Boston native and comedian John Pinette has checked himself into rehab for an addiction to prescription medication after cancelling appearances and has been forced to postpone a September 18 performance at the Ontario gaming resort Caesars Windsor. In a tweet to his fans on August 27, the much-loved comedian informed his followers: "Thanks to everyone for your concern and well wishes. Want to apologize for having missed shows last weekend, but I hope you understand!"
In a press release, Caesars Windsor stated that the comedian had undergone surgery earlier this year and ultimately developed a dependence on his prescribed medication.
Born just outside of Boston, Massachusetts, Pinette has always had a gift for making people laugh. When he learned that he could actually make a living for doing so, he left behind his life as an accountant and began his comedy career - and it wasn’t long before he was touring comedy clubs around the country. Shortly thereafter, Pinette got his big break when he was asked to tour with Frank Sinatra, and has since become a regular guest on "The Tonight Show" and "The View".
John Pinette has been entertaining audiences around the world in a variety of ways for over fifteen years, but it is making people laugh that Pinette enjoys most of all. He was named Stand-Up Comedian of the Year by the American Comedy Awards in 1999 and has received a Gemini Award nomination for his superb televised performance at The Montreal Comedy Festival in 2000. His Comedy Central Special and DVD entitled “I’m Starvin’” was released in January of 2006 as a follow up to his enormously successful CD ‘Show Me The Buffet’. In 2011, Pinette released his most recent Comedy Central Special entitled "Still Hungry" after 25 years performing in the comedy industry.
Pinette has also enjoyed a long acting career in both television and film. Duets, starring Gwenyth Paltrow, Dear God, starring Greg Kinnear, and Junior, starring Arnold Schwarzeneger are just a few of John’s film credits. He was a series regular on the hit series "Parker Lewis Can’t Lose", and starred as the car-jack victim in the final episode of Seinfeld. John can also be seen as the lovable ‘Mr. Bumpo’ in The Punisher starring John Travolta and Thomas Jane.
It goes without saying that the Boston comedy community and beyond are standing behind Pinette and hope to see the comedian return to top form very soon.