David Pasquesi

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David Pasquesi
David Pasquesi on stage after a show at iO Chicago in April 2013.
BornDecember 22, 1960 (1960-12-22) (age 63)
  • Actor
  • comedian
Years active1983–present

David Pasquesi (born December 22, 1960) is an American actor and comedian. His screen credits include Groundhog Day, Strangers with Candy, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Return to Me, The Ice Harvest, Veep, At Home with Amy Sedaris, Lodge 49, and The Book of Boba Fett.

Early life[edit]

Pasquesi was born in Chicago and raised in Lake Bluff, Illinois. He graduated from Lake Forest High School.[1]


Pasquesi starred in the short film Regrets that premiered An Event Apart, and co-starred in I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With.[2] He wrote for Exit 57 and Strangers with Candy, co-wrote and appeared[3] in the Spike TV series Factory, and co-wrote[4] and co-starred in Cop Show. In 2009, he was in the cast of Angels & Demons, where he played the character Claudio Vincenzi.[5] He co-created and co-wrote the new show Merkin Penal. Similar to his role of "Meat Man Stew" in Strangers With Candy, Pasquesi plays "Knife Man" in At Home with Amy Sedaris.

Pasquesi has performed at The Second City, iO Theater, Improv Institute, and Annoyance Theatre. He studied under Del Close in the early 80s, and became part of the first iO Harold team "Baron's Barracudas". He appeared in four mainstage revues at Second City, as well as in plays at the Steppenwolf Theatre and the Goodman Theatre.

In 2009, he played a supporting role in the Harold Ramis film Year One as the Prime Minister of Sodom.[6] Pasquesi was a cast member in the Chicago premiere of Yasmina Reza's God of Carnage at the Goodman Theatre.

TJ and Dave[edit]

Since 2002, he has been performing with T. J. Jagodowski in the all improvised show "TJ and Dave".[7] In 2006 they began an Off Broadway run, performing monthly at The Barrow Street Theatre in New York City.[8] The Chicago Reader has described the show as "an hour of subtle character development, verbal facility, and pantomimic agility that anticipates and plays off the audience's reactions."[9] Guests of the show include August: Osage County's Tracy Letts, Academy Award Nominee Michael Shannon, SNL's Mike O'Brien, and Absinthe's Jet Eveleth. The 2009 South by Southwest Film Festival included the documentary Trust Us, This is All Made Up directed by Alex Karpovsky, which chronicles a "T.J. and Dave" performance.[10][11]



Year Title Role Notes
1987 Light of Day Sophomore
1991 Heaven Is a Playground Hospital clerk
1991 Father of the Bride Hanck, the Caterer
Groundhog Day Psychiatrist
1993 The Fugitive Newscaster
1994 Natural Born Killers Cameraman Uncredited
The Puppet Masters Vargas
1995 Stuart Saves His Family Tollefson
1996 Chain Reaction Al Vanzetti
1998 Temporary Girl Paul, Jeanette's Husband
2000 Return to Me Tony
The Watcher Norton
2002 Joshua Eli Cohen
2003 Nobody Knows Anything! Jimmy
2004 Employee of the Month Kyle Lacopa
2005 Strangers with Candy Stew
The Ice Harvest Councilman Williams
2006 I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With Luca Giancarlo
2008 Leatherheads Voiceover Announcer
2009 Tapioca Lothario
Angels & Demons Claudio Vincenzi
Year One Prime Minister
2010 Something Better Somewhere Else Boss
2011 The Moleman of Belmont Avenue Dave the Hermit
2012 To Rome with Love Tim
Close Quarters Cary
2013 Hell Baby Cardinal Vicente
2015 This Isn't Funny Christoffer Anderson
Bloomin Mud Shuffle Fr. Tony
Open Tables Dean Ponder
2017 Kings Howard
2018 Imperfections Rod
2020 Monuments Jim
2021 Later Days DJ Shades
2022 Last Looks Darius Jamshidi
2023 Le proprietà dei metalli Prof. Moretti


