Jeff B. Davis

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Jeff Davis
Jeff Davis 2010.jpg
Davis in 2010
Born
Jeffrey Bryan Davis

(1973-10-06) October 6, 1973 (age 47)[1]
OccupationActor, comedian
Years active1984–present

Jeffrey Bryan Davis (born October 6, 1973) is an American actor and comedian. He is known for his work as a recurring performer on the improv comedy show Whose Line Is It Anyway? Since July 2016, he has starred as the Goblin Hero Boneweevil on the (formerly) Seeso and VRV Direct original production HarmonQuest.[2]

He appeared in Drew Carey's Green Screen Show as one of the main actors. In 2011, Davis appeared on Drew Carey's improv show, Improv-A-Ganza. He is also known for his impersonations of several actors, notably Christopher Walken, Keanu Reeves, and Jeff Goldblum.[3] He also had a lead role in 2006's award-winning independent film The Boys & Girls Guide to Getting Down as Marty the housesitter.

Early life and education[edit]

Davis was born in Los Angeles and raised in Whittier, California. He began his acting career at the age of four at the Groundlings Theater in Hollywood, playing Linus in You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown.[1] He attended La Serna High School.[4]

Davis started in commercials, and at age 11 he was cast as Louis in the Broadway production of The King and I with Yul Brynner.[1] A national U.S. tour followed, and, after 750 performances, Davis returned home to attend school.[5]

Career[edit]

Davis's screen acting debut was a dramatic role on the series Highway To Heaven as a 12-year-old college student prodigy. He began performing with various improv troupes. He worked with the short-video website Channel 101 and was in the Dan Harmon series Laser Fart. In addition, he played David Lee Roth of Van Halen in an episode of Yacht Rock.

Soon after, Davis landed a recurring role on the improv series Whose Line Is It Anyway?. His comedic timing won over comedian Steve Martin and the other producers of The Downer Channel, earning Davis a spot in the cast of the comedy series in 2001. He has appeared in the television series The Norm Show, The Drew Carey Show, and The Jamie Kennedy Experiment.

He appeared in the telefilm Tuesdays with Morrie and was a series regular in Happy Family, opposite Christine Baranski and John Larroquette, in the fall of 2003. He played an attorney in the October 9, 2008 episode of The Sarah Silverman Program. Davis regularly appears as a guest on the Superego podcast, where he frequently impersonates Sam Elliott.

Davis has toured on "The Improv All Stars" alongside fellow Whose Line stars Drew Carey, Ryan Stiles, Colin Mochrie, Chip Esten, Brad Sherwood, Kathy Greenwood, and Greg Proops.[5] Davis has been part of two USO tours, and he tours with Stiles, Esten, and Proops doing live shows across the U.S. and Canada. He was often used in games that required improvisational singing and usually partnered with Wayne Brady on Whose Line and Esten on Drew Carey's Green Screen Show or live tours.

Davis was one of the rotating announcers on television's longest-running game show, The Price Is Right, after Rich Fields' departure, until George Gray was chosen as the next permanent announcer.[6]

Since June 2012, Davis has co-hosted the live improvisational comedy podcast Harmontown with Community creator Dan Harmon, which started taping at Meltdown Comics in Los Angeles. After a stint at the Starburns Castle in Burbank, the show ended up being taped at Dynasty Typewriter at the Hayworth Theatre. Davis acted as "comptroller", serving as the show's anchor, announcer, and sidekick[7] until the show ended its run in late 2019.[8] In 2014, Game Show Network announced he would host a game show called The Line.

He is often confused with Jeff Davis, the creator of the television series Teen Wolf.[9] In 2020, he appeared on the Teen Wolf episode of Diminishing Returns podcast and gave an interview, posing as the other Jeff Davis.[10]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
2002 Robot Bastard! Robot Blood Mamba Short film
Credited as Jeff Davis
Dan Harmon's Batman Video short
Credited as Jeff Davis
2004 Evil Remains Eric Credited as Jeff Davis
2006 Boys & Girls Guide To Getting Down Marty
Trans-plants C.E.O. Brick Michaels Short
Just the Three of Us "McCloud" Guy Video short
2008 Killer Pad Backwater
2009 Bountiful Bounty Frank Short
In Loving Memory of Chad Jeff Short film
2010 An Evening Without Monty Python Various
My Funny Valentine Joel
2015 Amigo Undead Sheriff Maynard
2019 Holiday Hell Tom
TBA Izzy Lyon: The Unspun Truth Ritchy Rounds

Television[edit]

