CJ Toledano's birthday cake, 2010.
Chicago stand-up comic and pizza lover, CJ Toledano, has been named the Master of Ceremonies of the Pizza Film Festival at the Hungry Brain on November 16th, 2010.
For Toledano, co-host of The Late Live Show at The Second City’s de Maat Theater, this is two pieces of great news in just one week’s time. Last week, he was invited to be a script intern for Conan O’Brien’s new show in January, but the news of the Pizza Film Festival is definitely more exciting.
According to the festival producer, Tia Ayers, Toledano is the perfect host for The Pizza Film Fest.
“He loves pizza and movies. All movies. Even Cameron Crowe movies,” Ayers said.
According to Toledano himself, he eats pizza six times a week and has about 15 pizza-related jokes in his material. It’s not known how many movies he watches per week, but due to his free rental hook-up at Blockbuster Video, it must be a lot.
Back stage at the de Maat Theater on Saturday night, Toledano expressed his excitement for the upcoming festival.
“To be named the host of the Pizza Film Festival is great ‘cuz everyone knows I like pizza– Naw sayin’?” Toledano said. ”Sorry, I write in “tweet.” Is that quote 140 characters?”
Ethan Peldo and Kevin Lee, fellow comics and Late Live Show writers, also shared their thoughts on Toledano’s newest hosting assignment.
“CJ will be a great host because he likes pizza– Naw sayin’?” Peldo said.
“Probably garlic crust… Because… Probably Giordanos,” Lee arbitrarily added.
Just before taking the stage at the de Maat, Toledano turned back to interject one last thought about the Pizza Film Festival.
“I’m really egg-cited… Oops, wrong festival.”