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Learn more about the host of the 2019 MTV VMAs ‘Sebastian Maniscalco’

A mic is the only thing that stands between the audience and its prey.

Sebastian Maniscalco, a stand-up comedian known for his physical comedy, Italian-American jokes and clean humor, may soon become a household name after hosting the ceremony on Aug. 26.

Born in the suburbs of Chicago, Maniscalco, 46, is a stand-up comedian who got his start in the Los Angeles comedy scene. Though he’s been known in comic circles for a couple of decades and performed on Comedy Central as early as 2005, his fame has risen in the last few years, thanks to more exposure online, many sold-out live shows and two Netflix specials.

He also placed tenth on Forbes’ list of 2018’s highest-paid comedians, raking in an estimated $15 million.

Maniscalco uses his Italian-American heritage extensively in his stand-up act, both in terms of content and presentation. In his instantly recognizable Italian-American accent, he jokes about his typical Italian family life.

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