John Early (comedian)

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John Early
Born (1988-01-21) January 21, 1988 (age 31)
Alma materNew York University
  • Actor
  • comedian
Years active2012–present

John Early (born January 21, 1988) is an American comedian and actor. He has appeared on 30 Rock as Jenna Maroney's son and in the independent film Fort Tilden. He stars in Search Party, which was written partly by Michael Showalter and also stars Alia Shawkat.[1]

Early life[edit]

Early is from Nashville, Tennessee. His father was a Presbyterian minister; his mother, a minister of the Disciples of Christ. He attended the University School of Nashville. He graduated from New York University where he majored in Acting. When he was 11, he became a big fan of Australian actress Toni Collette and ran a fan website devoted to her after seeing her in Clockwatchers, Muriel's Wedding and The Sixth Sense.[2]


Early was featured on Lauren Lapkus' podcast (Episode #41, August 28, 2015),[3] as well as Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp, which was released on Netflix in the summer of 2015. He tours around the country with his stand-up/variety show "Literally Me"[4] and also hosts a monthly variety event (called Showgasm) at Ars Nova in New York City. He has made voice appearances on two episodes of Bob's Burgers as brunch blogger Dalton Crespin.[5]

Early frequently collaborates with comedians such as Hamm Samwich and Kate Berlant in a variety of sketch and filmed presentations.[6] In 2016, he wrote and starred in his own 30-minute episode of the sketch show Netflix Presents: The Characters.[7] He also had a small role as Evan in the 2017 comedy Beatriz at Dinner, starring Salma Hayek and John Lithgow.[8]. In 2019, Early appeared in the music video "Squidward Nose" by Cupcakke.


Vanity Fair describes Early's character Elliot on Search Party as a "narcissistic 20-something who runs a questionable water bottle charity...a baby-boomer’s worst nightmare—gossiping over brunch, making up dramatic stories for attention" and calls him "one of the best parts."[9]

Early was called "comedy's secret weapon" by Esquire in 2017.[10]



Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Title Role Director Notes
2014 Fort Tilden John Sarah-Violet Bliss, Charles Rogers
2016 Other People Gabe Chris Kelly
2016 Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising Darren Nicholas Stoller
2017 Beatriz at Dinner Evan Miguel Arteta
2017 Fun Mom Dinner Alfred Alethea Jones
2017 What Children Do Pastor Wes Dean Peterson
2017 The Disaster Artist Chris James Franco
2018 Thread John Max Rosen Short film
2019 Late Night TBA Nisha Ganatra
2019 Good Posture Films that have not yet been released Sol Dolly Wells Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2012 30 Rock Jerome Episode: "Standards and Practices"
2014 High Maintenance Wayne Episode: "Sabrina"[11]
2015 Broad City Brandon Episode: "The Matrix"[11]
2015 Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp Logan 2 episodes[11]
2015 The Special Without Brett Davis Tyler Episode: "Vic & the Moose & Tyler"
2016–2018 Animals. The Assistant / Monty / Fashion Rat 2 4 episodes
2016 Love Daniel Episode: "Party in the Hills"
2016 Netflix Presents: The Characters John the Intern / Jason / John / Riley / Vicky 2 episodes
2016 Difficult People Mickey Episode: "Kessler Epstein Foundation"
2016 Haters Back Off Maureen The Mattress Queen Episode: "Starr Off the Parade"
2016–present Search Party Elliott Goss 20 episodes
2017 Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later Logan 4 episodes
2017 At Home with Amy Sedaris Russell Episode: "Gift Giving"
2018–present Big City Greens Alexander 4 episodes


  1. ^ "'Arrested Development' Alum Alia Shawkat to Star in Jax Media Comedy". The Hollywood Reporter. 22 June 2015.
  2. ^ "John Early Used to Run a Toni Collette Fan Website". Late Night with Seth Meyers. 7 June 2017. Retrieved June 8, 2017.
  3. ^ "John Early: Celebrity Wow with Tyler LIVE, episode #41 of With Special Guest Lauren Lapkus on Earwolf". Retrieved June 8, 2017.
  4. ^ "Pretending to be Serious with Comedian John Early «  The WILD Magazine". Retrieved June 8, 2017.
  5. ^ Wellen, Brianna (October 1, 2017). "Bob's Burgers returns with a little help from its fans". The A.V. Club. Retrieved December 19, 2017.
  6. ^ Branum, Guy (April 2, 2014). "John Early Is Young, Hungry and Coming Down the Stairs". Retrieved June 8, 2017.
  7. ^ "Netflix Orders Innovative Sketch Series 'The Characters' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. February 1, 2016. Retrieved February 2, 2016.
  8. ^ "John Early Has the Smallest Role in Beatriz at Dinner". Late Night with Seth Meyers. June 7, 2017. Retrieved June 8, 2017.
  9. ^ Desta, Yohana. "How *Search Party*'s John Early Flipped TV's Awful Millennial Trope". HWD. Retrieved 2019-03-12.
  10. ^ Coates, Tyler (2017-12-15). "John Early Is Comedy's Secret Weapon". Esquire. Retrieved 2019-03-12.
  11. ^ a b c "John Early". IMDb. Retrieved June 8, 2017.

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