BY GEORGE J. DACRE
Meaney will bring his brand of humor, which includes many references to his mother, to the popular Turning Point Cafe. His advance ads refers to phrases such as “We’re big pants people,” which he claims that his mother said to him when he put on tight pants to go out.
Among others, “Mom-isms” include “That’s Not Right,” “What’s wrong with you kids?,” and “We’re going to lose the house.”
“What’s funny these days?” asked Meaney. “How about Mitt Romney and riding his dog on top of a car and Lance Armstrong professing he did no doping?”
Meaney was brought up in an Irish-Catholic family in White Plains. He got his start in show business acting in high school and college plays in Valhalla High School in Westchester County and at New York State University in upstate New York, respectively. While he was taking a public speaking course, a mentor suggested that he should begin to perform.
“I used to watch Johnny Carson a lot and learned a lot from him,” he said. Later on in his career, Meaney performed on several of Carson’s shows, had a part in a Tom Hanks movie, and performed in areas such as the Catskills, China, Hong Kong, Vietnam, and Singapore.
Tickets for Meaney’s August 10 gig at Turning Point are available at wideopenproductions.com or at the Turning Point Café in Piermont.