|Born||October 31, 1975
Syracuse, New York, NY
|Medium||Stand-up, Television, Radio|
|Notable works and roles||Host of Stand Up! on Sirius XM
Warm-up for The Colbert Report
Warm-up for The Daily Show
Guest on FOX's Red Eye
Peter J. Dominick (born October 31, 1975 in Syracuse, New York) is an American comedian and talk radio personality. Dominick grew up in Marcellus, New York and now lives in Rockland County, New York, a suburb of New York City where he lived for about 10 years.
Dominick started performing in public during high school, where he would emcee talent shows and read morning announcements over the public-address system. His career took off in the late 1990s when he performed in various clubs around Manhattan, first as an amateur and later as a professional.
Dominick's career expanded around the turn of the century when he began performing at colleges all over the country. He has performed at hundreds of campuses and started headlining clubs and theaters in 2005.
One of Dominick's highest profile mediums as a stand-up comic continues to be as the warm-up act for The Colbert Report with Stephen Colbert on Comedy Central. He has also filled in as the warm-up act for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart on over 100 episodes.
In 2006, Dominick was approached by Sirius Satellite Radio and signed up to host the "Comedy by Request" program on their uncensored comedy channel Raw Dog (Sirius 104, XM 150) after his performance on the "New Faces Of Comedy" show at the Montréal Just For Laughs Festival, "one of the highest honors a young comedian can achieve." He remained with "Comedy by Request" on Raw Dog until November 2008, when he left to concentrate his efforts on his program at P.O.T.U.S., "Stand Up! With Pete Dominick".
About a month after being on air with "Comedy by Request" in 2006, Dominick was approached by Sirius to host an additional show, "Getting Late with Pete Dominick" also on Raw Dog, which featured pre-taped interviews with notable celebrities and comedians "such as Dave Attell, Robert Schimmel, Steven Wright and Louis CK."
On February 21, 2008, Dominick began hosting the political talk show "Pete's Big Mouth" on the now-defunct Sirius channel Indie Talk, which had launched two weeks earlier, along with Sean Bertollo (executive producer), Aaron Hodges (co-producer), and Alexandra Di Trolio (co-producer). The show continued until November 12, 2008, at which point it was renamed "Stand Up! With Pete Dominick" during the new channel lineup that resulted from the merger of Sirius and XM, which also saw Indie Talk on Sirius and P.O.T.U.S. '08 on XM being combined to form P.O.T.U.S. on Sirius 110 and XM 130.
The three-hour program is broadcast live weekdays from 3:00 to 6:00 PM Eastern and explores political and current events relevant to the United States, consistent with the motto of the P.O.T.U.S. channel, "Politics of the United States, for the people of the United States."
Some of the guests that have been interviewed on Stand Up! With Pete Dominick include: Michael Scheuer, former CIA analyst; Tim Wise, prominent anti-racist activist and writer; David Kilcullen, former senior counterinsurgency advisor to General David Petraeus; Evan Wolfson, civil rights attorney and advocate; Ann Coulter, social and political commentator, columnist, and author; Jesse Ventura, former governor of Minnesota; Kashif Hasnie, RAND Fellow and expert on issues pertaining to Afghanistan and Pakistan, and many, many others.
Dominick is routinely open about his political and philosophical views on the program Stand Up! With Pete Dominick, freely admitting that he brings personal bias to the show, and a strong opinion on certain issues (e.g., gay marriage).
He describes himself as an agnostic atheist whenever relevant subjects arise, a view point he described arriving at "around 1996 or 1997," leaving behind the Catholic beliefs he had grown up with.
He can also be heard admitting regularly to being fallible—that he can be wrong and has been wrong—and encouraging listeners to challenge him "through conversation on important issues." He can also be heard telling his listening audience on practically every episode to "think for yourself," to "check your sources" and to "always question what you hear" and so forth, a message he typically closes every episode with.
And he consistently tries to avoid political labels, insisting that callers speak to the issues without pigeon-holing themselves with labels that don't contribute anything meaningful other than partisan divisions
Dominick lives in Rockland County, New York, with his wife and two daughters.