Jason Jones (actor)
June 3, 1973 |
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
|Spouse(s)||Samantha Bee (2001-present)|
|Children||Piper (b. 2006)
Fletcher (b. 2008)
Ripley (b. 2010)
Life and career
Jones was born in Hamilton, Ontario. He attended Ryerson Theatre School in Toronto. Jones is married to fellow The Daily Show correspondent Samantha Bee, with whom he has three children: daughter Piper Bee-Jones (born 2006), son, Fletcher Bee-Jones (born 2008), and daughter, Ripley Bee-Jones (born 2010).
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
In September 2005, Jones joined the Daily Show cast as a contributor. When his wife left the show in late December for family leave, Jones was promoted to a full-time correspondent. Thereafter, he won a significant following at The Daily Show, thanks to a few pieces on the Denmark cartoons, Carl Monday, and Laguna Beach. Before Rob Corddry left The Daily Show he said, "Jason Jones has raised the bar too high. I just can’t say the things he says to people." His exposé on the real values of Wasilla, Alaska remains one of the most popular pieces on The Daily Show website. Jones and Bee each continue to appear on the show as senior correspondents.
In June 2009, Jones was sent to Tehran just prior to the controversial 2009 presidential election. Jones' reports in Iran included an interview with Newsweek journalist Maziar Bahari, who was arrested after the disputed June 2009 presidential elections. During his time in prison, Bahari's interrogators charged him with espionage and used Jones' interview as evidence against him. It was later clarified by Bahari that the charges were fabricated.
Jones has also done various television work with his Canadian sketch comedy troupe The Bobroom, and was the host of Craft Corner Deathmatch on the Style Network in 2005. He also co-wrote, co-starred in, and co-produced the 2004 film Ham & Cheese, with fellow Bobroom alumnus Mike Beaver; the film was nominated for six Canadian Comedy Awards in 2005. He has also had minor roles in numerous feature films – such as the 2003 Public Domain, also starring Don McKellar, the 2002 Syfy original film, Terminal Invasion and Nicole DeBoer – and appeared in the TV show Queer as Folk. He has also appeared on the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother playing "Tony". Jones has appeared twice on the NBC series Law & Order as Len Pewels, host of the fictional Len Pewels America. Jones is currently working on a CBS sitcom about a celebrity chef (to be played by Jones), with his wife, Samantha Bee. They starred as husband and wife in a movie entitled "Cooper's Camera" (USA "Cooper's Christmas"), in which their Christmas was recorded on a brand new (1985, at the time) camera.
Jones did further work in a series of television advertisements, including a series for beer brand Molson, and appearing as Greg Gregger in Budweiser's short films The Best Man and The Company Man, as well as in some 30-second commercials. Jones had a supporting role in the 2009 movie All About Steve. In early 2010, he starred in a sitcom pilot for ABC called How to be a Better American, but it was not picked up as a series. He also made a cameo appearance in the 2012 movie Pitch Perfect.
- Itzkoff, Dave (June 16, 2009). "'Daily Show' Sends Reporter to Iran". The New York Times. Retrieved May 5, 2010.
- Bahari, Maziar. "Newsweek Reporter's Ordeal in Iran". Newsweek. p. 5. Archived from the original on 2009-12-01. Retrieved 2009-12-01.
- "Biography of Jason Jones". AllAmericanSpeakers.com. 2007. Retrieved 2009-05-11.
- The New York Times "Sitcom Deals For 'Daily Show' Stars". October 21, 2008
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