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 45)
Verona, New Jersey, United States
Occupation Actor, comedian
Years active 1990–present
Spouse(s) Nicole Chamberlain (m. 1998–2004)
Nikki Cox (m. 2006)
Children 2
Website jaymohr.com

Jay Mohr (officially Jon Ferguson Cox Mohr, born Jon Ferguson Mohr; August 23, 1970) is an American actor, stand-up comedian and radio host. He is known for his role as Professor Rick Payne in the TV series Ghost Whisperer, the title role in the CBS sitcom Gary Unmarried, which ran from 2008 to 2010, as a featured cast member for two seasons on the sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live, and the back-stabbing sports agent Bob Sugar in Jerry Maguire. Mohr also hosts his own podcast Mohr Stories on the SModcast Network and as of September 2015, hosts Jay Mohr Sports, a daily midday sports radio talk show on Fox Sports Radio.

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 he 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.

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" is nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards.[18]

Personal life[edit]

Mohr in 2009.

Mohr has a son, Jackson,[19] from his six-year marriage to former model Nicole Chamberlain. He married actress Nikki Cox on December 29, 2006.[20] In December 2008, he filed legal papers requesting a legal name change to Jon Ferguson Cox Mohr, adding his wife's surname.[21] Their son, Meredith Daniel Mohr, was born on May 5, 2011.[22]




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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. Retrieved 7 December 2015. 
  19. ^ Tan, Michelle. "Jay Mohr Marries Las Vegas Star Nikki Cox". www.people.com. People Magazine. Retrieved May 7, 2011. 
  20. ^ Michelle Tan (30 December 2008). "Jay Mohr Marries Las Vegas Star Nikki Cox". People. Retrieved 2008-11-30. 
  21. ^ Staff writer (27 December 2008). "Mohr seeking Cox name addition". United Press International. Retrieved 2008-12-30. 
  22. ^ Schillaci, Sophie (May 5, 2011). "Jay Mohr, Nikki Cox welcome Cinco de Mayo baby". Pop2it - Zap2it. Tribune Media Services. 
  23. ^ a b c d e "Jay Mohr on The Adam Carolla Show (video podcast)". Retrieved 15 December 2015. 

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