In second grade Joe Pally’s teacher asked the class what they wanted to be when they grew up. As he raised his hand, Joe had not one but TWO great answers. When he revealed his first idea, “stand up comedian!”—his teacher wasn’t impressed. “Or!”, Joe quickly added, “a virgin!” This landed him in the principal’s office.
In hindsight he thinks he meant to say “surgeon.”
In any event, many years have passed and regardless of what the confused kid really meant, healing the sick or a celibate life, it became clear he wasn’t cut out for either.
You can now find him performing stand up comedy in NYC and beyond. He also has a number of writing projects in the can and in the hopper.
Joe’s humor was shaped in part growing up in a South Brooklyn neighborhood where there were Italians, Jews, and everyone else.