Jimmy Pardo performing at MaxFunCon 2009 in Lake Arrowhead, California
|Birth name||James Ronald Pardo, Jr.|
July 28, 1966 |
Chicago, Illinois, United States
|Medium||Stand-up Comedy, Television, Film, Podcast|
|Genres||Observational comedy, crowd work, insult comedy|
|Subject(s)||Pop culture, American culture|
|Influences||Don Rickles, Johnny Carson|
|Notable works and roles||Never Not Funny
The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien
Jimmy Pardo (born James Ronald Pardo, Jr.; July 28, 1966) is an American stand-up comedian, actor, and host of the long-running comedy podcast Never Not Funny. From the show's inception and until mid-2015, he performed as the Conan O'Brien's program Conan's warm-up comedian and cast member, after which he began pursuing a general development deal offered by O'Brien's production company. He is also currently the host of the game show Race to Escape on the Science Channel.
Pardo was born in Chicago, Illinois, and spent his first 8 years living on the south side, eventually moving to the south suburbs of Chicago. He spent his grade school years living in Hometown, Illinois. In 1980, his family moved to Oak Forest, Illinois where he attended Oak Forest High School. In 1986, he moved to Pasadena, California to attend the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. He attended for one year, then returned to Chicago to pursue a career in stand-up comedy.
In late 1988, Pardo started performing at open microphones at various venues around Chicago, including "The Roxy", "The Last Laugh" and "The Comedy Cottage". The plethora of successful comedy clubs in the area at that time meant Pardo started earning money almost immediately, allowing him to quit his day job as a sales rep for MCA Records. In addition to his comedy CDs Uno, Pompous Clown and Sprezzatura, in 2007 Pardo appeared on the comedy compilation CD Comedy Death-Ray.
Pardo was the warm-up comedian for The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien. He has returned as the opening act for Conan, and appeared in a recurring on-air sketch throughout the week of April 11, 2011. In May 2011 he began conducting backstage interviews with celebrity guests for a web series called "The Pardo Patrol."
After doing live talk and game shows at such Alternative comedy venues as the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, Jimmy Pardo began the award-winning podcast Never Not Funny at the urging of now-producer Matt Belknap. The show is in its nineteenth season and placed Pardo among the founders of comedian podcasting. Never Not Funny primarily features fellow comedians in improvised conversations. Many of his guests have gone on to host their own podcasts.
In September 2013, Pardo released a comedy album entitled Sprezzatura.
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- Danielle Koenig at the Internet Movie Database