Television
Year Title Role Notes
1986 Highway To Heaven Christopher Gunn Season 3 episode 9: "Code Name: FREAK"
1999 Tuesdays with Morrie A capella Singer #2 TV movie
Oblique TV short
2001 The Test Himself/Panelist Episode 74: "The Reality Test"
2001-2002 The Drew Carey Show Himself/D'Artagnan 2 episodes
2000–01, 2003, 2005–06
2013–present
Whose Line Is It Anyway? Regular performer
2000 Norm Terry Season 3 episode 5: "Norm vs. Halloween"
2001 The Downer Channel Various
House of Cards TV movie
2003 On the Spot Jeff Miller 5 episodes
Credited as Jeff B. Davis
Ultraforce Colonel Samuel Price
Computerman Agent Chapman Four episodes
Credited as Jeff Davis
Happy Family Todd Brennan
Pyramid Himself/Celebrity panelist Credited as Jeff Davis
2 episodes
2004 Call Me Cobra TV short
Uncredited
Twigger's Holiday Michelle's Father Episode #1.5
2004-2005 Laser Fart Jeff Stunts
Drew Carey's Green Screen Show Regular performer
2005 Joey Martin Episode: "Joey and the Premiere"
Jake in Progress The Waiter Episode: "Check Please"
House of Cosbys Mitchell Reynolds / Mitchell Voice
Awesometown Cowboy Awesometown unaired pilot
2006 The Wastelander Bicycle Cop TV series short
Episode #1.3
Yacht Rock David Lee Roth Episode: "Runnin' with the Devil"
Woria: Queen of Power Monstro TV short
2006-2007 Exposure Ash Credited as Jeff Davis
2007 Bad Day
Cautionary Tales of Swords Anchorman Episode 3
2007–2008 The Sarah Silverman Program Lawyer 4 episodes
2008 True Blood Undercover Cop Season 1 episode 4: "Escape from Dragon House"
Moral Orel Miss Secondopinionson / Busy Dad Toss-o-Matic Voice
2 episode
Credited as Jeff Davis
The Madness of Jane John Mossbechar TV movie
2009 The Quest for the Golden Hot Dog Hungry Hipster Episode: "Welcome Eaters"
Water and Power Jeff Episode: "Ryan Leaves for Israel"
Crappy Holidays Presents... 2 episodes
2010 Melrose Place Simon Episode 17: "Sepulveda"
Hunk of Metal TV short
Uncle Nigel TV movie
The Price Is Right Guest announcer September–November
2010–2012 Mary Shelley's Frankenhole Victor Frankenstein 19 episodes
2011 Drew Carey's Improv-A-Ganza Regular performer
Squidbillies Voice
Season 6 episode 4: "Big E"
Credited Jeff Davis
2012 Suits Zielinski Season 2 episode 9: "Asterisk"
SuperF***ers Super Dan / Polka Dots Voice
2013 Falcon Man Lenny Episode 1
Doin' It Yourself Glee Boy TV movie
2014 Car-Jumper Brad Killian Episode #1.17
Space Work TV short
Santiago Music Manager Episode 3
The Line Co-host
2016 Fuller House Wrestling Announcer Season 1 episode 6: "The Legend of El Explosivo"
Bajillion Dollar Propertie$ Dirk Season 1 episode 2: "Uncle Jerry"
Hidden America with Jonah Ray Goodman Steve Season 1 episode 1: "Boston: Where Past Is Present"
2016–2019 HarmonQuest Himself/Boneweevil 30 episodes
2017 Rick and Morty "Simple Rick's" Voiceover Voice
Season 3 episode 7: "The Ricklantis Mixup"
2020 Diminishing Returns Jeff Davis, Creator of MTV's Teen Wolf / Jeff Davis, Not the Creator of MTV's Teen Wolf 3 episodes

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Jeff Davis biodata". Whose Website Is It Anyway?. Retrieved April 25, 2013.
  2. ^ Greene, Steve (September 15, 2017). "'HarmonQuest' Season 2: Dan Harmon On Getting to Be a Narcissist While Spencer Crittenden Does All The Work". IndieWire. Retrieved September 25, 2019.
  3. ^ Artist Jennette Brown (August 29, 2009). "Whose Line Is It Anyway? Christopher Walken Impersonation". YouTube. Retrieved September 25, 2019.
  4. ^ "La Cerna HighSchool". Fanpop. Retrieved January 12, 2018.
  5. ^ a b "Biography". Chronicles of Jeff Davis. Retrieved April 25, 2013.
  6. ^ Grosvenor, Carrie (July 22, 2010). "Sherwood, Davis Auditioning for Price is Right Announcer". About.com. Archived from the original on April 15, 2013. Retrieved April 25, 2013.
  7. ^ "Listen to Episodes of Harmontown on Podbay". Retrieved February 19, 2016.
  8. ^ "Episode: Cliffhanger!". Retrieved January 6, 2020.
  9. ^ "Episode 97 of the Harmontown podcast". Harmontown. Retrieved September 29, 2014.
  10. ^ "227 - Teen Wolf (with Jeff Davis)". Diminishing Returns. October 5, 2020.

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Preceded by
Rich Fields
Acting announcer of The Price is Right
2010–2011
Served alongside: Brad Sherwood, JD Roberto and others
Succeeded by
George Gray