Steve Sweeney

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For the New Jersey politician, see Stephen M. Sweeney.
Steve Sweeney
Born September 5, 1949
Charlestown, Massachusetts, U.S.
Medium Stand-up, Television, Film
Years active Early 70s - 1999
Genres Observational comedy, Satire
Notable works and roles Park Street Under

Steve Sweeney (born September 5, 1949) is an American comedian.

Biography[edit]

Sweeney was born in Charlestown, a section of Boston. His Boston accent and idiosyncratic mannerisms are trademarks of his stand-up act, headlining at comedy clubs across the country, including Caroline's Comedy Club in New York City.

A graduate of Charlestown High School, he earned a BA in Theatre Arts at the University of Massachusetts Boston (1974) and an MFA from the University of Southern California.

During the early 1970s, a small group of Boston 'would-be' comedians regularly performed at a comedy club started by Martin Olson and Barry Crimmins in a back room of Ding-Ho, a Chinese Restaurant near Inman Square in Cambridge, MA. This group included such unknowns as Lenny Clarke, Kevin Meaney, Jay Leno, Bobcat Goldthwait, Bill Sohonage, and Steven Wright.[clarification needed] Steve Sweeney became known for his use of dialects and insight into the New England political scene in his act.

Steve was the first of the Boston super-stars to break into television,[clarification needed] on Park Street Under, a Boston based sitcom who many believe was the inspiration for the highly successful television show Cheers. He has appeared on shows such as the Late Show with David Letterman, Evening at The Improv, Comics Come Home and others.[clarification needed] Some will recognize Steve from one of many small parts in films such as Rodney Dangerfield's Back to School, Judd Apatow's Celtic Pride, and There's Something About Mary with Ben Stiller.

For a short time Steve was on the morning show on 100.7 FM WZLX, first with "Mornings with Tai and Steve Sweeney", followed by "Steve Sweeney's Neighborhood" after Tai left the station.

On November 3, 2005, Steve opened Steve Sweeney's Comedy Club in Boston's Copley Square with longtime friend Dick Doherty.

Currently, along with doing stand-up, he is also a guest judge on the local talent show "Community Auditions".[1]

On March 29, 2013, Steve Sweeney appeared on Scorch PFG TV.

Steve performed a 5-minute act opening for J. Geils Band at the Boston One Fund concert.

Steve Sweeney currently co-hosts a radio show on 95.9 WATD-FM on Tuesday nights from 6:15-8:00 pm ET.

Television and film career[edit]

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