This headshot was taken by Ric Sechrest of Ric Sechrest Photography.
This page was designed by Al Quagliata and uploaded on 08/18/2016.
Welcome to my website. I was born in the Bronx and raised in Westchester County, New York. I grew up with a musical background; my late father Al Quagliata Sr. was a jazz bassist with The Benny Goodman and Stan Rubin Orchestras and also a music teacher. Music study started for me at age eight; I'm a guitarist, composer and teacher who has written over 100 songs, a musical and the score for an independent film. And I'm proud to say that I'm also a licensed New York City Sightseeing Guide, so when I'm not acting or playing music, let me take you on a tour!
As a comedic actor I started out right after high school producing the show "Zodiacs, Maniacs And Just Plain Yaks" for local TV. I moved on from that to write and perform as a member of many sketch comedy and improv groups in New York City, most notably "Loos Scrooz" and "Funny...Sheesh". For five years I was a performer and member of the writing staff of "New York Dinner Theater," a company which creates and stages interactive dinner theater shows. I've done stand-up and acted in more than twenty stage plays; I do voice-over work and have been a radio producer and host; I've even written a feature length screenplay and a great deal of satire. For several years I was the guitarist and wrote songs for the children's theater group "The Brothers Grinn". At a very young age I started performing magic tricks and many times will incorporate them into my stage shows. Examples of all my work can be seen, heard or read on this site.
Music and comedy influences everything I write or perform. My greatest comedy influences are my Dad, early TV pioneers Steve Allen and Ernie Kovacs (for whom I run a website), SCTV, the early SNL and the great Uncle Floyd. Music for me is everything from Bebop to the Beatles and beyond.
I’m also partners in a production company, Griffal Productions. We currently have several very exciting projects in various stages of development.