Despite his Italian-sounding name, DeMartino and his family had a startling revelation five years ago: They found out they arent Italian, theyre Irish.
DeMartino says his grandfather came to the U.S. in 1912 as a six-month old immigrant from Ireland, but was orphaned in New York. After seven years at the orphanage he was adopted by an Italian family and kept it a secret until the reading of his will.
DeMartino says looking back, he should have seen the signs because they were the only Italian family that had to use 30-SPF sunblock.
DeMartino isnt exactly trading his pasta for potatoes, but he says all his family members have come to terms with it: his mother took the plastic off her furniture, his uncle painted his pink lawn flamingos green and his sister started shaving.
Hes personally accepted his Irish ethnicity by using it as material for his stand up act and creating a soon-to-be finalized comedy TV show called Meet the Sullivans that focuses on a family of Italian fire fighters from The Bronx who find out they are actually Irish.
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