David Pasquesi

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David Pasquesi
David Pasquesi at iO Chicago, April 2013.jpg
David Pasquesi on stage after a show at iO Chicago in April 2013.
BornDecember 22, 1960 (1960-12-22) (age 60)
  • 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, and Lodge 49.

Life and career[edit]

Pasquesi was born in Chicago and starred in the short film Regrets that premiered An Event Apart, and co-starred in I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With.[1] He wrote for Exit 57 and Strangers with Candy, co-wrote and appeared[2] in the Spike TV series Factory, and co-wrote[3] and co-starred in Cop Show. In 2009, he was in the cast of Angels & Demons, where he played the character Claudio Vincenzi.[4] He co-created and co-wrote the new show Merkin Penal. Similarly 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, and 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.[5] Pasquesi was a cast member in the Chicago premiere of Yasmina Reza's God of Carnage at the Goodman Theatre.[6]

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 Film Role Notes
1987 Light of Day Sophomore
1991 Father of the Bride Henck
1993 Groundhog Day Psychiatrist
1993 The Fugitive Newscaster
1994 Natural Born Killers Cameraman Uncredited
1994 The Puppet Masters Vargas
1995 Stuart Saves His Family Tollefson
1998 Temporary Girl Paul, Jeanette's Husband
2000 Return to Me Tony
2004 Employee of the Month Kyle Lacopa
2005 The Ice Harvest Councilman Williams
2005 Strangers with Candy Stew (The Meat Man)
2006 I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With Luca Giancarlo
2009 Year One Prime Minister
2009 Angels & Demons Claudio Vincenzi
2011 Close Quarters Cary
2013 Hell Baby Cardinal Vicente
2015 This Isn't Funny Christoffer Anderson



  • Improvisation at the Speed of Life: The TJ and Dave Book[13]


  1. ^ Guerrasio, Jason (September 4, 2007). "Jeff Garlin on I Want Someone To Eat Cheese With". Filmmaker. Retrieved December 14, 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ Garron, Barry (June 26, 2008). "Spike TV's "Factory" may win favor". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved December 14, 2017 – via Reuters. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ Pedersen, Erik (August 17, 2017). "New York TV Festival Lists Picks For Its Script Competition". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved December 14, 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ McCarthy, Todd (May 5, 2009). "Angels & Demons". Variety. Retrieved December 14, 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ "'Year One' stars Jack Black, Michael Cera". Chicago Tribune. 2009-06-19. Archived from the original on 2009-06-22. Retrieved 2009-06-21. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ http://pressroom.goodmantheatre.org/pressart/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=ulzGVcXhUa8%3d&tabid=172&mid=796
  7. ^ Karpovsky, Alex (2009-06-27), Trust Us, This Is All Made Up (Documentary), T. J. Jagodowski, David Pasquesi, retrieved 2021-01-25
  8. ^ Ford, Anne. "Life Without a Script". Chicago Reader. Retrieved 2021-01-25.
  9. ^ "Online Events". Chicago Reader. Retrieved 2021-01-25.
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-09-16. Retrieved 2009-03-25. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link) CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  11. ^ TJ And Dave's T.J. Jagodowski and David Pasquesi Archived August 21, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  12. ^ Erickson, Hal (2009). Encyclopedia of Television Law Shows. McFarland & Company. pp. 60–61. ISBN 978-0-7864-5452-5. Retrieved December 14, 2017 – via Google Books. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  13. ^ http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25268990-improvisation-at-the-speed-of-life

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