James Adomian

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James Adomian
James Adomian (9336863913).jpg
Adomian in 2013
Born (1980-01-31) January 31, 1980 (age 39)
Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.
MediumStand-up comedy, television
Years active2005–present
Notable works and rolesTrump vs. Bernie

James Adomian (born January 31, 1980) is an American stand-up comedian, actor, and impressionist. He is best known for his work on Comedy Bang! Bang!, Chapo Trap House, Last Comic Standing, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson where he impersonated President George W. Bush until 2009, and for portraying Bernie Sanders during the 2016 Trump vs. Bernie tour. He voices Talking Ben in the Talking Tom and Friends animated series.

Early life[edit]

Adomian was born in Omaha, Nebraska on January 31, 1980 and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. His family moved to Los Angeles, when he was ten years old.[1] Adomian is an alumnus of Los Angeles Baptist High School and attended Whittier College studying in a self-designed major in Economics and Theatre Arts.[2] He notes that he did not graduate during a 2017 interview with Pete Holmes.[3] Adomian is of Armenian descent.[4]


Adomian began appearing as President George W. Bush frequently on The Late Late Show after Craig Ferguson took over hosting the show in January 2005 until 2009.

He has appeared on several other comedy programs, including MADtv, Mind of Mencia, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Short Circuitz, Atom TV, Cavemen, Recount and Players.[5]

Adomian has appeared in the films Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay and Miss March.

As a voice-over artist, Adomian performed on The Onion Radio News, as several recurring characters on the PBS cartoon series WordGirl, as President Bush on a few episodes of MADtv, as Jimmy Kimmel on Celebrity Deathmatch, and on a number of other cartoons.

In 2011, he was cast as a co-lead in the unaired Kari Lizer pilot project for NBC alongside Sarah Paulson and Tim Meadows.

In 2012, Adomian appeared on Comedy Bang! Bang! as PBS broadcaster Huell Howser, on Adult Swim's Childrens Hospital as Madonna, and on MTV's Money from Strangers as himself, also making regular appearances as various sketch characters on Conan.

In 2018, Adomian was one of the headliners at the Portland Queer Comedy Festival.[6][7]

For the Freddie Mercury episode of the 2019 Netflix program Historical Roasts, Adomian played the title character.[8]

Stand-up comedy album[edit]

In 2012, Adomian released his debut comedy album Low Hangin Fruit. The release was the first album released by Earwolf, and received mostly positive reviews.[9] The one-hour stand-up set features personal stories, a number of celebrity impressions and political material including observations regarding the cultural perceptions of LGBT people.

Live appearances[edit]

James Adomian (right) performing as Bernie Sanders, along with Anthony Atamanuik as Donald Trump at Politicon in Pasadena, California.

Adomian frequently performs live at Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in sketch and stand-up shows such as Comedy Bang! Bang!, Who Charted?, and many others. He is also an alumnus of the Sunday Company at The Groundlings Theatre, where he still frequently performs. He also regularly performs at "The Tomorrow Show" and other stand-up shows in Hollywood. Adomian is known for doing many impressions at live shows, both in-costume and as part of his standup act, including Vincent Price, Lewis Black, Orson Welles, Jesse Ventura, Paul Giamatti, Michael Caine, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Sam Elliott, Al Franken, Huell Howser, Christopher Hitchens, Gary Busey, John McCain, Joe Lieberman, Marc Maron, Jimmy Kimmel, Andy Kindler, Tom Leykis, Todd Glass, George W. Bush, and Bernie Sanders. He has performed several impressions as recurring characters on Comedy Bang! Bang![10]

Adomian often makes live appearances around the country doing standup or characters, particularly at left-wing political events like YearlyKos, Laughing Liberally, the National Conference for Media Reform and campaign events for Congressman Alan Grayson. In 2010, he made several live standup appearances across North America in the Breaking Even tour.[citation needed]

In 2008, he appeared with comedian Greg Giraldo at venues around the country as part of the Indecision '08 Tour produced by Comedy Central. He has performed at comedy festivals across North America, including Just for Laughs in Montreal.[11] In March 2012, Adomian had his first overseas appearance, headlining a sold-out two night show in Seoul, South Korea for Stand Up Seoul.[12]

Adomian toured the US with the Trump vs. Bernie tour in February–March 2016.

Personal life[edit]

Adomian is openly gay.[13] He is the grandson of Armenian-American mathematician George Adomian.[14]



