Michael Mancini is, hands down, “The World’s Funniest Cop.” Yes, he won that title three years in a row — 2003, 2004 and 2005 — competing against other police officers with Jay Leno hosting, but there’s more. He continues to develop his act and consistently delivers. A word of advice? When you go see Mancini, be prepared to laugh non-stop and remember to breathe.
Police officers, stupidity and criminals
We all have a fascination with police officers, stupidity and criminals. Mancini takes his audience on a ride in his squad car and gives us an exaggerated glimpse of his days as a cop. One cannot help but feel that there’s more truth than hyperbole in his stories. He’s a comedic marvel. His humor doesn’t let up. And his vivacious interaction with his audience adds zest to an already packed laugh fest.
Clever and mischievous
The beauty of Mancini’s stand-up is his presence on stage. While mischievous and energetic, Mancini remains warm and genuine. Even if no sound came out of his funny mouth, his clever brain, antics, expressions and movements would be enough to keep people on their toes and smiling gape-a-grin. He connects with his audience effortlessly. Mancini’s sound effects punctuate the punch lines and add delightful and hilarious texture throughout his act.
Marital and parenting advice
Police work isn’t Mancini’s only topic, though. Bits on marriage — he has solid advice for men, such as “carry a notebook” — and tips on parenthood, such as how to teach your young daughter self-defense, permeate his act.
AmericasComedy.Com had the delightful opportunity to have el luncho with Michael Mancini and get caught up before he performed at the “Fundraiser for the Fallen Police Officers of Sacramento” at “Tommy T’s Comedy & Dinner Theater” in Rancho Cordova, Calif. on Sept. 2. The time flew. Even our waitress, Maria, joined the fray.
One of the first things Mancini wanted to talk about was his daughter, now in fourth grade. When he asked her how her first day of fourth grade was, she replied that it was “awesomeness.” Mancini told her that “awesomeness” wasn’t a word, to which she responded, “It is now.” The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.
Let it be
He showed us a video of her singing his favorite song, “Let It Be,” by the Beatles and playing the piano — something she decided to do for her daddy. Yes, Mancini is a very proud papa. He’s a musician, too, and used to incorporate music into his act. “I don’t use the keyboard anymore because my material is so much better now. I don’t need it,” said Mancini.
A different perspective
Balancing family life, his career in law enforcement and comedy isn’t always easy, but Mancini has full support at home. Having been a stand-up comedian for 15-years before he became a police officer in the Santa Cruz area, he has a different way of pacing his comedy and a healthy perspective.
An urban myth dispelled
Mancini clarified the truth about an urban myth that has been floating around for some time — no, police officers are not given quotas to fill for doling out tickets to raise money for California.
The perfect compliments
No doubt, possessing a severely gifted sense of humor helps with the intensity, danger and stress of being a police officer. Perhaps Mancini decided to become a law enforcement officer just to have plenty of material for his comedy? We’ll never know, but this writer suspects that Mancini is as good a cop as he is a comedian.
So relax and enjoy this very funny clip of Michael and keep checking back here to see when Michael will be performing live in your area!
About the Author: Jennifer A Gordon is the author of "A Woman's Mind Half Naked," an empowered woman, and a lover of life in general and comedy in particular.