John Lutz (television writer)
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John Lutz on a bench
23 April 1973
Pipestone, Minnesota, U.S.
|Occupation||Television writer, Actor, Comedian|
John Lutz (born April 23, 1973 in Pipestone, Minnesota) is an American actor, writer, and comedian best known for playing J. D. Lutz on the NBC sitcom 30 Rock; he also was a writer for the NBC late-night variety series Saturday Night Live for seven seasons.
In 2014, Lutz joined the writing staff of the NBC late-night talk show Late Night with Seth Meyers.
The son of a Lutheran minister, Lutz grew up in suburban Chicago and Detroit. He has two brothers; Jeremy, who is a math teacher in North Carolina, Joel and a sister, Jamie. He attended Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Indiana, where he was a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity, majoring in psychology and minoring in business. Lutz performed in university theatre productions during his last three semesters on campus. He later began his professional career as a writer-performer with Chicago's ImprovOlympic and The Second City theaters.
Lutz was hired at NBC's Saturday Night Live in February 2004 after spending three years touring with Second City. NBC flew him in third-class to New York for a face-to-face interview with Lorne Michaels, the creator and executive producer of the sketch comedy show.
During this time, he has also appeared in small roles on SNL. Lutz played the role of J. D. Lutz on the NBC sitcom 30 Rock until the series completion in January 2013. His character was a sketch comedy writer for the show-within-a-show.
Lutz makes frequent appearances in the long-running hit improv show ASSSSCAT 3000 at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in New York City.
Starting in November 2010, Lutz has been performing at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York with fellow 30 Rock star Scott Adsit in the two-man improv show John and Scott. He and Scott perform long-form improv with a single suggestion from an audience member. The show has been very successful and is still running as of January 2015.
On October 17, 2011, he appeared in an episode of The Good Wife.
|2004-2010||Saturday Night Live||Occasional roles||19 episodes|
|2006-2013||30 Rock||J.D. Lutz||77 episodes|
|2008||Stick it in Detroit||Justin Rose|
|2008||Human Giant||Detective Joseph DeCarlo||1 episode|
|2011||Friends with Kids||Jason's Colleague at Work|
|2011, 2012||The Good Wife||Lawyer||2 episodes|
|2012||Sleepwalk with Me||Chip|
|2003-2010||Saturday Night Live|
|2008-2009||Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday|
|2014||Late Night with Seth Meyers|
- "Valparaiso University Digital Collections : Compound Object Viewer". Collections.valpo.edu. Retrieved 2011-10-31.
- O'Neal, Sean. "30 Rock's Lutz to offer himself up for psychological experiments". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 11 October 2012.
- "Valpo Magazine". Valparaiso University. Volume 25, number 3 (spring 2009). Pp. 30-31.
- John Lutz at the Internet Movie Database
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