Al Madrigal

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Al Madrigal
Al Madrigal by Sachyn Mital.jpg
Madrigal in 2012
Birth name Alessandro Liborio Madrigal
Born (1971-07-04) July 4, 1971 (age 43)
San Francisco, California, U.S.
Medium Stand-up, television, film
Nationality American
Genres Observational comedy, Satire
Subject(s) American culture, Human behavior, Family, Fatherhood, Cultural Assimilation

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Alessandro Liborio "Al" Madrigal (born July 4, 1971[1]) is an American stand-up comedian and actor. He is a regular correspondent on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. He previously co-starred in the CBS prime-time situation comedies Gary Unmarried with Jay Mohr and Welcome to The Captain[1] with Fran Kranz. He was a regular sketch performer on The Late Late Show[2] with Craig Ferguson and has also appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live!. He also starred on NBC's About A Boy which premiered in February 2014.

Early life[edit]

A native of San Francisco, California, Madrigal grew up in the city's Inner Sunset District, where his neighbors included future comedians Mike Pritchard, Margaret Cho and the Meehan Brothers. His father is of Mexican heritage while his mother is of Sicilian heritage.[3][4] He attended St. Ignatius College Preparatory High School where he was salutatorian for the class of 1989. He then attended the University of San Francisco, but left the school two credits shy of receiving a degree. Madrigal worked for 10 years in a human resources staffing agency run by his family. In 1998, he decided to pursue a full-time career in comedy.[5]


Madrigal appeared in San Francisco's comedy clubs, both as a solo performer and as a member of the sketch group Fresh Robots, which he co-founded. In 2002, he enjoyed his first major exposure in two comedy festivals: Sketchfest in San Francisco, as part of Fresh Robots,[6] and the "New Faces" showcase of the Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal.[7]

In 2003, Madrigal successfully auditioned for a starring role on The Ortegas, a comedy series for the Fox Network. The series, which was based on the BBC comedy The Kumars at No. 42, cast Madrigal as the son of a Mexican American family in California who hosts a TV talk show from a studio he operates in the backyard of his parents' home.[8] However, the network dropped the series from its schedule before broadcasting any of its six filmed episodes.[9]

Comedy Central featured his stand up in their animated series Shorties Watchin' Shorties. Madrigal won a jury award in 2004 for best stand-up comedian at the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Colorado. After winning the award, he signed a talent holding deal with CBS.[10] However, he would not appear on CBS until January 2008, when he was cast as a building attendant named Jesus (pronounced “Jee-sus”) in the CBS comedy Welcome to The Captain.[11] The series was cancelled after five episodes.[12]

Madrigal was the star of a 2005 Comedy Central special, and has been a guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. He co-starred in the CBS series Gary Unmarried (originally titled Project Gary), which debuted on CBS in September 2008.[7] He appeared on The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien on July 8, 2009.[13] He appeared again on Conan's new TBS Show Conan on May 10, 2011.[14] It was announced on May 17, 2011, that he would be joining The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. On March 14, 2013, it was announced that Al would be joining NBC's About A Boy.[15]

All Things Comedy[edit]

In 2012, Madrigal and comedian Bill Burr founded All Things Comedy, a comedy podcast network and artist cooperative.[16] Madrigal and Burr started the network as a way to help comedians maintain full ownership of their work.[17] The network hosts over 50 podcasts and garners nearly 5 million listeners per month.[18]

At South by Southwest 2015, Madrigal, Burr, and comedian Doug Benson spoke on the “Owning Your Work: The Future of All Things Comedy” panel, where they “discussed the ins and outs of their operation and how they are working to help comics carve out their own paths in show business and avoid traditional gatekeepers.”[19]

From 2010-2014, he co-hosted a podcast called “Minivan Men” with comedians Maz Jobrani, Aaron Aryanpur, and Chris Spencer, in which they discussed marriage, parenting, and domestic issues.[20]

Madrigal and Burr host the “All Things Comedy Live Podcast,” which streams monthly. The podcast has featured comics including Sinbad, Nick Thune, Felipe Esparza, Doug Benson, Pete Holmes, Ian Edwards, and Fred Stoller.[21]


  1. ^ a b "'Welcome to The Captain,' Al Madrigal bio,"
  2. ^ Al Madrigal at the Internet Movie Database
  3. ^ Tamara Straus (March 4, 2010). "Al Madrigal to play the Punch Line". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2013-06-25. 
  4. ^ Twitter
  5. ^ “Al Madrigal,”
  6. ^ "Jokers Run Wild," January 3, 2002
  7. ^ a b "He's Starting Over – Again," The Boston Globe, June 27, 2008
  8. ^ "Al Madrigal: 'The Ortegas'" Variety, September 11, 2003
  9. ^ "Fox Drops 'The Ortegas' but Insists the Show Has Not Been Canceled," The New York Times, October 6, 2003
  10. ^ "Comedy ice," The Hollywood Reporter, March 1, 2006
  11. ^ "'The Captain' not welcome on my television," Newsday, February 4, 2008[dead link]
  12. ^ "CBS Announces Their 2008-09 Schedule. Who's Been Cancelled?"
  13. ^ [1][dead link]
  14. ^ Comedian Al Madrigal Knows How To Pick Em - Video @
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  16. ^ Espinoza, Russ. "New Model for a Funny Business". The Austin Chronicle. Austin Chronicle Corp. Retrieved 15 May 2015. 
  17. ^ Espinoza, Russ. [( "New Model for a Funny Business"]. The Austin Chronicle. Austin Chronicle Corp. Retrieved 15 May 2015. 
  18. ^ McGlynn, Katia. "5 Things Comedians Can Learn from Bill Burr, Al Madrigal and the Power of All Things Comedy". Huffington Post., Inc. Retrieved 15 May 2015. 
  19. ^ McGlynn, Katia. "5 Things Comedians Can Learn From Bill Burr, Al Madrigal and the Power of All Things Comedy". The Huffington Post., Inc. Retrieved 15 May 2015. 
  20. ^ N/A, N/A. "Minivan Men". All Things Comedy. All Things Comedy. Retrieved 15 May 2015. 
  21. ^ N/A, N/A. "All Things Comedy Live Podcast". All Things Comedy. All Things Comedy. Retrieved 15 May 2015. 

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