Jay Mohr

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Jay Mohr
Mohr at Pearl Harbor on July 2, 2004
Born Jon Ferguson Mohr
(1970-08-23) August 23, 1970 (age 46)
Verona, New Jersey, United States
Other names Jon Ferguson Cox Mohr
Occupation Actor, stand-up comedian, radio host
Years active 1990–present
Spouse(s) Nicole Chamberlain (m. 1998–2004)
Nikki Cox (m. 2006)
Children 2
Website jaymohr.com

Jon Ferguson Cox "Jay" Mohr (born Jon Ferguson Mohr; August 23, 1970) is an American actor, comedian and radio host. He is known for his role as Professor Rick Payne in the TV series Ghost Whisperer (2006–2008), the title role in the CBS sitcom Gary Unmarried (2008–2010), as a featured cast member on the sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live (1993–1995) and the back-stabbing sports agent Bob Sugar in Jerry Maguire (1996). Since making his cinema debut with Jerry Maguire, he has appeared in many more high-profile films, including Picture Perfect (1997), Paulie (1998), Small Soldiers (1998), The Adventures of Pluto Nash (2002), Are We There Yet? (2005), Street Kings (2008), Hereafter (2010) and The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013).

Mohr hosts his own podcast Mohr Stories on the SModcast Network and, since September 2015, hosted Jay Mohr Sports, a daily midday sports radio talk show on Fox Sports Radio. Mohr left Fox Sports Radio in January of 2016 to pursue acting ventures. He was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award as the inaugural host and executive producer of Last Comic Standing (2003–2006).

Early life[edit]

Mohr was born in Verona, New Jersey. His mother, Iva Jean (née Ferguson), is a nurse, and his father, Jon Wood Mohr, is a marketing executive.[1][2] He has two sisters, Julia and Virginia. He has Scottish, German, English, and Welsh ancestry.[3][4] Mohr was raised Presbyterian, but later converted to Roman Catholicism.[5][6][7]


Acting career[edit]

Mohr appeared as a featured player for the 1993-94 and 1994-95 seasons of Saturday Night Live. His 2004 memoir, Gasping for Airtime: Two Years in the Trenches of Saturday Night Live,[8] details this tumultuous period of his life, including his battle with chronic panic attacks. He later credited Sarah Silverman with saving his life by helping him treat the problem.

Mohr had a recurring role in the first season of The Jeff Foxworthy Show as Jeff Foxworthy's brother, Wayne. Mohr's first major film role was in 1996 when he played the conniving Bob Sugar, a sleazy sports agent in Jerry Maguire, followed in 1997 by a starring role in Picture Perfect. In 1999, Mohr starred in the television series Action, in which he played sleazy film producer Peter Dragon. He was also the voice-over artist for Fox Sports Net's Beyond the Glory. Mohr has also appeared in movies such as Suicide Kings, Are We There Yet?, Small Soldiers, Go, Pay It Forward, and The Groomsmen. Mohr was offered a late night talk show job by Michael Eisner but he declined. Mohr managed to convince Eisner to let him host a talk show on ESPN entitled Mohr Sports which ran briefly in 2001 before being cancelled. The talk show job Mohr passed was then offered to Jimmy Kimmel and became Jimmy Kimmel Live!.[9]

In 2003 and 2004, Mohr created, hosted, and was executive producer of NBC's Last Comic Standing reality television program. The show aired for three seasons, but was cancelled near the end of the third season due to poor ratings, only to be renewed later. Mohr was very vocal toward NBC concerning its cancellation[10] and did not return for the show's fourth season in 2006. Mohr was replaced with new host Anthony Clark, but he is credited as a consultant. On the season finale of Last Comic Standing 4, Jay performed as a guest comedian. He had a recurring role on the TV series Ghost Whisperer, which had developed into a regular role. Mohr also appeared in an episode of the hit sitcom Scrubs - "My Own Private Practice Guy" in 2003 and in three episodes of The West Wing in 2004 in the recurring role of Taylor Reid. Parts of Mohr's stand up was featured in Comedy Central's animated series Shorties Watchin' Shorties.