Year Title Role Notes
1990 Dear John Smoke-Ender Episode: "True Confessions"
Men Will Be Boys Tom Television film
1991 Dream On Alex Episode: "To Have and Have and Have and Have Not"
1994 The Shaggy Dog Officer Hanson Television film
1996 Common Law Henry Beckett 5 episodes
1998 Early Edition Orville Episode: "A Horse Is a Horse"
1999–2000 Strangers with Candy Stew 4 episodes
2002 Curb Your Enthusiasm Dr. Blore Episode: "Chet's Shirt"
2003 Undeclared Professor Beyser Episode: "God Visits"
Hi Guys Tommy Television film
2005 According to Jim Dave 2 episodes
2008 Factory Smitty 6 episodes
2009 The Beast Dr. Warren Shelby Episode: "The Walk In"
2011–2012 Boss Jack Bentley 5 episodes
2012 Breaking the News Todd Strait Television film
2012–2013 The Mob Doctor Dr. Ian Flanigan 9 episodes
2013–2019 Chicago Fire Erik McAuley / McAuley 3 episodes
Veep Andrew Meyer 15 episodes
2015 Cop Drama Mayor Television film
2016 The Jamz Kasey 4 episodes
Easy Dave Episode: "Art and Life"
2017 Special Skills Casting Director Episode: "Party Animals"
Shrink Pastor Kaine Episode: "Cool Ranch"
2017, 2018 Superior Donuts Lou 2 episodes
2017–2020 At Home with Amy Sedaris Tony Pugnalata 10 episodes
2018 Empire Beekman Poser Episode: "Fair Terms"
Bobcat Goldthwait's Misfits & Monsters Carol Episode: "Devil in the Blue Jeans"
Madam Secretary Prime Minister Enzo Moretti Episode: "The Magic Rake"
2018–2019 Lodge 49 Blaise St. John 20 episodes
2020 The Conners Cyril Episode: "Bridge Over Troubled Conners"
Inferno Leonard Gregory Television film
2021–2022 The Book of Boba Fett Mok Shaiz's majordomo 5 episodes
2022 She-Hulk: Attorney at Law Craig Hollis / Mr. Immortal Episode: "Just Jen"


  1. ^ "David Pasquesi". Lake Bluff History Museum. Retrieved September 26, 2021.
  2. ^ Guerrasio, Jason (September 4, 2007). "Jeff Garlin on I Want Someone To Eat Cheese With". Filmmaker. Retrieved December 14, 2017.
  3. ^ Garron, Barry (June 26, 2008). "Spike TV's "Factory" may win favor". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved December 14, 2017 – via Reuters.
  4. ^ Pedersen, Erik (August 17, 2017). "New York TV Festival Lists Picks For Its Script Competition". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved December 14, 2017.
  5. ^ McCarthy, Todd (May 5, 2009). "Angels & Demons". Variety. Retrieved December 14, 2017.
  6. ^ "'Year One' stars Jack Black, Michael Cera". Chicago Tribune. June 19, 2009. Archived from the original on June 22, 2009. Retrieved June 21, 2009.
  7. ^ Karpovsky, Alex (June 27, 2009), Trust Us, This Is All Made Up (Documentary), T. J. Jagodowski, David Pasquesi, retrieved January 25, 2021
  8. ^ Ford, Anne (June 5, 2008). "Life Without a Script". Chicago Reader. Retrieved January 25, 2021.
  9. ^ "Online Events". Chicago Reader. Retrieved January 25, 2021.
  10. ^ "The Daily Texan - Docs, new category among film highlights". Archived from the original on September 16, 2009. Retrieved March 25, 2009.
  11. ^ TJ And Dave's T.J. Jagodowski and David Pasquesi Archived August 21, 2009, at the Wayback Machine

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