Nicholas Rocco "Nick" DiPaolo (born January 31, 1962) is an American stand-up comedian, Emmy nominated writer, actor and radio host. He was formerly the co-host of The Nick & Artie Show alongside comedian Artie Lange.
DiPaolo has written and performed three stand up specials for Comedy Central Presents, appeared in the HBO Young Comedians Special and an hour-long comedy special Raw Nerve, which he wrote, performed and produced. It premiered on Showtime on April 30, 2011.
He was a regular on the short lived Comedy Central show Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn. He has appeared on several roasts for the network including The Comedy Central Roast of Pamela Anderson, The Comedy Central Roast of Denis Leary, The Comedy Central Roast of Jeff Foxworthy and The Comedy Central Roast of Larry the Cable Guy.
DiPaolo voiced the "Baby Nick" character alongside comedian Patrice O'Neal, who was "Baby Patrice" in the animated series Shorties Watchin' Shorties. He has done several "Comics Come Home" specials for the network as well.
He has been cast as a police officer in Artie Lange's movie Beer League, in The Sopranos, and in numerous sketches on The Chris Rock Show, where he worked as a writer for two seasons. His writing was nominated for two Emmy Awards. He also wrote for The 77th Annual Academy Awards and the MTV Video Music Awards.
He has been a frequent guest on The Joy Behar Show, Red Eye w/ Greg Gutfeld, Fox & Friends and Hannity. Other talk show appearances include The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Conan, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Last Call with Carson Daly, Howard Stern on Demand, and The Daily Show.
Other television appearances include The Colin Quinn Show on NBC, a recurring role on Grace Under Fire, NewsRadio, Suddenly Susan and The Smoking Gun Presents.
He has also been a favorite guest on radio shows including The Howard Stern Show, The Opie and Anthony Show and The Dennis Miller Show. He has filled in for Dennis Miller, Dan Patrick, Tony Bruno and others. DiPaolo hosted The Nick DiPaolo Show on 92.3 Free FM in New York City until May 24, 2007, when the station changed formats to all music. In October 2011, DiPaolo began co-hosting, with Artie Lange, the syndicated sports/entertainment talk show, The Nick & Artie Show.
He was cast as the building super on Louis C.K.'s HBO show Lucky Louie, and appeared with a recurring role in Louis C.K.'s FX series Louie, which began airing on June 29, 2010. In one episode, Louie aggressively argues with DiPaolo's character about the latter's dislike of Barack Obama, to the point that a physical fight breaks out and DiPaolo's character hurts his hand. Louie then takes his friend to the hospital where they have "a genuine heart-to-heart conversation about the difficulties of marriage." In the series, Louie (like his creator/portrayer) is divorced and shares joint custody of his children with his ex-wife. DiPaolo's character is "married happily, but he has no children, and his wife and he have passed that sort of point where they can't have kids and now they're faced with just each other 'til one of them is going to lose the other. And there's a melancholy feeling to that. But I envy it, because I'm alone," said C.K. in an interview.
DiPaolo is also active in supporting U.S. troops. He has done USO tours in Cuba and Japan, and in 2008, DiPaolo visited soldiers serving in Afghanistan as part of a six-person USO/Armed Forces Operation Mirth Comedy Tour with Artie Lange and Dave Attell.
As of January 2013, it was announced that Nick would be leaving the The Nick & Artie Show to 'pursue some great opportunities'. The show has since been left in the hands of Artie Lange and renamed.
DiPaolo says he opposes "political correctness that has ruined this country." In an article written in the wake of Don Imus's firing by CBS Radio, DiPaolo was featured as part of the shock radio "brethren", and was described "mocking a manual that, he said, one of his bosses had given him that morning ... entitled 'Words Hurt and Harm.' ... 'Right away, we're starting with a false premise,' DiPaolo told his listeners .... 'Because words don't hurt.'"