"Luscious" Johnny Valiant, Stand-up Comedian,
Pro Wrestling Champion: 10th June 2003
What's your background?
A dreamer, risk taker and comic performer all my life!
How did you get your break in wrestling?
I was an overnight success (30 years)
How did you get your break in entertainment?
It hasn't yet occurred.
What motivates you?
The lack of a 9-5 job.
Do you like to be called a wrestler, wrestling manager,
entertainer, or does it depend on who is asking?
The last one will do. If not, human being will be
What are your most memorable experiences from life
on the road, including both wrestling and the entertainment
Being myself, real or not.
What's a couple of little known facts about Greg Valentine?
Little known, little said.
Still less. How much would you really want to know?
Who have been your biggest supporters over the years?
A pair of arch supports and suspenders. Not always
in that order. The fans no less.
What's the best and worst turn Vince McMahon ever
did for you?
He said, "Hi Tom, I'm Vince." August 1963
in Military school. That started it all.
What's a good WWE wrestling gag or joke?
Too many to mention. Wrestling conventions.
What was it that made you so good at tag team matches?
I was always more comfortable in a crowd.
What's the biggest crowds you have performed in front
of- wrestling, as a manager, and stand-up?
The A train at 42 Street and Broadway - Friday rush
What's the most danger you have been in?
Nothing compared to this.
Are you still in touch with any of the WWE'ers?
We no longer touch. We just nod to each other.
What does the WWE need to do to bring the fans back,
or are they already doing many of the things?
Turn off TV and get your schoolwork done.
Got a funny Hogan, Flair, Albano or Piper story for
Not really. Enough has been said.
What TV and media appearances have you made?
Sopranos, Law & Order, WBAI-FM Radio NYC. Now
How many people remember the real Johnny V? (the great
worker and master manager)?
Ask my ex-wife. Neither actually. Just plain old Johnny.
Does wrestling need more managers of your style
style that got the Dream Team real heat?
No. Torrie Wilson stole my gimmick.
What do you know about Australia?
Beautiful women. Great beer. Glad I'm not queer.
What else would you like to share with our wrestling
and media savvy audience?
My opportunity to have a life.
Can I post your bio?
Yes my darling. Whatever you say, honey.
Thanks for this Johnny and Evan.
You're welcome, cheerio.
It means a heck of a lot to me. Wait 'till I tell
my mates and girlfriend.
You're lucky you have a girlfriend. My mates abandoned
ship. My girl, too! Now what?
Have a top day, and JV and WT&N will be on my
lips. I'll tell em.
I'm pleased that you're pleased. If this makes you
happy, seek therapy.
note: What a guy! Thanks Johnny V, and thanks to Evan
Ginzberg, from Wrestling Now and Then, for helping
organise the interview, and the hard to find photo
of Johnny V.
"Luscious" Johnny Valiant, Stand-up Comedian,
Pro Wrestling Champion, by Brett Schwan of www.wrestlingclothesline.com
What made you decide to become a professional wrestler?
Damn if I know. Lack of good Math scores.
Of all the promoters and promotions you have worked
for which did you like the most and why?
Those whose checks cleared.
You and your brothers were infamous tag teams. Which
of your opponents were your favorite to work against?
Henning/LeDuc - Gagne/Andre - Bruiser/Crusher.
Of all you positions you have held in wrestling from
wrestler to manager, commentator, which did you enjoy
the most and why?
Ring crew. 1967. I didn't know any better.
Do you watch wrestling today? If so, what do you think
of the current wrestling that is out there?
Totally spectacular. I could never do it.
What do you feel was the defining moment or most memorable
moment in your wrestling career?
When I answered question #5.
When you are not wrestling you act, do stand up, and
numerous activities. How did you decide to get into
stand up? Are there any more shows fans can find you
Been doing stand up all my life - except when I sit
down. "Maid in Manhattan." NY Based TV shows.
What is your favorite thing about the sport of professional
It's fans. What else? And Tony Vellano (Pro
Wrestling Hall of Fame).
Who were some of the people you looked up to or helped
you in your early days in wrestling?
Andre the Giant - 7'4".
Where do you see yourself in five years?
Being 61 years old. Married and happy to be. I'm tired
of the single life (tag team is better). At least
someone to come home to. But then again, who's going
Johnny Valiant official website
Then & Now
Wrestling Hall of Fame
Legends (Greg Tingle's) Wrestling Legends
Wrestling with his past: Johnny Valiant Tells All,
By Kenny Herzog
Man Australia: Entertainment News
Man Australia interviews Revered Bob Levy
Managers (Greg Tingle's tribute website)
For The New City
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RELEASE- AN EVENING WITH JOHNNY VALIANT
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Valiant available for interviews through Evan Ginzburg
As a two-time World Wide Wrestling Federation tag
team champion, Johnny Valiant sold out huge arenas
worldwide and has many a story to tell. And as an
actor, stand-up, and improv artist, he's worked with
the best that show business has to offer.
"An Evening With Johnny Valiant" the WWF
Hall of Famer tells his life story and what a story
it is. From appearing in the WWF's Wrestlemania before
93,000 people to a recurring role on The Sopranos,
Johnny has seen and done it all.
of professional wrestling as well as great comedy
and theater won't want to miss "An Evening With
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media's raved about Johnny Valiant. The WWE was there
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So don't miss "An Evening With Johnny Valiant"
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New City in Manhattan's East Village. Directed by
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note these special events:
Nov. 22- Johnny Valiant Birthday Celebration
Nov. 29- WWF Tag Champion/Wrestling legend Nikolai
Volkoff & manager Nikita Breznikov will be appearing
with Johnny Valiant.
like a side piledriver"
is funny, prowling the stage and using his graying,
240-pound frame as a comic prop. It's as if Spalding
Gray had, at least for a few minutes, entered the
body of Jonathan Winters."
one-man show serves as a confessional of sorts, an
exorcism of the demons one accumulates on the sleeper-hold
Out New York)
Valiant adds excitement to anything he performs in...he
brings so much...he is awesome."
Merritt of Piledriver-- Upright Citizens Brigade Troop)
Heartwarming, and very, very interesting. You had
to be there. I did not see anyone leave the place
for even one of those 55 minutes. Riveting- glad I
Heiderich WTFO Hotline)
people loved Johnny. Congratulations on a memorable
Oddo Documentary Filmmaker)
Valiant is hilarious and entertaining."
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