Crypto Comic Elyse DeLucci Puts Funny NY In Finance

This crypto trader is optimistic about his acting career.

Brooklyn-born, Staten Island-raised Elyse DeLucci is a digital marketer by day and comedian by night, and will headline Caroline’s on Broadway on September 29.

“I’m not talking about the bosses. I talk about how at my last job I used to go for a drink, and the next thing I know I’m in a little holey bikini bar in the financial district with a bunch of coked tradesmen the 38-year-old said.

When she started working on Wall Street in 2010, the Italian-American wasn’t taken seriously with her big hair and suburban accent thicker than Sunday sauce.

Elyse DeLucci struggled to be taken seriously early in her career.
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“I think Hollywood loves Italian New Yorkers…but is Marisa Tomei going to be hired as the CEO of a company even though she knows all about cars?” she says.

Her former company, a global stock exchange, where she worked as a digital revenue manager, even suggested she hire an accent neutralization coach.

“I had a voice coach…a Shakespearean actor. Basically, he said, “The only jobs you’ll get in life is if you want to be Ragu’s spokesperson,” she recalled.

The company also put her in touch with a personal shopper at Brooks Brothers “because apparently leopard isn’t a color.”

DeLucci in front of the New York Stock Exchange.
DeLucci in front of the New York Stock Exchange.
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But does she laugh all the way to the bank: “I bought my wall-to-wall leopard rug with Ethereum.”

Raised in a “blue-collar” family in Brooklyn and Staten Island, DeLucci’s mother is a nurse practitioner and her late father, owner of an import-export trucking business. “He was a connected, smart guy with lessons like following the code of silence…and people at work aren’t your friends,” she said.

And to succeed in the business world, she used those ‘strict rules’ to climb the corporate ladder – starting as a sales manager at a Wall Street boiler room at 21 to becoming a digital director for a commercial bank. . She is writing a book about her experiences, titled “Wise Girl: Everything I Learned From the Mafia I Used to Succeed on Wall Street,” which will be released in February.

The idea for the memoir came after she started an Apple podcast “Crazing F—ing Mommy” in 2020 about her life as a divorced working mom and told stories about feeling inadequate early in her career. .

DeLucci used his New York street smarts to break into the business world while doing comedy in clubs at night.
DeLucci used his New York street smarts to break into the business world while doing comedy in clubs at night.
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Lots of women, including many Italians in the tri-state area, send her DMs saying they can 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 invested $100,000 in mutual funds for me.’ And I was like, ‘Yeah, my mom spent my Confirmation money on an above-ground pool.’ »