Joe Pera

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Joe Pera
Comedian Joe Pera.jpg
Born
Joseph Pera

(1988-07-24) 24 July 1988 (age 33)
Alma materIthaca College[1][2]
Years active2009–present
Comedy career
Medium
  • Stand-up
  • television
  • film
Genres
Subject(s)

Joseph Pera (born 24 July 1988)[3] 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.

Early life[edit]

Joe Pera was born in Buffalo, New York. 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.[1][2] He moved to New York City to pursue comedy and would attend open microphone nights as often as possible.[5]

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.[6] Thanks to the success of those programs (all produced by Chestnut Walnut, founded by him and Conner O'Malley),[7] Pera developed a television series for Adult Swim, which premiered on May 20, 2018, titled Joe Pera Talks with You.[5] He appeared on the talk show Conan on March 28, 2017, and on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on December 4, 2019.[8][9]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
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 28 March
2019 The Late Show with Stephen Colbert 4 December
Late Night with Seth Meyers 18 December
2018–present Joe Pera Talks with You 22 episodes; also creator, executive producer and writer
2020 Relaxing Old Footage with Joe Pera Special
F is for Family Alaquippa Ed

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b 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 ...
  2. ^ a b 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 ...
  3. ^ 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
  4. ^ "Joe Pera". MASS MoCA. June 1, 2016. Archived from the original on June 12, 2018. Retrieved July 27, 2018.
  5. ^ a b "Interview with Joe Pera". Texas Travesty. April 25, 2018. Archived from the original on May 12, 2018. Retrieved May 11, 2018.
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ "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.
  8. ^ "Team Coco". teamcoco.com. Retrieved May 14, 2021.
  9. ^ Wright, Megh (December 5, 2019). "Joe Pera and Stephen Colbert Discuss the Soothing Joys of Grocery Shopping". Vulture. Retrieved May 14, 2021.

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