Jimmy Pardo performing at MaxFunCon 2009 in Lake Arrowhead, CA.
July 28, 1966 |
Chicago, Illinois, USA
|Medium||Stand-up Comedy, Television, Film, Podcast|
|Genres||Observational comedy, Crowd based material, Insult comedy|
|Subject(s)||Pop culture, American culture|
|Influences||Don Rickles, Johnny Carson|
|Notable works and roles||Never Not Funny
The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien
Pardo was born in Chicago, Illinois and spent his first 8 years living on the south side, eventually moving to the south suburbs of Chicago. He spent his grade school years living in Hometown, Illinois. In 1980, his family moved to Oak Forest, Illinois where he attended Oak Forest High School. In 1986, he moved to Pasadena, California to attend the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. He attended for one year, then returned to Chicago to pursue a career in stand-up comedy.
In late 1988, Pardo started performing at open microphones at various venues around Chicago, including "The Roxy", "The Last Laugh" and "The Comedy Cottage". The plethora of successful comedy clubs in the area at that time meant Pardo started earning money almost immediately, allowing him to quit his day job as a sales rep for MCA Records. In addition to his comedy CDs Uno, Pompous Clown and Sprezzatura, in 2007 Pardo appeared on the comedy compilation CD Comedy Death-Ray. Pardo is also featured on The Bob and Tom Show's comedy collection As Big As a Hat.
Pardo was the warm-up comedian for The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien. He has returned as the opening act for Conan, and appeared in a recurring on-air sketch throughout the week of April 11, 2011. In May 2011 he began conducting backstage interviews with celebrity guests for a web series called "The Pardo Patrol."
In September 2013, Pardo released his latest comedy album entitled Sprezzatura.
- "Jimmy Pardo – September 11, 2008". wsf1027fm.blogspot.com. August 23, 2010
- Israel, David K. (April 30, 2009). "Creatively Speaking: Jimmy Pardo". Mental Floss
- "No Couch For Richter?? A Report From A TONIGHT SHOW WITH CONAN O'BRIEN Test Show!!" Ain't It Cool News. May 27, 2009
- "Andy's Sidekick 04/11/11". Team Coco. April 12, 2011.
- "The Pardo Patrol". TeamCoco.com. Retrieved July 16, 2013.
- "Never Not Funny". pardcast.com. Retrieved July 16, 2013.
- Jimmy Pardo at the Internet Movie Database
- Jimmy Pardo's Website
- Interview from June 2008
- Jimmy Pardo's "Never Not Funny" Podcast
- Meet Jimmy Pardo: Never Not Having Fun on LAist