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Life & Work with John Saponaro

Today we’d like to introduce you to John Saponaro.

John, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
I was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, otherwise known as “The Greatest Place on Earth!” In all seriousness, I feel incredibly fortunate to be from such a historic, eclectic and diverse place. It’s definitely shaped so much of who I am today. After visiting LA often, for work and play, I decided to pull the trigger and move here full time. It was hard moving away from the only place I had ever called home (and an amazing one at that!), but I felt like I had to. Something was drawing me here. Part of me wanted to be closer to the epicenter of the entertainment world. The other part of me just believes that you shouldn’t be born, live and die all in the same place, despite however great it might be. I had been working as a comedian, actor, host personality and voiceover artist, but I thought the geographical change might bring new opportunities.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Oh, absolutely! Apart from the routine challenges of this insane industry, I decided to move to LA in October of 2019, ya know, five months before the Covid-19 pandemic. I got here with three jobs and hit the ground running. A few short months later, I had no jobs and wasn’t sure if I was going to have to move home. It was an absolute whirlwind. If I’m being honest, in some ways, I’m not sure I’ve yet to fully recover, but who has? What I did manage to do was stick it out and make it through the worst of it without having to move away from LA. I’m very proud of that.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I do a little (or a lot) of everything. I’m a SAG-AFTRA actor, a standup comedian, and a voiceover artist. But right now, the thing that I’ve been focusing on the most is working as a host personality — in live events, TV, social media, podcasting, etc. I have a great gig as a touring announcer for Monster Jam, where I get to travel all over the world and provide play-by-play and commentary. I’ve also worked as a social media and live host for the New York Mets, which, as a lifelong fan, is a dream come true. I’ve also been very proud of the growth of my self-produced projects. First, a pandemic-born passion project called “In Bed with John” that was a satirical take on the new a la “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.” Most recently, it’s been my two podcasts; “‘Til Mets Do Us Part,” and “The Goddamn Jets” that have each garnered a nice following in a short amount of time.

That said, I’m gonna continue to seize every opportunity that comes my way and continues to make my own!

Do you have recommendations for books, apps, blogs, etc?
As someone who travels all the time and needs to take him content with him, my favorite apps are Spotify for all my music and basically every streaming platform under the sun! I’m a huge TV and film nerd, I love to binge shows and stay up to date on stuff like the MCU.

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