Pitta Party

The ‘90s were good to Mark Pitta. Not only did the San Francisco-based stand-up comedian host the Totally Hidden Video program on FOX; he also appeared on Jay Leno, guest starred on the sitcom Mad About You, and was all over the Comedy Central airwaves.

So, did this snowball of showbiz success continue past the Clinton presidency? Not so much. These days you’re more likely to find him opening for his far more famous friend Dana Carvey than cutting it up on Conan.

That’s not to say that Pitta’s lost his comedic touch, as he regularly brings the funny via his weekly podcast, website, and Twitter (Sample tweet: “Borrowed $ from Henry Winkler. He promised to invest it for me but kept it instead. Another victim of a Fonzi [sic] scheme”).

Pitta stages a weekend gig at The Comedy Spot, starting on Friday, March 18.

Fri., March 18, 8 & 10 p.m.; Sat., March 19, 8 & 10 p.m.; Sun., March 20, 7 p.m., 2011
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Benjamin Leatherman is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. He covers local nightlife, music, culture, geekery, and fringe pursuits.