Comedian performs anniversary show in Chi-Town

Amadeo Fusca, actor and comedian, is pleased to come to Chicago to perform his one-man comedy show “Men Are From Mars—Women Are From Venus Live!”

By Ariel Parrella-Aureli

For Amadeo Fusca, Feb. 14 was not just celebrating love. It was the 100th performance of his one-man show, “Men Are From Mars—Women Are From Venus Live!,” which opened in Chicago Feb. 14 and is produced by Emery Entertainment.

The show, which  runs until March 5 at the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place, 175 E. Chestnut St., is a production of the Off-Broadway hit based on the 1992 New York Times best-selling book of the same name by relationship expert John Gray. The show, written by Eric Coble and starring Fusca, explores relatable relationship vignettes with a comedic angle. 

The Pittsburgh native has appeared on Netflix’s “Dardevil,” HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire” and won the Friars Club “So You Think You Can Roast” contest in 2013, for which he got to roast famous comedians Jack Black, Sarah Silverman and Amy Schumer.

Before Fusca’s Chicago premiere, The Chronicle spoke with him about the show, relationship lessons he has learned, and how his comedic skills have matured since he won the roasting contest. 

THE CHRONICLE: What attracted you to the show?

AMADEO FUSCA: I’m an actor comedian; I do all kinds of sketch improv, stand up, theater acting and film, so the show is like a big amalgamation of all that. I was very interested and drawn to what it was and wanted to work my a– off to make sure I went in there with a really great, prepared audition to make sure I got the job. 

What was it like to roast comedians such as Jack Black?

That experience was amazing. I won this competition, and this was in my early days of comedy, so it was surreal. 

What did you learn from the competition and comedians?

I had a lot of big jokes, but I also had some jokes that didn’t go over as well as I thought they would. As a young comedian, the things we fight with—as I have struggled with—is your fear of when something doesn’t go according to plan. I’ve gotten to a point now where I commit, stay loose, [and] know the material. There is no need to have to give over to that [fear].

What has this show taught you about your own relationships?

There’s a lot of points  I’ve applied to my own life, like I take out the trash. I’ve never thought anything of it [but my partner] appreciates it. Things like listening, understanding, [and] communicating better—stuff we take for granted. 

What are the challenges and benefits of  a one-man show?

The challenges are it’s just me, but I have a great team behind me. The producers have been doing the show for a while. They present you with this script, but they bring in a new actor, so this show needs to feel personal to the actor. What they are so cool about is allowing me to go in there and transform and tweak a lot of the script in my own words and personal experiences.