James Adomian

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James Adomian
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Born (1980-01-31) January 31, 1980 (age 35)
Occupation Comedian
Years active 2005–present

James Adomian (born January 31, 1980) an American stand-up comedian, actor, and impressionist. He is best known for his work on Comedy Bang Bang, Last Comic Standing and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson where he impersonated President George W. Bush until 2009.

Life and career[edit]

Raised in Omaha Nebraska, Adomian moved to Atlanta and later Los Angeles. Adomian is an alumnus of Los Angeles Baptist High School and graduated from Whittier College with a self-designed major in Economics and Theatre Arts.[citation needed] He is partly of Armenian descent.

In 2012, Adomian appeared on IFC's Comedy Bang Bang (TV Series) as PBS broadcaster Huell Howser, on Adult Swim's Childrens Hospital as Madonna and on MTV's Money from Strangers as himself, also making regular appearances as various sketch characters on Conan.

In 2011, he was cast as a co-lead in the un-aired Kari Lizer pilot project for NBC alongside Sarah Paulson and Tim Meadows.

In summer 2010, he appeared on NBC's Last Comic Standing as a top-ten finalist, and also starred in the un-aired Krog pilot for Cartoon Network.

Adomian began appearing as President George W. Bush frequently on The Late Late Show after Craig Ferguson took over hosting the show in January 2005 until 2009.

He has appeared on several other comedy programs, including MADtv, Mind of Mencia, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Short Circuitz, Atom TV, Cavemen, Recount and Players.

Adomian has appeared in the films Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay and Miss March.

As a voiceover artist, Adomian performed on The Onion Radio News, as several recurring characters on the PBS cartoon series WordGirl, as President Bush on a few episodes of MADtv, as Jimmy Kimmel on Celebrity Deathmatch and on a number of other cartoons.

Podcasts and internet[edit]

Since 2009, Adomian has appeared as a frequent guest on many comedy podcast episodes, including Comedy Bang Bang, Sklarbro Country, The Todd Glass Show and WTF with Marc Maron becoming well-known to audiences for his impressions and characters in that new free-form internet medium. His most notable podcast impressions skew towards the absurd, unusual and high-energy, including Jesse Ventura, Huell Howser, Paul Giamatti, Gordon Ramsay, Dov Charney, food critic Merrill Shindler, Gary Busey, Tim Gunn, Richard Branson, Tom Leykis and several fellow comedians such as Todd Glass and Andy Kindler.

Adomian has released several viral internet videos in recent years, including "Hillary's Downfall" and several videos as George W. Bush. Other videos on YouTube and Funny or Die include performances as Sam Elliott, Jesse Ventura, Alan Moore, Brett Favre, Vincent Price, Orson Welles, Gary Busey, Lewis Black, wrestler Hacksaw Jim Duggan and George Zimmer from The Men's Wearhouse. He also appeared as "The Gunslinger" in Chad, Matt & Rob's Interactive Adventure, "The Treasure Hunt."[citation needed]

During the Bush presidency, Adomian released several YouTube videos as Bush for a number of liberal organizations, including Working Assets, Laughing Liberally, Free Press and OpenLeft.

On July 2, 2014 James appeared on Ken Reid (comedian)'s TV Guidance Counselor Podcast.

Stand-up comedy album[edit]

In 2012, Adomian released his debut comedy album Low Hangin Fruit. The release was the first album released by Earwolf, and received mostly positive reviews.[1] The one-hour stand-up set features personal stories, a number of celebrity impressions and political material including observations regarding the cultural perceptions of LGBT people.

Live appearances[edit]

Adomian frequently performs live at Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in sketch and stand-up shows such as Comedy Bang Bang, Who Charted?, and many others. He is also an alumnus of the Sunday Company at The Groundlings Theatre, where he still frequently performs. He also regularly performs at "The Tomorrow Show" and other stand-up shows in Hollywood. Adomian is known for doing many impressions at live shows, both in-costume and as part of his standup act, including Vincent Price, Lewis Black, Orson Welles, Jesse Ventura, Paul Giamatti, Michael Caine, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Sam Elliott, Al Franken, Huell Howser, Christopher Hitchens, Gary Busey, John McCain, Joe Lieberman, Marc Maron, Jimmy Kimmel, Andy Kindler, Tom Leykis, Todd Glass and George W. Bush. He has performed several impressions as recurring characters on the Comedy Bang Bang [2]

Adomian often makes live appearances around the country doing standup or characters, particularly at left-wing political events like YearlyKos, Laughing Liberally, the National Conference for Media Reform and campaign events for Congressman Alan Grayson. In 2010, he made several live standup appearances across North America in the Breaking Even tour.[citation needed]

In 2008, he appeared with comedian Greg Giraldo at venues around the country as part of the Indecision '08 Tour produced by Comedy Central. He has performed at comedy festivals across North America, including Just for Laughs in Montreal.[citation needed] In March 2012, Adomian had his first overseas appearance, headlining a sell-out two night show in Seoul, South Korea for Stand Up Seoul.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Adomian is openly gay.[4] He is the grandson of Armenian-American mathematician George Adomian.[5]



See also[edit]


  1. ^ Wenzel, John. "James Adomian Low Hangin Fruit album review". The Spit Take. Retrieved 10 April 2013. 
  2. ^ "James Adomian on Earwolf". Comedy Bang Bang. Retrieved 2013-10-07. 
  3. ^ MacDonald, Hamish. "James Adomian brings the funny to Seoul". Korea Herald. Retrieved 2012-03-05. 
  4. ^ McKee, Ryan. "How to Improve 'Last Comic Standing': Bring Back The House!". TV Squad. Retrieved 2011-02-24.  - "When James Adomian performs, it's more exciting if you know he could be the first gay comic to win 'LCS.' Wait, you didn't even know he's gay? My point exactly. Bring back the house."
  5. ^ "Probably Science : Episode 017 - James Adomian". Probablyscience.libsyn.com. 2012-04-23. Retrieved 2014-03-08. 

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