Mohr starred as newly divorced dad Gary Brooks for two seasons on the CBS sitcom Gary Unmarried. Paula Marshall played his ex-wife. In January 2010 he took the role as Billy in Clint Eastwood's thriller film Hereafter.[11] He also guest-starred on NBC's Outlaw in 2010.[12]


Mohr has contributed frequently to The Jim Rome Show and often guest-hosted the program. His nickname on the show is "Slam Man," and, more recently, the derisive "Weigh More" and "Ham Man," "Salami Man" and—when feeling particularly fancy -- "Prosciutto Man." Mohr finished in 7th place in the 2007 Smack-Off, 6th place in the 2008 Smack-Off, 10th place in the 2009 Smack-Off, 6th place in the 2010 Smack-Off, and 6th place in the 2011 Smack-Off. Jay is also known to do "drive-by" call-ins to the show to usually promote one of his stand-up shows or live events.

On January 2, 2013, Mohr replaced Rome on Fox Sports Radio, as he hosts a daily talk show titled Jay Mohr Sports in Rome's longtime 12 to 3 p.m. (ET) timeslot, as Rome moved his show from Premiere Networks (the distributor of Fox Sports Radio) to CBS Sports Radio.[13] The show can be heard on several internet platforms and regional affiliates. On November 3, 2014, Jay Mohr Sports moved to the 3 to 6pm time slot, so Rich Eisen could take over the 12-3pm slot on Fox Sports Radio.[14]


Mohr hosts his own podcast entitled Mohr Stories. The podcast was hosted on the SModcast Network,[15] often taped in his garage, which he has dubbed Fake Mustache Studios.[16] On May 4, 2012, Mohr announced his amicable departure from the SModcast network. He has since begun hosting Mohr Stories on his own network, Fake Mustache Studios.[17]

Other work[edit]

In June 2004, Mohr's first book, Gasping for Airtime: Two Years in the Trenches of Saturday Night Live, was published by Hyperion and chronicled his two years working on Saturday Night Live. In May 2010, publisher Simon & Schuster released Mohr's second book, No Wonder My Parents Drank: Tales from a Stand-Up Dad.

Mohr's album "Happy. And A Lot" was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards.[18] The material was written by Cox.[19]

In 2016, Mohr became the host of the Los Angeles Rams pregame show airing Saturday evenings after college football on KABC-TV.[20] Jay Mohr was replaced as the host in November 2016 with no explanation.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Mohr in 2009.

Mohr has a son, Jackson,[21] from his six-year marriage to former model Nicole Chamberlain. He married actress Nikki Cox on December 29, 2006.[22] In December 2008, he filed legal papers requesting a legal name change to Jon Ferguson Cox Mohr, adding his wife's surname.[23] Their son, Meredith Daniel Mohr, was born on May 5, 2011.[24]



Year Title Role Notes
1996 Jerry Maguire Bob Sugar
1997 Picture Perfect Nick
1997 Suicide Kings Brett Campbell
1997 The Brave Little Toaster to the Rescue Mack (voice)
1998 Paulie Benny/Paulie (voice)
1998 Small Soldiers Larry Benson
1998 Jane Austen's Mafia! Anthony 'Tony' Cortino
1998 Playing by Heart Mark
1999 200 Cigarettes Jack
1999 Go Zack Teen Choice Award Nomination
2000 Cherry Falls Leonard Marliston
2000 Pay It Forward Chris Chandler
2001 Speaking of Sex Dan
2002 The Adventures of Pluto Nash Tony Francis
2002 Alphine Stars Ned (voice)
2002 Simone Hal Sinclair
2004 Seeing Other People Ed
2005 Are We There Yet? Marty
2005 King's Ransom Corey
2006 Even Money Augie
2006 The Groomsmen Cousin Mike Sullivan
2008 Street Kings Sgt. Mike Clady
2009 Lonely Street Bubba Mabry
2010 Hereafter Billy
2013 The Incredible Burt Wonderstone Rick the Implausible
2014 Dumbbells Harold
2015 Road Hard Jack Taylor


Year Title Role Notes
1992 TGIF Interstitial shorts
1992-1993 Camp Wilder Dorfman
1993-1995 Saturday Night Live Various
1995 The Barefoot Executive Matt
1996 The Jeff Foxworthy Show Wayne Foxworthy
1996 Local Heroes Jake Bartholomew
1998 From the Earth to the Moon Brett Hutchins
1999 Olive, the Other Reindeer Tim (voice)
1999-2000 Action Peter Dragon Golden Satellite award
2000 The Simpsons Christopher Walken (voice)
2000-2005 Family Guy Various
2001 Black River Lt. Dale Stillman
2003 Scrubs Dr. Peter Fisher
2003 Fastlane Roland Hill
2003 CSI: Miami fom[clarification needed] Aaron Schecter
2003-2004 Last Comic Standing Presenter Executive Producer

