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Pittsburgh native enjoys riding the roller coaster of stand-up comedy

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Comedian Vinny Fasline

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Vinny Fasline

When: 8 p.m. July 30

Admission: $15; must be 18 or older

Where: Pittsburgh Improv, Waterfront, Homestead

Details: 412-462-5233 or pittsburgh.improv.com

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By Matt Wohlfarth
Tuesday, July 29, 2014, 9:00 p.m.
 

Vinny Fasline has put himself on Hollywood's fast track in just 18 months since leaving Pittsburgh to take his shot at fame and fortune.

He regularly hosts his own show, called “Socially Awkward,” at the Hollywood Improv, where he works with comedy legends such as David Spade, Anthony Jeselnick and Dane Cook. “Socially Awkward” regularly sells out, and the money raised goes to the American Cancer Society.

Surviving a brain tumor at age 16 changed Fasline's priorities in life. It instilled a fearlessness in him that allowed him to pursue his dream of doing stand-up. It also helped him get over his fear of roller coasters.

“Now roller coasters can't be big enough,” Fasline says.

Fasline started doing stand-up at 16 and won a comedy competition at 18. He knew right then, “I can be a comedian.”

However, he then didn't do comedy much until after he graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a marketing degree. He is putting that marketing degree to good work in Hollywood, securing quality stage time in a city that is known for “we'll call you.”

Fasline has big plans. “I want my own Comedy Central special,” he says.

Fasline says his homecoming show is special to him because he wants people to see how far he's come comedically. This particular “Socially Awkward” show is for profit — it'll finance Fasline's trip home.

“So I need everyone to come out. It's a special show. I'm excited to see friends and family,” he says.

Comedian Matt Wohlfarth is a contributing writer for Trib Total Media.

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