What’s my Name

What’s in a name? Surnames can be tough. Ask NY Congressman Andrew Weiner. I feel bad for some women who decide to take on their husband’s name. I knew a girl named Eileen Lipshitz. She should have been happy to lose that one. she married a guy with the surname Gross. Just as tough. Even hyphenated. Eileen Lipshitz-Gross. Yikes.

My surname is Gianturco. Not terrible, but I got teased. I heard it all. Gianjerko, Jerkinturko, Gianturkel. Heard it all. I always wanted to be called The Turk. I thought that would have been cool. I never got The Turk. I got Turkey.

Gianturco is an Italian name. Strong name. In Italian it’s pronounced JohnTorko. Strong John Torko. Do you know what that means in Italian? John Of Turkey.

Apparently, my great-great-great Grandfather Emanual Gianturco was some kind of Senator in Italy. He has his own statue in the square in some Northern Italian town. Every 25 years they have a huge celebration in his honor, complete with a street festival. I wonder if they serve turkey sandwiches.

I also recently found there is a train station in Italy called Gianturco. Now that is cool. Of course they probably pronounce it Jerkinturco. Next stop Gianjerko, Gianturkel, next stop.

Well, it’s certainly better than Eileen Lipshitz-Gross.

The Clash – What’s My Name http://youtu.be/7Shi0k27C0Y


About Stevie GB

60 year old stand up comedian from Long Island. My approach to comedy is telling the truth about being married, middle aged and living in the suburbs. I enjoy making people laugh without making them feel uncomfortable. My act is clean and clever. Featured in Newsday and on News12. Winner of the Huntington Arts Council Laff-off, 2006. 3rd place winner of LI Press Best of LI 2011, A regular on The Long Island Comedy Festival for 9 consecutive years. Opened for Dennis Miller, Louie Anderson, Kevin Pollak, Bobby Collins, Bob Nelson, Uncle Floyd, Kevin Meaney, and many more.
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