Primetime Emmy nomination

2004 The West Wing Taylor Reid
2004 The Man Show AssWatch Salesman
2005 Las Vegas Martin Levson
2006 A Salute to the Troops and USO Host
2006 Christmas Do-Over Kevin
2006 Community Service Will Shepard
2006-2008 Ghost Whisperer Professor Rick Payne
2008-2010 Gary Unmarried Gary Brooks
2009 Monk Harrison Powell
2010 Outlaw Henry Ashford
2011 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Nyle Brite
2011 A Christmas Wedding Tail Rusty (voice)
2011 Prime Suspect A.D.A. Bullock
2011-2013 Suburgatory Steven Royce
2012 Applebaum Al
2012 Brothers-In-Law
2012 Jay Mohr: Funny for a Girl Himself Standup special
2013 Money Where Your Mouth Is Host
2015 Jay Mohr: Happy. And a Lot. Himself Standup special

Video Games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2006 Scarface: The World Is Yours Jimmy (voice)
2008 Blitz: The League II Agent
2008 Saints Row 2 Dane Vogel (voice)
2009 Leisure Suit Larry: Box Office Bust Kip Whiteman (voice)
2013 Apache Overdose Gangstar IV Ned Silver (voice)
2015 Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell Dane Vogel (voice)

Celebrity impressions[edit]


  1. ^ "Jay Mohr Biography". filmreference. 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-30. 
  2. ^ "Jay Mohr on Twitter". Twitter. 
  3. ^ Mohr stated on the Late Late Show that he has Scottish ancestry; Late Late Show. Dec 3, 2008.
  4. ^ [1][dead link]
  5. ^ Rapkin, Mickey (2010-06-02). "Jay Mohr: Author, Catholic, Lisa Minnelli defender". GQ. Retrieved 2011-01-09. 
  6. ^ Condran, Ed (2009-04-07). "Jersey's Jay Mohr returns to this roots for two stand-up shows". Courier News. Retrieved 2011-01-09. The first is about fatherhood, and the other print project is about his conversion to Catholicism. "I went from being a Presbyterian to the Catholic church," he said. 
  7. ^ "Back For Mohr". Atlantic City Weekly. 2011-02-02. Retrieved 2011-04-27. 
  8. ^ ISBN 1-4013-0006-5
  9. ^ "Get A Helmet". SModcast. Retrieved 2012-05-22. 
  10. ^ "reality blurred + Last Comic Standing 3 finale pulled, maybe; Jay Mohr didn't want third season". Realityblurred.com. 2004-10-08. Retrieved 2012-05-22. 
  11. ^ "Jay Mohr to See the Light of the Hereafter". Dreadcentral.com. Retrieved 2012-05-22. 
  12. ^ "Jay Mohr Gets Serious on NBC's Outlaw". TVGuide.com. Retrieved August 12, 2010. 
  13. ^ "Fox Sports Radio adds Jay Mohr for middays - Radio & Television Business Report". 
  14. ^ "Fox Sports Radio will be picking up The Rich Eisen Show". Awful Announcing. 
  15. ^ "Mohr Stories: Episode 1". Smodcast.com. 2011. Retrieved 2011-07-21. 
  16. ^ "Mohr Stories: Episode 2". Smodcast.com. 2011. Retrieved 2011-07-21. 
  17. ^ "Jay Mohr's Twitter Account". Twitter. Retrieved 2012-05-04. 
  18. ^ "58th Annual Grammy Awards Nominees". www.grammy.com. Archived from the original on 1 February 2012. Retrieved 7 December 2015. 
  19. ^ http://www.people.com/article/jay-mohr-new-standup-album-written-wife-nikki-cox
  20. ^ "ABC7, LA Rams, Jay Mohr team up for new primetime sports show". KABC-TV. Retrieved 12 September 2016. 
  21. ^ Tan, Michelle. "Jay Mohr Marries Las Vegas Star Nikki Cox". www.people.com. People Magazine. Retrieved May 7, 2011. 
  22. ^ Michelle Tan (30 December 2008). "Jay Mohr Marries Las Vegas Star Nikki Cox". People. Retrieved 2008-11-30. 
  23. ^ Staff writer (27 December 2008). "Mohr seeking Cox name addition". United Press International. Retrieved 2008-12-30. 
  24. ^ Schillaci, Sophie (May 5, 2011). "Jay Mohr, Nikki Cox welcome Cinco de Mayo baby". Pop2it - Zap2it. Tribune Media Services. 
  25. ^ a b c d e "Jay Mohr on The Adam Carolla Show (video podcast)". Retrieved 15 December 2015. 

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