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RIVERSIDE, Calif. (March 12, 2015) -- Comedian and actor Joe Nipote spoke to theatre students at California Baptist University March 10 about his work as an actor, stand-up comedian and voice-over actor.

John Pate, chair of the department of communication arts, described Nipote as an actor, writer and "all-around entertainment guy" who would discuss the ins and outs of the entertainment industry.

Nipote's most recognizable work includes the Steven Spielberg-directed film "Casper," the hit television show "Viper" and his work on "Zack Cody: Suite Life on Deck." He also has ventured from film by writing two children's books and appearing as a boxing ring announcer on HBO and Showtime.

 "The important thing is to work as much as you can, wherever you can," he said.

Nipote recalled the importance of being recognized early in his career.

"The only reason I started doing stand-up was to be seen," he said. "I knew every casting member was there in that comedy store, and I had to go up there to be seen."

Nipote stressed the importance of making an impression saying, "One time I jumped up on top of a desk and went crazy and I got the part."

He also spoke on the competitive nature of show business.

"There are no failures. The audition is the job," Nipote said. "They might like somebody else, but it doesn't mean you failed. If you get a call back, that's just a perk. The best way to do this is to work wherever you can. If you can get on stage it will make you more creative and it will pay off down the road, and that is all I ever tried to do."