From a very early age, John Caparulo knew exactly what he wanted to
be when he grew up— a grizzly bear. Unfortunately, like most youngsters
with such lofty aspirations, his grades just weren’t good enough. So
young John joined the navy in search of adventure. But his dreams were
dashed once again when he realized it was the Old Navy, and the only
adventure they could offer him involved folding cheap khakis for minimum
wage. Cap wouldn’t let such minor disappointments sway him from finding
a fulfilling career path though, and he decided to open his own karate
dojo to teach deaf and blind kids how to defend themselves. It took
about 6 years before anyone figured out that John didn’t know karate.
The blind students had no idea what they were being taught had been
derived mainly from Jackie Chan movies and Hong Kong Phooey or that
Cap’s dojo was actually in his front yard. None of the deaf kids were
able to win a fight against John, and naturally neither were any of
their mothers. But after many of them watched Cap break his foot
attempting to chop a board in half, the writing was on the wall, even in
Braille. So Cap closed his front yard dojo forever and left town. Since
then, he’s pursued a relatively successful career in comedy.
Caparulo moved to LA in 1999 and got a job working the door at The
World Famous Comedy Store in West Hollywood. After nearly 4 years of
struggling for stage time, cutting grass at a local golf course and
rethinking life choices, the young comedian started catching a few
Cap’s first TV appearance was a spot on “The Late Late Show with
Craig Kilborn.” From there he was invited to the 2003 Just For Laughs
Festival in Montreal. This provided Cap with the golden opportunity to
fly thousands of miles away to showcase his talents for industry
executives who lived right down the street from him. He made the most of
it though by landing a development deal with Fox, which led to
countless meetings, terrible pilot scripts and nothing else.
In 2006, Cap was one of the comedians documented on Vince Vaughn’s
Wild West Comedy Tour. The movie then hit theaters in February 2008,
grossing over $600 worldwide!!
John Caparulo was also featured on the Blue Collar Comedy Tour: The
Next Generation, which would take the nation by storm, selling out
concerts from March of 2008 to late March of 2008. During that same
time, Cap would make several appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay
Cap appeared over 150 times as a panelist on Chelsea Handler’s
popular E! show, “Chelsea Lately,” during its 7-year run. He also
appeared as part of Ron White’s Salute To The Troops on CMT, a network
on which he became well-known as the host of the surprisingly hilarious
show Mobile Home Disaster. And he played the part of Brian on the
short-lived ABC sitcom “Work It” (more commonly referred to as Sh It).
In 2018, he showcased his love for Tom Brady on Showtime’s
“Unsportsmanlike Comedy with Rob Gronkowski”.
Cap has two comedy specials / albums: “John Caparulo: Meet Cap,”
which premiered on Comedy Central in 2008 and “John Caparulo: Come
Inside Me,” which launched on Netflix in 2013. In February 2014, Cap
began releasing Caplets, a brand-new set of comedy every 30 days that
were distributed on Hulu, JohnCaparulo.com, and
In the world of animation, John voiced the character of “Headphone
Joe” on Disney’s Fish Hooks. For the past few years, Cap has been
writing and developing an animated series called “John Caparulo’s
Cartoon Comic,” based on his life as a comedian, husband and father. He
has also written a comic book series under the same title and has
produced several animated standup shorts.
After working all over the globe for 20+ years, Cap settled down in
Las Vegas and performed almost 500 shows during a 2-year residency at
Harrah’s. “John Caparulo’s Mad Cap Comedy” ran 5 nights a week from May
10th, 2018, until its unexpected demise on March 15th, 2020, as a result
of the COVID-19 shutdowns.
Since Covid made live performances impossible for such an extended
period, Cap adapted to the restrictions with “Un-Capped Comedy,” a
monthly livestream show on which the live audience picked the topics for
the comedian to discuss onstage. And now that live venues appear to be
opening back up, Cap is back on tour killing crowds with his sharp wit,
unique delivery, and brilliant affinity for cuss words.