"This is crazy, man," said a black-clad Sebastian Maniscalco, settling into a booth at the posh restaurant inside the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills. A massive light fixture evoking a cascade of bubbles hangs overhead amid the room's polished wood and air of assured California elegance.
Maniscalco's incredulous expression is the sort of humble "How did I get here?" observation you might expect from a rising comedy star, one who, in the 43-year-old's case, this month released his fourth standup special on Showtime. Called "Why Would You Do That?" the performance was drawn from seven sold-out shows at the Beacon Theatre in New York City. If you watch carefully, you'll see Jerry Seinfeld among those laughing in the crowd.