John Lutz (television writer)

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John Lutz
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John Lutz on a bench
Born John Lutz
(1973-04-23) 23 April 1973 (age 41)
Pipestone, Minnesota, U.S.
Occupation Television writer, Actor, Comedian
Years active 2001-present
Spouse(s) Sue Galloway

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,[1] 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.

He is married to Saturday Night Live contributor and 30 Rock co-star Sue Galloway.[2]

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.



Year(s) Title Role Notes
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
2009 Mystery Team Frank
2009 Splinterheads Guinness Man
2011 Friends with Kids Jason's Colleague at Work
2011, 2012 The Good Wife Lawyer 2 episodes
2012 Sleepwalk with Me Chip


Year(s) Title Notes
2003-2010 Saturday Night Live
2008-2009 Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday
2014 Late Night with Seth Meyers


  1. ^ "Valparaiso University Digital Collections : Compound Object Viewer". Retrieved 2011-10-31. 
  2. ^ O'Neal, Sean. "30 Rock's Lutz to offer himself up for psychological experiments". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 11 October 2012. 

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