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September 19, 1954 |
St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
Allan Havey (born September 19, 1954) is an American stand-up comic and actor. He started his career as a comedian in New York City in 1981. He made his national debut in 1986 on Late Night with David Letterman and made many appearances on the show throughout the 1980s and 1990s. His latest appearance on the show was on October 8, 2010. During the Leno/Letterman controversy which sent the latter to CBS, Havey, with his own, low-key talk show on Comedy Central, was one of the many considered by NBC as Letterman's replacement, before the search ended with then-unknown comedy writer Conan O'Brien being vaulted to stardom.
In November 1989 he was chosen by HBO to host a show on The Comedy Channel (later known as Comedy Central). His show, Night After Night with Allan Havey, which initially ran for three hours nightly, presented Allan's unique stream of consciousness, celebrity interviews, news and film clips (with commentary), and unusual "on location" scenarios. Havey often recounted stories from his life, sometimes apocryphal or tongue in cheek, sometimes very real, in tandem with his breaking down of "the fourth wall" via riffing with those behind the camera, such as producer Sue Fellows or head writer Eddie Gorodetsky. Night After Night, shot early mornings in studio and eventually assumed under the watershed of HBO Downtown Productions, became a cult classic among fans. The show also featured an "Audience of One", a "Viewer Mail" segment, "Dave the Weatherman", and announcer Nick Bakay, who left in 1992, to perform the same role on The Dennis Miller Show. Night After Night ran for three years.
His film roles include Internal Affairs, Checking Out, Rounders, Hancock, Jerry Seinfeld's documentary Comedian, and Steven Soderberg's The Informant!. On television Havey's comedy was featured twice on HBO's One Night Stand; both appearances were nominated for Cable ACE awards. As a television actor he has guest starred on Seinfeld, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Punk'd, and The Sarah Silverman Program. In 2006 Havey was cast as a lead in the Fox Sitcom Free Ride, where he played Bob Stahlings, father of the main character Nate Stahlings. In 2012 he appeared on Ray Romano's Men of a Certain Age, in Disney's Good Luck Charlie and FX's Louie. In 2013 he was featured on two episodes of The Office and appeared on the AMC show Mad Men.
Allan currently headlines in clubs and at colleges across the U.S.