Dino Stamatopoulos

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Dino Stamatopoulos
Stamatopoulos in 2016
Stamatopoulos in 2016
BornKonstantinos Stamatopoulos
(1964-12-14) December 14, 1964 (age 56)
Norridge, Illinois, United States
OccupationWriter, producer, actor
GenreSatire, black comedy
Notable worksLate Night with Conan O'Brien
The Ben Stiller Show
Mr. Show
TV Funhouse
Mad TV
Moral Orel
The Drinky Crow Show
Mary Shelley's Frankenhole
High School USA!
Notable awardsEmmy Awards
Outstanding Writing for a Variety or Music Program
1993 The Ben Stiller Show

Konstantinos "Dino" Stamatopoulos (born December 14, 1964)[1] is an American writer, producer, and actor. He has worked on TV programs such as Mr. Show, TV Funhouse, Mad TV, The Dana Carvey Show, Late Show with David Letterman, and Late Night with Conan O'Brien. He has also created multiple animated TV shows such as Moral Orel, Mary Shelley's Frankenhole, and High School USA!. As an actor, he is best known for his recurring role as the character Alex "Star-Burns" Osbourne on the NBC comedy series Community, on which he also worked as a producer and consulting writer.

Early life[edit]

Stamatopoulos was born into a Greek-American family in Norridge, Illinois.[1] He attended Ridgewood High School in Norridge,[2] where he wrote for his school variety show and was astounded that he could get laughs with the material he had written. While attending Columbia College Chicago, he performed a duo act with comedian Andy Dick, in which Stamatopoulos played a ventriloquist and Dick played a dummy under the influence of sleeping pills.[citation needed]


Stamatopoulos was hired on The Ben Stiller Show after Andy Dick convinced him to submit a spec script for a Simpsons episode. There, he met and worked with Bob Odenkirk. After Stiller's show was canceled, he moved to New York City, where he wrote during the 1990s for The Dana Carvey Show, Late Night with Conan O'Brien (also with Odenkirk), Late Show with David Letterman, and Mr. Show with Bob and David.

In 2000 Stamatopoulos and Robert Smigel pitched Comedy Central a spin-off of Smigel's TV Funhouse cartoons (which were appearing singly as animated shorts on Saturday Night Live episodes) as a half-hour sketch comedy show. The standalone TV Funhouse show premiered in 2000 but was canceled after one season. He later joined the writing staff on Mad TV.

Stamatopoulos worked as a creative consultant and contributing writer on the first season of Tom Goes to the Mayor, with Tim & Eric and Bob Odenkirk. He also provided the voice of Drinky Crow on The Drinky Crow Show, which aired for one season on Adult Swim. His stop motion animated series Moral Orel premiered on Adult Swim on Christmas 2005 and aired for three seasons, airing its final episode in December 2008; a follow-up special aired in 2012. Following Moral Orel, Stamatopoulos created Mary Shelley's Frankenhole, a stop motion series, for Adult Swim. It ran for two seasons from 2010 to 2012.[3]

Stamatopoulos was a writer and producer on the 2010 NBC sitcom Community. He also played the recurring role of Alex "Star-Burns" Osbourne, a character whose nickname derived from his large star-shaped sideburns and his tendency to define himself by them. Together with Community creator Dan Harmon, Stamatopoulos started production company Starburns Industries.

A long-time fan of radio personality Steve Dahl, Stamatopoulos hosted a podcast, Sorry About Everything, from May 2012 until June 2013 on Dahl's Steve Dahl Network.[4]

Stamatopoulos and friend Andy Dick hosted a weekly podcast, Dino and Andy's Skull Juice, which premiered in late 2016 and was initially produced by Feral Audio.[5] Due to an on-air incident of hostility in mid-2018, Dick was asked to leave the podcast[citation needed]. Stamatopoulos asked friend and recurring guest Dana Snyder to replace Dick as co-host, and the podcast was renamed Dino & Dana's Safe Space. Additional co-hosts Laetitia "Tish" Burns and Spencer Crittenden were also given billing in the podcast.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Stamatopoulos was married and has one daughter.[2] He is a vocalist and guitarist in a rock band called Sorry About Everything.


Year Title Role Notes Character
2016 Great Minds with Dan Harmon Consulting Producer Comedy series
2016 Horace and Pete Co-Executive Producer Web series
2015 Anomalisa Producer Animated Film
2015 W/ Bob & David Writer
Co-Executive Producer
Sketch Comedy Chuck, Episode 3
2015 The Jack and Triumph Show Writer
Executive Producer
TV Sitcom
2014 Harmontown Executive Producer Documentary film
2013 High School USA! Creator
Animated Series Mr. Merriweather
2010–2012 Mary Shelley's Frankenhole Creator
Executive Producer
Animated series Death
The Mummy
Mother Teresa
Additional voices
2009–2015 Community Recurring Role
Writer Consultant / Producer / Consulting Producer
TV Sitcom Alex "Star-Burns" Osbourne
2009 Important Things with Demetri Martin Writer Sketch Comedy series
2008-2009 The Drinky Crow Show Voice actor Animated series Drinky Crow, Lieutenant Vronchy
2006 Lucky Louie Writer TV Sitcom
2005–2008 Moral Orel Creator
Executive Producer
Animated series Various characters
2004–2005 Tom Goes to the Mayor Writer
Creative Consultant
Animated series
2002–2004 Mad TV Writer Sketch Comedy series
2002 The Master of Disguise Co-producer Live Action Comedy Movie
2000–2001 TV Funhouse Writer
Executive Producer
Sketch Comedy series Chickey
Mr. Whiskers
Various characters
1996–2006 Saturday Night Live Writer (TV Funhouse)
Voice Actor
Sketch Comedy series Michael Jackson
1996–1998 Mr. Show with Bob and David Writer
Executive Producer
Sketch Comedy series Various characters
1996–1997 Late Show with David Letterman Writer Late Night Talk Show
1996 The Dana Carvey Show Writer Sketch Comedy series
1993–1999 Late Night with Conan O'Brien Writer
Sketch Actor
Late Night Talk Show Tomorry the Ostrich
Kiss-Ass Turkey
Abe Lincoln
Various characters
1992–1993 The Ben Stiller Show Writer Sketch Comedy series


  1. ^ a b "Dino Stamatopoulos Net Worth". net-worths.org. Retrieved January 17, 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Dino Stamatopoulos". NNDB.com. Soylent Communications. Retrieved January 17, 2016.
  3. ^ McCarthy, Scott L. (November 2, 2009). "The Comic's Comic interviews Scott Adsit". Thecomicscomic.typepad.com. Retrieved January 8, 2014.
  4. ^ "It's here, the first "Sorry About Everything Podcast" with Dino Stamatopoulos". Dahl.com. Steve Dahl Network. May 31, 2012. Archived from the original on December 24, 2013. Retrieved December 22, 2013.
  5. ^ Wright, Megh (2016-08-18). "This Week in Comedy Podcasts: 'Dino and Andy’s Skull Juice' Debuts." Vulture.com. Retrieved 2019-04-11.
  6. ^ Link to SAFE SPACE Podcast site

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