John Hemphill (comedian)

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John Michael Hemphill (born February 13, 1966) is an American actor and comedian.[1]


Hemphill was born in Tacoma, Washington and graduated from Briarcrest Christian School in Memphis, Tennessee and University of Memphis. Following college Hemphill began his career at the Gaslight Dinner Theater in Memphis where he would accept freelance jobs as a singing telegram messenger. It was in these two professions that he honed his skills and talents in comedy and improvisation.

In 1986 Hemphill joined the cast of The David Kiihnl Show, a local Public-access television interview program, where he developed his most popular character - Elvin Aaron, a bad Elvis impersonator who claimed to be the son of Elvis Presley. It was with this character that he began to receive local recognition leading to offers to tour the character in a stand up music/comedy act around the country.

Following the demise of the cable TV program, Hemphill joined with local Memphis disc jockeys Ron Olsen and Terrence Mckeever on NBC affiliate WMC-TV to co-host a Saturday night midnight movie called Western Movie Classics - which aired old western movies with comedy skits airing between the commercial breaks. The program was replaced quickly when it failed to gain an audience.

Over the next few years Hemphill appeared quite frequently on TV showing up on MTV Road Rules, The Howard Stern Show, and The Today Show.

Hemphill retired his Elvis character in 2000 and has continued acting in regional theatre performing at such theatres as Playhouse on the Square located in his hometown of Memphis. He has performed roles in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Greater Tuna, Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, Morning's at Seven, and Guys and Dolls in which he won a 2004 Ostrander award for Best Supporting Actor in a Musical.

Personal life[edit]

Hemphill married Mary Buchignani, who he had met while performing in a play, in 2006. The couple live in Cordova, Tennessee.

Theatre credits[edit]


  1. ^ Williams, Scott (August 30, 1991). "Maniac Mansion' Writer Flies High". The Free Lance-Star. Retrieved 27 September 2011.