Following in his father's footsteps, Marshalltown High School sophomore Carl Giannetto hopes to have a future in stand-up comedy.
The 16-year-old has already performed at open mic nights and hopes to further his career in the next few years.
"Since my dad (Mark) was a stand-up comedian I thought I'd give it a try," Giannetto said. "I just like being able to make somebody laugh at something I wrote."
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Marshalltown High School sophomore Carl Giannetto is a budding stand-up comedian and has big goals for his future.
HIs jokes are sometimes hits and sometimes duds, but that's the life of a stand-up comedian.
"I've been getting some pretty good laughs," he said.
The student has a goal to be a guest in studio on the "The Bob and Tom Show" on the radio by the age of 18 and have his own comedy special before he turns 23. He already has established a mentor in nationally-touring comedian Bob Zany.
Giannetto is learning how to market himself in the MHS marketing class taught by Nicole Critchfield. Critchfield has been impressed that he has set goals and is working on his dream.
"I think he has a good shot at it," Critchfield said. "He understands all of the marketing aspects and he has already done many things himself."
Giannetto's next open mic night performance is planned for 9 p.m. at Java Joe's at 214 4th St. in Des Moines.