This crypto trader is optimistic about her career in comedy.
Brooklyn-born, Staten Island-raised Digital Marketing Officer by day and standup comedian by night, Elyse DeLucci will be headlining Broadway’s Caroline’s September 29th.
“I stop talking and talk about bosses. I’m talking about going drinking at my last job and next thing I’m at is a little bikini bar in the Financial District with a bunch of coked dealers,” said the 38-year-old.
When she first started working on Wall Street in 2010, the Italian-American, with her thick hair and suburban accent thicker than Sunday sauce, wasn’t taken seriously.
“I think Hollywood loves Italian New Yorkers… but will Marisa Tomei be hired as CEO of a company even though she knows everything about cars?” she said.
Her former company, a global exchange where she worked as head of digital revenue, even suggested that she hire an accent neutralization coach.
“I had a voice coach… a Shakespearean actor. He was basically saying, ‘The only jobs you’re going to get in life is if you want to be the spokesperson for Ragu,'” she recalled.
The company also paired her with a personal shopper at Brooks Brothers “because apparently leopards aren’t a color.”
But she laughs to the bank: “I bought my leopard carpet wall to wall with Ethereum.”
Raised in a working-class household in Brooklyn and Staten Island, DeLucci’s mother is a nurse and her late father is an import-export trucking company owner. “He was a street smart, connected guy with lessons like following the code of conduct … and people at work aren’t your friends,” she said.
And to thrive in the business world, she used these “hard and fast rules” to climb the ranks—from being a sales manager in a Wall Street boiler room at 21 to becoming the chief digital officer of a commercial bank. She is now writing a book about her experience, Wise Girl: Everything I Learned From the Mafia, I Used to Succeed on Wall Street, due out in February.
The idea for the memoir came after she started a 2020 Apple podcast, Crazing F—ing Mommy, about her life as a divorced working mom and sharing stories of how she felt inadequate early in her career.
Many women, including many Italians from the tri-border region, send her DMs and say they understand that they feel underrepresented in the business world.
“When I got my job on Wall Street, I met people who said, ‘Oh, my parents put $100,000 in mutual funds for me.’ And I was like, ‘Yeah, my mom spent my confirmation money on an above ground pool.’”
https://nypost.com/2022/09/24/crypto-comic-elyse-delucci-puts-the-ny-funny-in-finance/ Crypto comic Elyse DeLucci brings the NY joke to finance