He first donned the character’s signature look in 2012 at New York Comic Con after he found his original Ghost Rider costume to be too hot for the packed Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.
Instead of wearing a mask and leather biker attire, Franzese opted for the clothes he brought in his suitcase and created a climate-friendly Peter Griffin outfit, complete with a simple button-down, slacks and glasses.
According to Franzese, his last-minute switch became an instant hit once people heard his spot-on impressions.
Since then, Franzese has gone viral on multiple occasions as Peter Griffin and has become a regular fixture on the comic convention circuit.
Franzese told Fox News he did not attend New York Comic Con this year, which concluded its four-day run on Sunday, Oct. 10. Instead, he plans to make his return to conventions in 2022.
“I currently film shout-out videos on Cameo, as well as maintain several social media accounts across Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, YouTube and Twitter,” he wrote in an email.
Franzese has created nearly 800 custom video greetings on Cameo and he’s earned a 5-star rating from customers who have purchased clips for business endeavors and personal uses.
His most-viewed impression on TikTok has more than 9.2 million views, an impressive achievement considering he joined the platform in June 2021.
Aside from creating content that can be consumed digitally, Franzese has attended parties and other formal events as Peter Griffin.
The Long Island native’s talent hasn’t gone unnoticed by the “Family Guy” team either. Franzese promoted the show’s mobile game app in 2017 and has met various voice actors from the show, including Seth Greene, Adam West and Ralph Garman.
Franzese has even gotten a shout out of his own from the “Family Guy” crew in the show’s 2019 episode “You Can’t Handle the Booth” (season 17, episode 16).