Year Title Role Notes
2008 Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay George W. Bush
2009 Miss March Deadbeat Dad (voice)
2011 The Treasure Hunt: A Chad, Matt & Rob Interactive Adventure The Gunslinger
2011 Freak Dance Mickey Stardust, Zip Fleestreet, & Fraggle McWinkerbean
2014 Hits Donovan
2016 Storks Additional voice
2017 Love After Love Chris
2019 The Day Shall Come Settmonk Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2005 Yacht Rock Vincent Price Episode: "Believe in It"
2005–2007 The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson George W. Bush 49 episodes
2006–2009 MADtv George W. Bush (voice) Episode #12.4
2006 Mind of Mencia George W. Bush 2 episodes
2007 Celebrity Deathmatch Jimmy Kimmel (voice) Episode: "The Banter Bloodbath"
2007 Short Circuitz George W. Bush Episode #1.4
2007 Cavemen Waiter Episode: "Her Embarrassed of Caveman"
2007 The Right Now Show Ensemble sketch cast member/various Pilot
2008–2015 WordGirl Captain Huggyface, additional voices (voice) 26 episodes
2009 Atom TV George W. Bush 2 episodes
2009 The Jay Leno Show Mad Doctor Unknown episodes
2009 Popzilla Various characters (voice) Unknown episodes
2010 Players Barfly Episode: "Barb's Husband"
2010 Last Comic Standing Himself (standup) 10 episodes
2011–2012 Conan Various sketch characters Unknown episodes
2012–2013 Money From Strangers Himself 5 episodes
2012–2016 Comedy Bang! Bang! Various 10 episodes
2012–2015 Childrens Hospital Various 3 episodes
2012 Gravity Falls Additional voices Episode: "Headhunters"
2012–2014 The Eric Andre Show Various 2 episodes
2013 The Chris Gethard Show Jesse Ventura Episode: "Loser Is Still the New Nerd"
2013 Adventure Time Ogdoad (voice) Episode: "The Suitor"
2013 Maron Brian Burkman Episode: "Jen Moves to L.A."
2013–2015 Axe Cop Various (voice) 4 episodes
2013–2015 Animation Domination High-Def Various (voice) 3 episodes
2014 Drunk History Alexander Cochrane Episode: "Baltimore"
2014–present Talking Tom and Friends Talking Ben, others Starring voice role, 3 seasons
2015 Kroll Show Alan the Limo Driver Episode: "Lizards vs. Penguins"
2015–2018 BoJack Horseman Stuart 5 episodes
2015 Major Lazer General Rubbish, various (voice) 8 episodes
2015–2018 The Venture Bros. Phineas Phage, Night Dick, various (voice) 8 episodes
2015–2017 Pig Goat Banana Cricket President of the Planet, various (voice) 17 episodes
2015 The Jim Gaffigan Show Himself Episode: "Go Shorty, It's Your Birthday"
2015–2016 Regular Show Rikki / Harry (voice) 2 episodes
2015 TripTank Brunette / Blonde (voice) Episode: "Short Change"
2016–2017 @midnight Bernie Sanders 2 episodes
2016 Trump vs. Bernie: Debate for America Bernie Sanders TV special
2016 Trump vs. Bernie: Shout the Vote! Bernie Sanders TV special
2016 The UCB Show Bernie Sanders Episode: "Feel the Bern"
2016 Man Seeking Woman Spider Episode: "Balloon"
2016 Star Wars Rebels Imperial Captain (voice) Episode: "The Forgotten Droid"
2016 Wander Over Yonder Various (voice) Episode: "The Party Poopers/The Waste of Time"
2016–2018 Future-Worm! Future-Worm!, various (voice) 15 episodes
2016–2018 American Dad! Various (voice) 4 episodes
2016 Zoolander: Super Model (voice) TV movie
2016 Take My Wife Theater Owner Episode: "Applause Break"
2017 The President Show Bernie Sanders 2 episodes
2017–2019 The Special Without Brett Davis Sebastian Gorka, Jesse Ventura 2 episodes
2017 Bajillion Dollar Propertie$ Maximillian Blanc Episode: "The Platinum Curse"
2018–2019 Our Cartoon President Ted Cruz, Sean Hannity, Bill Clinton, various (voice) 18 episodes
2018 Random Acts of Flyness Everybody Dies! TV Talk Show Host Episode: "What are your thoughts on raising free black children?"
2018 Bob's Burgers Glenn (voice) Episode: "Nightmare on Ocean Avenue Street"
2019 Historical Roasts Freddie Mercury Episode: "Freddie Mercury"
2019 Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Stinkbomb/Harold (voice) Episode: "How to Make Enemies and Bend People to Your Will"
2019 Amphibia Sheriff Buck Leatherleaf (voice) Episode: "Girl Time"
2019 DuckTales Jones (voice) Episode: "Whatever Happened to Donald Duck?"
2019 Harley Quinn Bane (voice) Upcoming episodes

See also[edit]


  1. ^ James Adomian: An up-and-comer hits the Lodge., timeout.com, October 4, 2011
  2. ^ Notable Whittier College Alumni: Entertainment, Arts & Literature, whittier.edu
  3. ^ "You Made It Weird #387: James Adomian". Nerdist. 2017-10-11. Retrieved 2019-01-18.
  4. ^ The always funny & fresh to death James Adomian, 8 May 2013
  5. ^ "James Adomian". IMDb. Retrieved 2018-02-01.
  6. ^ https://www.oregonlive.com/entertainment/2018/07/portland_queer_comedy_festival_2018.html
  7. ^ https://www.pdxmonthly.com/events/portland-queer-comedy-festival-2018
  8. ^ Lindsay, Kathryn. "All The Hilarious Comedians In Netflix's New Show "Historical Roasts"". www.refinery29.com. Retrieved 3 June 2019.
  9. ^ Wenzel, John. "James Adomian Low Hangin Fruit album review". The Spit Take. Retrieved 10 April 2013.
  10. ^ "James Adomian on Earwolf". Comedy Bang! Bang!. Retrieved 2013-10-07.
  11. ^ "Just for Laughs | James Adomian". jamesadomian.com. Retrieved 2018-02-01.
  12. ^ MacDonald, Hamish. "James Adomian brings the funny to Seoul". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2012-03-05.
  13. ^ McKee, Ryan. "How to Improve 'Last Comic Standing': Bring Back The House!". TV Squad. Retrieved 2011-02-24. - "When James Adomian performs, it's more exciting if you know he could be the first gay comic to win 'LCS.' Wait, you didn't even know he's gay? My point exactly. Bring back the house."
  14. ^ "Probably Science : Episode 017 - James Adomian". Probablyscience.libsyn.com. 2012-04-23. Retrieved 2014-03-08.

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