John Fugelsang

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John Fugelsang
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Fugelsang performs in 2011.
Born John Joseph Fugelsang[1]
(1969-09-03) September 3, 1969 (age 45)
Long Island, New York, US
Occupation Actor, comedian, writer

John Joseph Fugelsang (born September 3, 1969) is an American actor, television personality and comedian.[2]

Career[edit]

Stage and screen[edit]

Fugelsang has appeared in diverse projects as an actor, ranging from CSI and Providence to Coyote Ugly. As a comedian, he has performed at the US Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen and the Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal and made over 20 appearances on Politically Incorrect.

In 2007 he premiered the acclaimed solo show All The Wrong Reasons off Broadway at New York Theatre Workshop.[3] The show received a Drama League nomination for "Distinguished Performance".[4] New York Magazine said "Fugelsang has the soul of an iconoclast" and The New York Daily News said the piece "packed an unexpectedly lovely and life affirming wallop."[5]

Subsequent runs included Los Angeles, Seattle, New York City's Barrow St. Theatre, Albuquerque, and closing the South Beach Comedy Festival in Miami.

Additional film, television, and stage credits include Becker, Somewhere in the City, The Michael Richards Show, Beyond Belief, Chicken Soup for the Soul, Hamlet, Blue Window, and Savage in Limbo.

Host and presenter[edit]

Fugelsang has hosted George Harrison: The Last Performance and Paul McCartney's Live Town Hall on VH1. He was also on America's Funniest Home Videos[3] (co-hosting with Daisy Fuentes) for two seasons from 1998 to 1999, co-hosted John McEnroe's short-lived CNBC talk show in 2004, and was a regular on CNBC's Bullseye and Fox News' Red Eye. He was the co-host of the World Series of Blackjack on GSN alongside Bringing Down the House author Ben Mezrich. He also co-hosted, along with Debra Wilson and Teresa Strasser, TV Watercooler on TV Guide Channel from 2005 – 2009. In 2012, John Fugelsang hosted a series of videos on the YouTube channel "POLIPOP". From January 2013 until August 2013, Fugelsang was the host of the Current TV political talk show Viewpoint. The show ended with the end of all live programming on Current.

Political commentator[edit]

In addition to his appearances on the late-night political talk show Politically Incorrect, Fugelsang has been a contributor to The Huffington Post weblog.

He is a regular commentator and guest on nationally syndicated progressive radio program The Stephanie Miller Show, and has served as guest host on occasion. His usual guest spot on the show is called "Fridays with Fugelsang."

He's been featured on CNN, Fox News, Dennis Miller, The Young Turks,[6] Air America, CNBC, and MSNBC. He served as the host on the Current TV political talk show, So That Happened. Additionally, he has contributed to Current TV's coverage of the 2012 presidential campaign. On January 6, 2013, he replaced Eliot Spitzer as host of Viewpoint on Current TV.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Fugelsang was born on Long Island, New York. Of Danish, German, and Irish descent,[8] he is the son of a former nun and former Franciscan Brother.[3] At New York University, Fugelsang attended the Tisch School of the Arts and graduated with a degree in film and television.[9][10] Fugelsang also studied theatre at the Circle in the Square Theatre.[10] He worked in special education for several years. He lives with his wife, designer Charmien La Framenta, and their son, Henry Jack in Greenwich Village, NYC, and Hollywood. On Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, Fugelsang debated atheist Jamie Kilstein, noting his views as being founded upon what Jesus preached. Fugelsang has not specified which denomination he belongs to, if any.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "John Fugelsang Biography". TV Guide. Retrieved September 17, 2013. 
  2. ^ "John Fugelsang Filmography". The New York Times. 
  3. ^ a b c Charles Isherwood. "Goodness gracious, that's why he's a mess" (review of "All the Wrong Reasons"), The New York Times, April 16, 2007. Retrieved 2011-08-02.
  4. ^ "Playbill.com". Playbill.com. April 25, 2007. Retrieved July 14, 2012. 
  5. ^ Dziemianowicz, Joe (April 17, 2007). "A stellar storyteller & standup comic". New York Daily News. 
  6. ^ The Young Turks. "The Point with Ana Kasparian". 
  7. ^ Stelter, Brian (01/06/2013). "Eliot Spitzer Ends His Show on Current TV". New York Times. Retrieved January 6, 2013.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  8. ^ "Bio | John Fugelsang". Blog.johnfugelsang.com. April 2, 2011. Retrieved September 17, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Notable Undergraduate Alumni of Film & TV". NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Retrieved June 26, 2013. 
  10. ^ a b "John Fugelsang". Nancy Vogl Speakers Bureau. Retrieved June 26, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Totally Biased: The God Debate". YouTube. September 11, 2013. Retrieved September 17, 2013. 

External links[edit]

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Preceded by
Bob Saget
Co-Host of America's Funniest Home Videos with Daisy Fuentes
1998–1999
Succeeded by
Tom Bergeron