Joe was born in Chicago and raised in Virginia Beach. He graduated from Norfolk State University with a B.A. Degree in Sociology. Joe moved to Washington DC and started working as a case worker in a halfway house and later as a probation counselor. While working there Joe would perform stand up comedy at the Comedy Cafe. One of Joe’s fellow comedians was a young Dave Chappelle. Dave and I would sit in the back of the club waiting to do our five minutes. Sometimes I would give Dave a ride home and we would talk about how our shows went.
Joe moved to the New York area to pursue comedy fulltime. Shortly after moving there, he was booked to do Showtime at the Apollo. I was scared to death because the Apollo was a rough audience and you better entertain them. Sinbad introduced me and then it was on. I went out there and tore the Apollo up! After that, I appeared on a lot of other shows and toured up and down the east coast.
Joe has been to Iraq and Afghanistan to entertain the troops. He was the last season winner of BET's Coming To The Stage BET's number one show on BET, and recently appeared on Comics Unleashed with Byron Allen. In addition, Corporate Events -- Harrisburg Automotive Trade Association Banquet, Northwest BMW Banquet.
Joe's comedy relates to everyone no matter what your background laughter is the common denominator that breaks down barriers. We might come from different walks of life but we all laugh the same. My comedy is a ministry designed to entertain, uplift and inspire comedy should take you to another place so that you leave better than you came.
What does HBO, Showtime at the Apollo and BET Comic View have in common? Joe Recca has appeared on all of them. And has written for DL Hughley on The Kings of Comedy movie.
Joe has gone on to work with comedy greats like Chris Rock, Dave Chapelle, and Tommy Davidson to name a few. He has also written for D.L. Hughley, star of the television show the Hughleys.
Joe’s television credits include:
* BET Coming to the Stage
* BET Comic View
* HBO Def Comedy Jam
* Showtime at the Apollo
* Apollo Comedy Hour
* Uptown Comedy Club
* The Monique Show
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