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Stamatopoulos (center) at the 2008 San Diego Comic-Con for TV Funhouse
December 14, 1964
|Notable work(s)||Late Night with Conan O'Brien
The Ben Stiller Show
The Drinky Crow Show
Mary Shelley's Frankenhole
|Notable award(s)||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 has worked on Mr. Show, TV Funhouse, Mad TV, The Dana Carvey Show, Late Show with David Letterman and Late Night with Conan O'Brien. He is also the creator of the Adult Swim programs Moral Orel and Mary Shelley's Frankenhole. Stamatopoulos also played the recurring role of "Star-Burns" on the NBC comedy series Community, while behind the scenes working as a producer and writer. His newest animated series High School USA! premiered on FOX in July 2013.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Stamatopoulos appeared in a recurring role as "Star-Burns" on the NBC comedy series Community from Season one in 2009 until his character was supposedly killed off in season three. His character was later discovered to be alive, although he did not return in season four. He was also a consulting producer and writer on the show. He co-wrote the stop motion animation Christmas episode which aired on December 9, 2010. In 2013, Dino returned as part the writing staff for the fifth season of Community along with show creator Dan Harmon.
In 2012, Stamatopoulos began hosting the "Sorry About Everything" podcast on the The Steve Dahl Podcasting Network.
|Year||Title||Role||Type of show||Character|
|2013||High School USA!||Creator
|2010–2012||Mary Shelley's Frankenhole||Creator
|2010||Yappy Broads||Actor||Adult Swim Pilot||Co-host|
|2008–2009||The Drinky Crow Show||Voice actor||Animated series||Drinky Crow
|2006||Lucky Louie||Writer||TV Sitcom|
|Animated series||Various characters|
|2004–2005||Tom Goes To The Mayor||Writer
|2002–2003||Mad TV||Writer||Sketch Comedy series|
|Sketch Comedy series||Chickey
|1996–2006||Saturday Night Live||Writer (TV Funhouse)
|Sketch Comedy series||Michael Jackson|
|1996–1998||Mr. Show with Bob and David||Writer
|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
|Late Night Talk Show||Tomari the Ostrich
|1992–1993||The Ben Stiller Show||Writer||Sketch Comedy series|
- Dino Stamatopoulos at the Internet Movie Database
- Dino Stamatopoulos on Twitter
- TV Squad interview with Dino Stamatopoulos