The ‘Sopranos’ Crew Joins Uncle Floyd at Father’s Day Dinner and Show

Jun 12, 2018

Father’s Day will turn into Godfather’s Day at Joey Harrison’s River House in Forked River this Sunday, June 17, starting at 3 p.m. when Catch a Rising Star hosts a “Shut Up & Eat” dinner show starting at 3 p.m. that stars Vinny Pastore, Al Sapienza and Uncle Floyd Vivino.

Pastore is best known for playing Salvatore “Big Pussy” Bonpensiero, a friend and soldier of Tony Soprano’s who turns FBI informant and therefore ends up literally swimming with the fishes in “The Sopranos.”

Sapienza, too, had a turn on the hit HBO series playing Mikey Palmice, originally Carrado “Junior” Soprano’s driver and bodyguard who is promoted to consigliere when Junior assumes titular control of the DiMeo crime family. Mikey and Tony have been bitter enemies for years, so it isn’t surprising that he is eventually killed by Christopher Moltisanti and Paulie Gualtieri.

Vivino never played a character on “The Sopranos.” But he is the Godfather of New Jersey comedy, thanks to his “Uncle Floyd Show,” which aired in the New Jersey and New York City market from 1974 to 1998. And Vivino fits neatly into the world of “The Sopranos,” thanks to a Sunday afternoon radio program he had from 1987 to 2013 on WVIP-FM 93.5 radio from New Rochelle, N.Y., called “The Italian-American Serenade.” Indeed, Vivino is reported to have the world’s largest collection of Italian records.

Tickets for the three-hour dinner and show are $85 and may be purchased online at Joey Harrison’s River House is located at 361 East Lacey Rd. in Forked River. —R.M.

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