Dino Stamatopoulos

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Dino Stamatopoulos
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Stamatopoulos at the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con
Born Konstantinos Stamatopoulos
(1964-12-14) December 14, 1964 (age 50)
Norridge, Illinois
Occupation Writer
Nationality American
Genre Comedy
Black comedy
Notable works Late Night with Conan O'Brien
The Ben Stiller Show
Mr. Show
TV Funhouse
Moral Orel
The Drinky Crow Show
Mary Shelley's Frankenhole
Notable awards Emmy Awards
Outstanding Writing for a Variety or Music Program
1993 The Ben Stiller Show

Konstantinos "Dino" Stamatopoulos (Greek: Κωνσταντίνος Σταματόπουλος) is a Greek-American television comedy writer, actor and producer who worked on TV programs such as Mr. Show, TV Funhouse, Mad TV, The Dana Carvey Show, Late Show with David Letterman and Late Night with Conan O'Brien[citation needed] and created the Adult Swim programs Moral Orel and Mary Shelley's Frankenhole.[citation needed] As an actor, Stamatopoulos is best known for his recurring role as the character "Star-Burns" on the NBC comedy series Community, but he also works behind the scenes as a producer and consulting writer.[citation needed] His newest animated series High School USA! premiered on FOX in July 2013.[citation needed]


While at Ridgewood High School, Stamatopoulos wrote for his school variety show and was astounded he could get laughs with the material he had written. While attending Columbia College Chicago he performed a duo act with comedian Andy Dick, in which Stamatopoulos played a ventriloquist and Dick played a dummy under the influence of sleeping pills.[citation needed]

Stamatopoulos had written a spec script for a Simpsons episode, just out of love for the show, and Andy convinced him to submit it to The Ben Stiller Show, which got him hired. He met and worked with Bob Odenkirk. After Stiller's show was canceled, he moved to New York and joined the writing staff of Late Night with Conan O'Brien, also with Odenkirk. During the '90s he wrote for Late Show with David Letterman, The Dana Carvey Show and Mr. Show with Bob and David. In 2000 Dino and Robert Smigel pitched Comedy Central a spin-off of Smigel's TV Funhouse Saturday Night Live cartoons which would be a half-hour sketch comedy show. TV Funhouse premiered on 2000 and was canceled after one season. He later joined the writing staff on Mad TV.[citation needed]

Stamatopoulos worked as a creative consultant and contributing writer on the first season of Tom Goes to the Mayor, with Tim & Eric and Bob Odenkirk. He also provided the voice of Drinky Crow on The Drinky Crow Show, which aired for one season on Adult Swim.[citation needed] His stop motion animated series Moral Orel premiered on Adult Swim on Christmas 2005 and aired for three seasons, airing its final episode in December 2008. Following the cancellation, the show began to gain more popularity through reruns, leading to Adult Swim eventually reviving the series. It was announced on May 17, 2012 that a special episode titled "Beforel Orel" will air in September 2012, with the possibility of more new episodes to follow.[citation needed]

In 2010, Stamatopoulos began his new stop motion series Mary Shelley's Frankenhole, the show most recently finished its second season on Adult Swim in March 2012.[1]

Stamatopoulos appeared as "Star-Burns" on the NBC comedy series Community from season one in 2009 until his character's death was announced in season three. However, in the season finale, his character was revealed to have faked his death, although he did not return until season five. He was also a consulting producer and writer on the show and co-wrote the stop motion animation Christmas episode which aired on December 9, 2010. In 2013, he returned as part the writing staff for the fifth season of Community along with show creator Dan Harmon.[citation needed]

A long-time fan of radio personality Steve Dahl, Stamatopoulos hosted a podcast called "Sorry About Everything" from May 2012 until June 2013 on Dahl's Steve Dahl Network.[2]

Selected filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Type of show Character
2015 The Jack and Triumph Show Writer Adult Swim sitcom
2013 High School USA! Creator
Animated series
2010–2012 Mary Shelley's Frankenhole Creator
Executive Producer
Animated series Death
The Mummy
Mother Teresa
Additional voices
2010 Yappy Broads Actor Adult Swim Pilot Co-host


Community Recurring Role
TV Sitcom Alex "Star-Burns" Osbourne
2008–2009 The Drinky Crow Show Voice actor Animated series Drinky Crow
Lt. Vronchy
Additional voices
2006 Lucky Louie Writer TV Sitcom
2005–2008 Moral Orel Creator
Executive Producer
Animated series Various characters
2004–2005 Tom Goes to the Mayor Writer
Creative Consultant
Animated series
2002–2003 Mad TV Writer Sketch Comedy series
2002 The Master of Disguise Co-producer Live Action Comedy Movie
2000–2001 TV Funhouse Writer
Executive Producer
Sketch Comedy series Chickey
Mr. Whiskers
Various characters
1996–2006 Saturday Night Live Writer (TV Funhouse)
Voice Actor
Sketch Comedy series Michael Jackson
1996–1998 Mr. Show with Bob and David Writer
Executive Producer
Sketch Comedy series Various characters
1996–1997 Late Show with David Letterman Writer Late Night Talk Show
1996 The Dana Carvey Show Writer Sketch Comedy series
1993–1999 Late Night with Conan O'Brien Writer
Sketch Actor
Late Night Talk Show Tomari the Ostrich
Kiss-Ass Turkey
Abe Lincoln
Various characters
1992–1993 The Ben Stiller Show Writer Sketch Comedy series


  1. ^ "The Comic's Comic interviews Scott Adsit". Thecomicscomic.typepad.com. 2009-11-02. Retrieved 2014-01-08. 
  2. ^ "It's here, the first "Sorry About Everything Podcast" with Dino Stamatopoulos". Steve Dahl Network. 2012-05-31. Archived from the original on 2013-05-10. Retrieved 2013-12-22. 

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