Joe "JR" Lipari grew up on the mean streets of suburban New Jersey and joined the US Army after graduating Manchester Regional High School in Haledon. An Infantry Team Leader, Joe led fire teams in training missions; Mount Peak (Ft Drum), the Joint Readiness Training Center (Ft Polk), and the Leadership Reaction Course (Ft Benning). 

Since leaving the military Joe has spent more than 20 years working as a creative in NYC & LA  by day; clients include Marvel Studios, HGTV, Pfizer, NBC, Comedy Central and McDonald's. By night, Joe Lipari works as a comedian in the US and abroad, a frequent guest at English language comedy shows in Amsterdam, Paris, Brussels and Osaka. His award winning short film, Dream Job (2012) has screened in the US, Italy and Turkey.

A graduate of SVA's competitive Advertising program, Joe studied with Richard Wilde, Gail Anderson, Kevin O'Callaghan, Louise Fili, James Sprouse and Milton Glazer. After spending two years managing the creative department for the BK Nets & NY Islanders (2018 and 2019 seasons) Joe has moved on to other opportunities. 

Active in the wellness and mental health communities, Joe is a certified yoga teacher who has led classes in New York, Paris, Barcelona, Amsterdam and Berlin. Joe is also an ordained minister through Universal Life Church and performs agnostic weddings. Jack of many trades, expert of some... Joe Lipari,  Renaissance Man.