The VIP Lounge with comedian and magician Johnny Pizzi
Johnny Pizzi has been a staple on the Boston comedy scene for more than 30 years. The East Boston native, who lives in Saugus with his wife, Nancy, will bring his unique brand of humor (which runs from the challenges of raising children to the trials and tribulations of aging) to Giggles Comedy Club in Saugus March 1 and 2. Pizzi, 64, is also a magician and spends time in Florida — where he loves to vacation — performing his comedy and magic shows on the “55 and over condo circuit.” He has three children and three grandchildren. “My biggest fans are my three kids and my grandkids are just realizing that ‘Hey, Papa’s pretty famous — and he does magic, too!’ ” We caught up with Pizzi to talk about all things travel.
Favorite vacation destination? That’s a tough question. I would have to say Naples, Fla. It’s a place I can relax and enjoy the beautiful weather with no hustle and bustle.
Favorite food or drink while vacationing? I’m pretty simple when it comes to food: hot turkey sandwich covered in brown gravy with mashed potatoes. Favorite drink? A Southern Comfort Manhattan.
Where would you like to travel to but haven’t? Italy and England. I’m a huge Beatles fan, so obviously I want to trace their history in England. I’d like to learn about my dad’s heritage in Italy.
One item you can’t leave home without when traveling? My magic tricks. I’m always trying to perfect and try out new ones. And of course I can’t leave home without my notebook for my jokes.
Aisle or window? Definitely aisle seat — just in case I gotta go . . .
Favorite childhood travel memory? I never really got to go anywhere, but when my relatives from Chicago came to visit every year, they always took me to Canobie Lake Park in New Hampshire.
Guilty pleasure when traveling? I love visiting magic shops in different places -- and yes, spending way too much money on [materials for] magic tricks.
Best travel tip? Bring alcohol wipes with you to wipe down the area on the plane where you sit — and also to wipe down the TV remote in your hotel room.