‘RHONJ’ Star Joe Gorga Accused of Promoting a SCAM
Joe Gorga’s upcoming comedy appearance alongside host, Frank Catania, and guest, Jaclyn Marfuggi, scheduled for this weekend at Brad Garrett’s Las Vegas club, turned out to be all smoke and mirrors.
The Real Housewives of New Jersey star, who had been promoting the event on social media, was called out by the “Everybody Loves Raymond” alum in an Instagram post on Tuesday, exposing the entire show as a scam.
On Tuesday, Gorga’s rep explained to Deadline — “It was coming from a fake Brad Garrett. Joe’s attorney was scammed. They even had signed contracts in place. [Joe] is very disappointed as he was looking forward to performing.”
The reality star’s rep added that “everyone who purchased tickets will be receiving their money back” and reiterated that “Joe will not be doing a show in Las Vegas.”
Garrett took to Instagram to call out Gorga and Jaclyn, telling them both that they were not performing at his comedy club at the MGM Grand District this weekend.
“ALERT!! This is NOT AN ACTUAL Show at my club and people are being scammed to buy tickets via a fake link,” Garrett said in a post shared by Queens of Bravo. “So [Joe Gorga], [Jaclyn Marfuggi] wtf?! No one knows who you folks are in the comedy world nor are you working at my club. Remove these ads immediately. Geez. And [Catch New Jersey] has nothing to do with this as well.”
Garrett later returned to the platform to edit his caption, which read—“So [Catch New Jersey] not sure how you put this show together but it wasn’t from us. I am not on Facebook. Or X. The Facebook BG or BGCC is an impostor collecting ticket funds for a non-existent show.”
He also responded to an inquisitive fan who asked in the comment section—“I think he thinks he’s booked your club because he’ll be in Vegas for BravoCon. Do you have any BravoCon events going on at the club?”
Garrett confirmed — “Nope.”
The actor’s comedy club website stated that Karen Rontowski and guest Joe Praino are scheduled to appear from November 3-5.
Gorga’s comedy show website does not list any upcoming shows. However, a posted link directed fans to Garrett’s club website, which listed the ticket price as $150 each. The link claimed that “tickets for this event are in high demand.”
Jaclyn Marfuggi reacted to the news, via her Instagram Story.
“What’s BravoCon without a little drama? … But for real, this is a bummer,” she wrote. “It turns out a Facebook scammer duped the booker and the 11/5 show was never scheduled with the venue … Unfortunately, I was also scammed. I was booked and told where the show would be held (standard for a comic who says yes to a booking). I didn’t book the venue, make the flier, or set up the ticket link … I’m so very sorry to anyone who paid money for tickets. I sincerely hope everyone who bought tickets gets their money back as soon as possible … I was so looking forward to performing, meeting all of you, and sharing some laughs. I’m sorry that isn’t possible with this show, but I hope to meet you at BravoCon [this] weekend.”
Gorga, his wife, RHONJ star, Melissa Gorga, and co-stars, Frank Catania and Joe Benigno, all sounded off about the mixup on Gorga’s social media.
Gorga explained — “We’re here practicing for Magic Mike and we just got the news: So someone reached out from Brad Garrett’s comedy club to my manager.”
He added — “It’s a complete scam. There was a ticket link. People bought tickets. Don’t worry. Your money’s gonna get returned.”
Melissa asked — “So there was nobody from Brad Garrett’s comedy club?”
Gorga said — “I got scammed. [Frank] was going to be my host,” as Catania chimed in to confirm that he had been “practicing.”
Gorga concluded — “But listen, it is what it is. Nobody got hurt. Don’t worry. I’ll see you at BravoCon. Make sure you come to Magic Mike.”
Avigail is an Entertainment blogger at All About The Tea, who specializes in The Real Housewives of Atlanta and The Real Housewives of Potomac. Avigail has a background in marketing. She’s a Brooklynite living in the Bahamas, with a passion for travel, writing, reality TV watching, pop culture and spoken word.