Joe Mande

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Joe Mande
Joe Mande.jpg
Performing at Bumbershoot, 2010
Born (1983-03-16) March 16, 1983 (age 32)
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Medium Stand-up, writer
Nationality American
Alma mater Emerson College
Years active 2005–present

Joe Mande (born March 16, 1983) is an American stand-up comedian, writer, and Internet personality [1] based in Los Angeles.


Mande is an alumnus of Emerson College in Boston,[2] where he formed a sketch comedy group with Harris Wittels and Armen Weitzman.

Mande has appeared on such TV shows as Comedy Central's The Half Hour, VH1's Best Week Ever and Conan.[3] He is also the author of the book Look At This Fucking Hipster.

In 2009, Time Out New York named Mande the city's “Best New Comedian.”[4]

Mande was a writer for the final three seasons of the NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation, also appearing in seven episodes as Pawnee resident Morris Lerpiss.[5] He has also written for the Comedy Central sketch series Kroll Show, and the Adult Swim series Delocated.

On July 14, 2014, it was announced that Mande had posted a Kickstarter for "The Million Dollar Podcast", saying that if he raised one million dollars he would interview "comedians and musicians and shit like that." [6] He was briefly held up by Kickstarter, who initially rejected the project, saying that it didn't "create something to share with others."[7] After reading Mande's appeal, the Kickstarter was finally allowed to begin.[8] It ran from July 16 - August 15, 2014, and if you donate $1,000 Mande will "mention your name on the podcast or something." [9] Only $30,000 was raised.


Mande released his first comedy album, Bitchface on March 14, 2014. The album was done in the style of a mixtape with appearances by his friends Fabolous, Roy Hibbert, Jenny Slate, Nick Kroll, Aziz Ansari, and voicemail messages from The RZA and Amy Poehler.[10]

Activity on Twitter[edit]

Joe Mande is a prolific user of Twitter, and has earned recognition as an "internet rascal."[1] Mande is known for calling out celebrities for myopic and offensive Twitter and Instagram posts by retweeting or joking about it. In 2011 Mande rubbed NBA player Gilbert Arenas the wrong way when the comedian made several tweets referencing tweets Arenas had made about his poor treatment of women and the many ridiculous Twitter profile photos Arenas had used. He subsequently re-tweeted Arenas' malformed response tweets.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Mande was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico and grew up in Saint Paul, Minnesota, attending Saint Paul Central High School.[12] He is Jewish. Passionate about rap music and basketball, Mande was admitted into Justin Bieber's crew in 2014. He resides in Los Angeles with his wife Kylie.[13]


Year Title Role Notes
2013 Money From Strangers Himself 5 episodes
2012–2015 Parks and Recreation Morris Lerpiss 7 episodes; Also Writer
2013 Kroll Show Elon Faizon 2 episodes; Also Writer
2014 Brooklyn Nine-Nine Isaac Episode: "Charges and Specs"
2014 The Interview Joe
2015 Modern Family Ben Episode: "Closet? You'll Love It!"


  1. ^ a b "YOU MADE IT WEIRD: JOE MANDE". February 3, 2012. 
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  3. ^ "Watch comedian Joe Mande’s late night debut on "Conan"". September 28, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Joe Mande". 
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  6. ^ Bradford, Evans. "Joe Mande Will Start a Podcast If People Give Him a Million Dollars Via Kickstarter". The Awl. Retrieved 16 July 2014. 
  7. ^ Mande, Joe. "Appeal". Retrieved 16 July 2014. 
  8. ^ Mande, Joe. "WE DID IT, Y'ALL!". Retrieved 16 July 2014. 
  9. ^ Mande, Joe. "The Million Dollar Podcast". The Million Dollar Podcast. Retrieved 16 July 2014. 
  10. ^ Cathcart, Olivia. "Joe Mande releases his comedy mixtape ‘Bitchface’ today". The Laugh Button. The Laugh Button. Retrieved 27 April 2014. 
  11. ^ "Joe Mande Vs. Gilbert Arenas: Twitter Fight Between Comic And NBA Star Gets Personal (TWEETS)". 2011-08-30. 
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  13. ^ "WATCH: Are Hanukkah And Christmas Equal? Joe Mande Doesn't Think So". Huffington Post. 21 December 2011. 

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