August 26, 1963 |
Framingham, Massachusetts, US
Anthony J. "Tony" Barbieri (born August 26, 1963, Framingham, Massachusetts) is an Italian American comedic writer, and performer. He is most famous for his appearances as the Jimmy Kimmel Live! character "Jake Byrd."
In 1999 he got his first writer's credit for television while working on The Man Show. Barbieri would go on to write for the sitcoms That's My Bush! and That '80s Show. In 2003 he wrote and starred in his first movie Windy City Heat. He would also be a writer and recurring character on Crank Yankers, playing Niles Standish.
Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Barbieri began writing for Jimmy Kimmel Live! in 2003, and in 2004 started appearing on the show as the character Jake Byrd. Byrd is good-natured man obsessed with celebrities, and his bits involve him satirizing excessive media attention to celebrity spectacles such as the Michael Jackson trial or the arrest of Paris Hilton. Byrd usually interacts with the fans while they are being interviewed by the media or inserts himself into press conferences. He has successfully fooled major media outlets into thinking he is a real person, including The New York Times, who quoted him in a May 1, 2004 article about the Michael Jackson trial, before running a redact five days later noting that he was a character. Despite this, the Times wrote again about him, as if he were a real person, during the 2007 O. J. Simpson robbery case.
In 2008 Barbieri won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics for the Jimmy Kimmel Live! song "I'm F**king Matt Damon". He was nominated for another Emmy in 2013 as part of Kimmel's writing staff for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series.
The following list includes shows or films in which he has a small, but credited, role as a writer or actor.
- Rick and Morty (2015) – (TV program) – (Voice Actor)
- Windy City Heat (2003) – (TV movie) – (Writer/Actor)
- Jimmy Kimmel Live! (2003–) (Talk show on ABC) – (Writer/Actor) – His own pieces, including his well known character Jake Byrd.
- That '80s Show (2002) (TV program) – (Writer)
- Crank Yankers (2002) (TV program) (Writer/Voice Actor)
- That's My Bush! (2001) (TV program) – (Writer/Actor) – A political comedy spoofing George W. Bush (Appeared in one episode).
- The Man Show (1999–2004) (TV program) – (Writer)
- Delta Force: Land Warrior (2000) (Video game) (Voice Actor)
- Pledge Night (1988) (movie) – Horror film.
- Tony Barbieri at the Internet Movie Database
- Paris Hilton News conference, with Jake Byrd reference
- Picture of Jake Byrd appearing in Santa Barbara News-Press
- Santa Barbara News-Press story on the Jake Byrd hoax
- Radar Magazine quoting Jake Byrd
- New York Times Article mentioning Jake Byrd along with a correction regarding his actual identity
- Complete list of Barbieri's articles for MAD Magazine