When Jersey Shore premiered in December 2009, no one could have predicted its longevity. Sure, the smush room has long been sanitized and the duck phone has since been destroyed, but the six Seaside guidos and guidettes the series thrusted into the limelight are seemingly here to stay.
Arguably the biggest Jersey Shore star, Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi, has launched her 15 minutes of reality TV fame into a full-fledged empire, spawning books, tanning products, perfume, and most recently, a management company. The mompreneur also landed an MTV spin-off with her Jersey Shore BFF, Jenni "JWOWW" Farley. Snooki and JWOWW is now heading into its third season on MTV. Fan-favorite Pauly D is now a world-famous DJ, who travels the world to spin at sold-out shows, while fellow housemates Ronnie, Sammi, and Deena Nicole get paid to make appearances and endorse products. But perhaps no former Seaside resident is as ambitious as Vinny Guadagnino.
Since Jersey Shore ended, Vinny has since landed his own spin-off series, The Show With Vinny. Its one hour season finale, in which Vinny and his family head to LA to hang with stars like Bella Thorne, Brittany Snow, and Perez Hilton airs this Thursday. With the finale on the horizon, what's next for Vinny?
"I'm trying to complete all of my UCB classes to do improv," Vinny told Wetpaint Entertainment. "I got on stage at the Laugh Factory in LA to do comedy. It was pretty nerve-racking, but I did pretty good for my first time. I made everyone laugh. They say after your first time, it gets easier, so I'm looking forward to doing more of that. I wrote my book, so I'm still going to give speeches about it. I want to stay in the entertainment industry."
The Show With Vinny has yet to be renewed for Season 2, but looking back on its first season, who were some of Vin's favorite houseguests?
"I had my huge, starstruck moments with stars like Lil Wayne and Ke$ha, but then I also had some guests that were just a lot of fun, even though they're not these huge celebrities, like Scott Disick from The Kardashians," Vinny said. "I thought he would have been the biggest dougebag, but he was the nicest guy in the world. He called his mother-in-law for my mom. He's a cool guy. We've stayed in touch."
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