Education | Entertainment
Carmen Ciricillo has been touring nationally since the 1990's as The Construction Comic®. He has created a humorous routine about life as a contractor that everyone can understand. In 2003 Carmen received rave reviews after performing with Richard Lewis at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts for the Gilda Radner charity, Gilda's Club. His act plays well for all groups because anyone can relate to it, but his core groups are those affiliated with the construction industry.
In 1986 Mr. Ciricillo won a comedy competition at The Cleveland Comedy Club and started to receive bookings at clubs nationally. In 1989 he quickly caught Hollywood fever and moved there in 1990, where almost immediately he was cast on the television game show Hold Everything with Pat Bullard. He also became a regular at the Santa Monica Improv. After being encouraged by Mark Lonow, one of the clubs' owners, he wrote a unique routine on his family's construction business that propelled his career to a new level.
In 1991, after an appearance at the Laugh Factory near Chicago, Carmen Ciricillo was asked to perform for the Northern Illinois Home Builder's Association. That's when the word spread about The Construction Comic®. He has been speaking to some of the largest construction associations and companies in the U.S. and Canada including: The National Association of Home Builders, The National Association of the Remodeling Industry, Associated Builders and Contractors, Associated General Contractors, The American Subcontractors Association, The Plumbing Heating Cooling Contractors, and The Painting and Decorating Contractors Association. He has performed for thousands of construction-related groups doing everything from stand-up, emcee work, keynote, motivational and more.
Since 1997 Mr. Ciricillo has taught continuing education for Florida Licensed Contractors and has done so with humor, motivation and sincerity. He truly believes in keeping an audience informed and entertained at the same time. Topics like safety, worker's comp, ethics etc., can be taught in an interesting and creative manner. It is up to the instructor, and in fact the duty of the instructor to ensure that his audience is inspired, entertained and educated.
In 1999 Carmen Ciricillo appeared on The Discovery Channel's Your New House television show and by 2000 he was a regular. He portrayed the humorous tool man and went on to travel with NASCAR that season with the show's main sponsor.
Carmen Ciricillo might be known as The Construction Comic®, but he takes his job as an instructor seriously. He is constantly attending continuing education to improve his knowledge as an instructor. In 2002, he became an OSHA authorized trainer.
In July 2005 the pilot for a sitcom based on Carmen Ciricillo's Construction Comedy routine was shot. Bill Grundfest, a writer and producer on the NBC sitcomMad About You wrote the pilot.