Comic Giulia Rozzi seeks name recognition

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PITTSFIELD — Giulia Rozzi is everywhere: big city comedy clubs, on television, in print — yet she's not quite a household name.

The mid-30s comedienne has performed stand-up across the country, written for and appeared on the small screen and has penned articles for such periodicals as Glamour and Huffington Post.

Despite Rozzi's body of work, she's akin to the character actress everyone has seen but can't quite place the name.

"It's still pretty hard being a recognized comic unless you're on a regular TV show," she said in a phone interview from her home in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Rozzi's name recognition should get a boost Wednesday night as she delivers her style of adult humor in The Garage at the Colonial Theatre, part of Berkshire Theatre Group's Laugh Lounge Series.

The Boston-area native seems to prefer the cozy, club atmosphere The Garage offers, compared to the Colonial's nearly 800-seat main stage.

"I pretty much talk on stage as when I'm out with friends," she said. "One of my favorite compliments was from someone who said, 'I felt like I was hanging out with a friend for a half an hour.'"

Growing up in Belmont as the daughter of Catholic-Italian immigrant parents, Rozzi attended Ithaca College. Around 2001, Rozzi said she "found comedy" and began to hone her skills with material rooted in life experience and observation of every day life. The language is strong, but not vulgar for vulgar's sake.

Rozzi is all about telling a story in a blunt, animated style that pokes fun at drugs, sex and mundane daily tasks.

"Comedy by nature is playful and artful," she said. "I like the narrative format and consider myself a truth-teller."

While Rozzi has 15 years of comedic experience, she says the career kicked into high-gear six years ago. Her resume includes writing MTV's "Girl Code" and "Silent Library," being a regular on VH1's "The Greatest," E!'s "Chelsea Lately," and starring in the independent film "Party Like It's A Verb."

She has been a cast member of two improv groups, scripted and performed two solo shows and written for several magazines.

As Rozzi looks to make more of a name for herself in the U.S., she notes the Internet has garnered her some international attention as 5-10 minute video snippets of her past performances can easily be found on the world wide web.

"I've had positive reaction from as far away as Ireland and Australia — countries I've never been too," she said.

A negative of Internet exposure; viewers tend to make narrow, unwanted judgements about a comic's work, according to Rozzi.

Hence, Rozzi looks to stand-up to cultivate a lasting following that begins with a good first impressive.

"I set the tone of the show by getting [audiences] to trust me and think we're pals — like I would, say, if I were welcoming you to my home."

Contact Dick Lindsay at 413-496-6233

IN PERFORMANCE

Who: Comedienne Giulia Rozzi

When: 8 p.m. Wednesday

Where: The Garage at Colonial Theatre, 111 South St., Pittsfield

Tickets: $12 in advance; $15 day of at the door

How: (413) 997-4444; berkshiretheatregroup.org; in person at Colonial Theatre box office


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