Frankie began as a trumpet player destined for the "Julliard School of Music". Not seeing a future as a trumpeter he went against his father's wishes and soon found himself working as an apprentice plumber for Local #2 in New York City where he was assigned to help with the construction of The "Towers" of the "World Trade Center". Married and with two children now Frankie still yearned for the arts. With the help and understanding of his wife he decided to go into comedy. Frankie's first time on stage was in Long Island's "The White House Inn". There he began rubbing shoulders with Eddie Murphy, Jackie Martling, Rosie O'Donnell, Rob Bartlett and Bob Nelson and Jim Meyers just to name a few.
A few years later he was accepted as a regular at New York City's "Catch a Rising Star", “The Comic Strip” and “The Improvisation”. Frankie was now rubbing shoulders with Robin Williams, Dom Irrera, Bill Mahr, John Mendoza, Howie Mandell, Jerry Seinfeld, Rich Jeni, Barry Berry Douglas, Sam Kinison, Larry David, John Stewart, Gilbert Gotfried, Richard Belzer, Joy Behar and Susie Essman just to name a few.
Frankie's First ever national performance was on Saturday Night Live where he met Louise Julia Dryfus, Joe Piscopo, Tim Kizerinski and Jim Belushi. Frankie later went on to do The Cosby Show meeting Lisa Bonet and Malcom Jamahl Warner, The Joan Rivers Show meeting the group Poison and Rober Urich. He worked on "Show offs" with Maclon Jamahl Warner playing numerous characters, The Richard Belzer Special playing numerous characters. Frankie hosted his own show on USA’s Night-Flight called “Rick Shaw’s Takeout Theatre” playing numerous characters. Frankie was later honored by receiving the “Charlie” award for best night-club performer, (Later called The Comedy Awards).
Frankie has appeared with many stars in his career, here are just a few. Juice Newton, Aaron Nevile, Charo, Penn & Teller, Glady's Knight, Roberta Flack, Frank Sinatra Jr., The Pointer Sisters, Joe Piscopo, The
Comedian Mount Sinai, NY
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