Nicole Doz, Miss Staten Island 2018, who is also a supervisor of the city’s sanitation department and now holds the title of Miss New York for America Strong 2021, comedian Rich Carucci and the author Frank DiMatteo.
A LITTLE ABOUT POTENZA
The Prince’s Bay resident always loves to remember memorable moments from past shows. But the format continues to cover a variety of topics and spotlights people in the entertainment world including songwriters, writers, artists, songwriters, actors, and comedians.
His life before reality TV: he was a drummer at the age of 12 and studied under the tutelage of people like Frank Bellucci and Jim Chapin, father of the Harry Chapin. He found his place in the music world and performed in a band called NYB (None of Your Business).
SCHEDULE OF THE SHOW
On Spectrum, “Late Night with Johnny Potenza” airs at 11 pm Thursdays on Channel 79. On Verizon, it airs Thursdays at 11 pm on Channel 35.
The show is pre-recorded in front of a studio audience on the first Thursday of each month starting October 7. You can also watch it on Youtube or Vimeo.com, for free. For studio seating, connect to firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a seat for the show. Check out the tab that says studio audience. The studio audience is seated at 7:30 p.m. Show time, 8 p.m.
For more information, visit www.johnnyptv.com All guests in the studio audience must have a COVID-19 vaccination card to enter CTV studios.
CELEBRATIONS – OCT. 3 TO OCTOBER. 9
Happy Birthday Sunday to Jacqueline Haley, Sarah McGarry, Jordan Nicole Anderson who turns 19, Steven Roberts, Christopher Motola, Isabelle Pillarella and John Cocozza.
Monday is the birthday of 11-year-old Rocco R. Andriulli, Sarah McGarry, Egan Geraghty, twins Chelsea Rae and Melanie Smith, Sydney Marie D’Agostino and Ava Rose Tripo.
Oldies and American Bandstand Girl Carol Brower Rabold, also celebrates a birthday Monday.
Kent “Jumbo” Smith celebrates a birthday Tuesday with Norma Arce and James Schettino. Happy wedding anniversary Tuesday to Joanne and Vince Mahoney and to Melissa and Brian Kraker, who are turning 19.
Happy Birthday Wednesday to Ann Robisky, Claudine Sausa, Billy Thurman, Daniel LaTuja, Nicholas Trischitta and Anthony Reinhart.
Bob and Jane Dennis of Prince’s Bay celebrate their wedding anniversary on Wednesday.
Happy Birthday Thursday to Joey Coluccio, Kristine Johnson, Karl Robert Emigholz and Christopher DeSantis.
Happy Birthday Friday to artist Carl Thomas, Carmine Manna, Lisa Morrongiello, Charles Heuser, Denise Arena, Patrick Namorato, Eric Reyes, Julia Susi, Jessica LaBetti and Christopher Motola.
Happy wedding anniversary Friday to Joan and Harry Rice.
Kathleen Lisi is having a birthday on Saturday, as are Leo Dominick Goldman, Janet LaMantia, Eric Ortiz, Scott Zepprich, Jane Cambria and Victoria Cordaro.