Joe Messina’s Profile

Joe Messina is a comedian who writes liberal satire.




From the time I was a kid watching Seinfeld with my dad, I was fascinated with what comedians do. Even when I didn’t understand the subject matter, I recognized comedy’s power to break down the details of our world that most people take for granted. Then my camp counselors read to us from George Carlin’s Napalm & Silly Putty when I was 12, and all hope of my growing up a normal person was lost.

When I was 17 I saw a flyer at school for a comedy night at the local student coffeehouse. At this moment I realized that instead of just individually annoying my friends with my attempts to be funny, I could annoy a large group of my friends all at once with my voice amplified. I did well enough that night to develop a serious laugh addiction and I have never recovered.

In college I was president of IC Stand Up at Ithaca College, a group that put on monthly comedy shows in the student center for people trying to study. For several semesters I wrote on and acted in a sketch comedy show on Ithaca’s student TV network. In 2013 I moved to Philadelphia and now perform throughout Philly and New York.

My comedy has been described as cerebral, intellectual, and sanctimonious. But I think you can handle it.