Joe Pera

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Joe Pera
Man with short brown hair and glasses wearing a colorful short-sleeved button-up shirt infront of a bridge above water and red-roofed buildings in the distance
Born
Joseph Pera

(1988-07-24) July 24, 1988 (age 34)
Alma materIthaca College
Years active2009–present
Comedy career
Medium
  • Stand-up
  • television
  • film
Genres
Subject(s)

Joseph Pera (born July 24, 1988)[1] is an American comedian, writer and actor. He is best known as the creator and star of Adult Swim's Joe Pera Talks with You, which entered development following the success of the 2016 specials Joe Pera Talks You to Sleep, and ran for three seasons.[2]

Early life[edit]

Joe Pera was born in Buffalo, New York.[3] He studied film at Ithaca College, where he competed in and won the college's stand-up competition three times.[4] Pera graduated from Ithaca College in 2010.[5][6] He moved to New York City to pursue comedy and would attend open mic nights as often as possible.[7] Pera is a fan of his hometown Buffalo Bills.[8]

Career[edit]

Known for his slow, "grandfatherly" delivery and his penchant for wearing sweaters, Pera created the Adult Swim Infomercial Joe Pera Talks You to Sleep. This was followed by an appearance on Late Night with Seth Meyers, and another stand-alone Adult Swim special titled Joe Pera Helps You Find the Perfect Christmas Tree.[9] Thanks to the success of those programs (all produced by Chestnut Walnut, founded by him and Conner O'Malley),[10] Pera developed a television series for Adult Swim, which premiered on May 20, 2018, titled Joe Pera Talks with You.[7] He appeared on the talk show Conan on March 28, 2017, and on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on December 4, 2019.[11][12] In 2021, Joe Pera released a book named A Bathroom Book for People Not Pooping or Peeing but Using the Bathroom as an Escape which was illustrated by Joe Bennett.[13]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2016 5 Doctors Davis
2017 Snowy Bing Bongs Across the North Star Combat Zone Jim

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2013–14 The Chris Gethard Show Zero Fucks Boyd 4 episodes
2014 New Timers Myron 2 episodes
2016 Joe Pera Talks You to Sleep Himself Short; part of Infomercials
Joe Pera Helps You Find the Perfect Christmas Tree
2017 Conan March 28
2018–21 Joe Pera Talks with You 32 episodes; also creator, executive producer and writer
2019 The Late Show with Stephen Colbert December 4
Late Night with Seth Meyers December 18
2020 Relaxing Old Footage with Joe Pera Special
F is for Family Alaquippa Ed 6 episodes
2022 Search Party Dr. Inane Episode: "Song of Songs"
Bob's Burgers Christopher Episode: "Ferry on My Wayward Bob and Linda"

YouTube series[edit]

Title Role Notes
2014 Perfect Week Himself 7 episode mini-series hosted by JASH with trailer
The Pancake Breakfast Critic 3 episode mini-series hosted by MTV
2015 How To Make It in USA 9 episode mini-series co-starring Conner O'Malley
2021 Townsends[14] Appears in 4 episodes

References[edit]

  1. ^ Burke, Jason (February 18, 2014). "Comedians Under 30 To Check Out This Year". Complex. Archived from the original on May 12, 2018. Retrieved May 11, 2018. Joe Pera ... Age: 25
  2. ^ Maas, Tyler (July 7, 2022). "'Joe Pera Talks With You' has been canceled "for now"". Milwaukee Record. Retrieved July 7, 2022.
  3. ^ "Interview with Joe Pera: the comedian on the influences behind his adult swim show". 6Park. November 9, 2021. Archived from the original on June 16, 2022. Retrieved June 16, 2022.
  4. ^ "Joe Pera". MASS MoCA. June 1, 2016. Archived from the original on June 12, 2018. Retrieved July 27, 2018.
  5. ^ Pirani, Steven (November 21, 2013). "Alumnus named finalist in Comedy Central contest". The Ithacan. Archived from the original on June 12, 2018. Retrieved May 2, 2020. With three victories in the Ithaca College Annual Stand-Up Competition during his undergraduate years, Joe Pera '10 ...
  6. ^ Anderson, Joey (March 29, 2016). "Joe Pera, IC Alum, Gets Noticed With 4 A.M. Show". Odyssey. Archived from the original on May 2, 2020. Retrieved May 2, 2020. Joe Pera, a 2010 IC alum ...
  7. ^ a b "Interview with Joe Pera". Texas Travesty. April 25, 2018. Archived from the original on May 12, 2018. Retrieved May 11, 2018.
  8. ^ Martin, Garrett (August 10, 2021). "The Best Joe Pera Stand-up on YouTube". pastemagazine.com. Retrieved October 1, 2022.
  9. ^ Ciemcioch, Mark (December 9, 2016). "Let Joe Pera help you find a Christmas tree". Buffalo News. Archived from the original on May 12, 2018. Retrieved May 11, 2018.
  10. ^ "Peaceful Reflections Of The Apocalypse by Tom Hunt – Animation Film @ Brooklyn Film Festival". Brooklynfilmfestival.org. April 27, 2018. Archived from the original on May 18, 2018. Retrieved August 1, 2018.
  11. ^ "Team Coco". teamcoco.com. Retrieved May 14, 2021.
  12. ^ Wright, Megh (December 5, 2019). "Joe Pera and Stephen Colbert Discuss the Soothing Joys of Grocery Shopping". Vulture. Retrieved May 14, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  13. ^ "A Bathroom Book for People Not Pooping or Peeing but Using the Bathroom as an Escape". us.macmillan.com/. Retrieved February 9, 2022.
  14. ^ "Joe Pera Makes a Stool for Our Cabin - Townsends Wilderness Homestead". Retrieved November 13, 2021 – via www.youtube.com.

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