Jon Rudnitsky

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Jon Rudnitsky
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Rudnitsky performing in July 2016.
Born (1989-11-22) November 22, 1989 (age 29)
Harrington Park, New Jersey, U.S.
MediumStand-up, film, television
Years active2011–present

Jon Rudnitsky (born November 22, 1989)[1] is an American actor and comedian who was a cast member on Saturday Night Live for the 2015–2016 season.

Early life[edit]

Rudnitsky is a native of Harrington Park, New Jersey.[2] His mother, Karen, is in charge of the gerontology center at Valley Hospital in Ridgewood.[3] He attended Northern Valley Regional High School at Old Tappan.[4] He subsequently studied acting at the University of Southern California. His uncle (mother's brother) is Michael Oren, the former Israeli Ambassador to the United States.[5] Rudnitsky is Jewish.[6]


Rudnitsky performed with the Groundlings.[7] On August 31, 2015, it was announced that Rudnitsky would join the cast of Saturday Night Live as a featured player for the show's forty-first season.[8] In the third episode of that season, Rudnitsky portrayed Anderson Cooper in a sketch, acting as moderator for a Democratic presidential debate, for which he was criticized by Cooper.[9] He has also done impressions of Wolf Blitzer, John Mayer, Martin Scorsese, Tom Cruise, and Vladimir Putin (in a dress rehearsal sketch on the episode hosted by Donald Trump), while also doing a Dirty Dancing sketch for Weekend Update, which was seen as one of his high points of the season.[10] On August 9, 2016, Rudnitsky departed the show.[11]

In 2017, Rudnitsky starred alongside Reese Witherspoon in the romantic comedy film Home Again.[12] In 2018, Jon played Mike in the Netflix release Set It Up.

He starred alongside Jane Lynch and Genevieve Angelson in the NBC pilot Relatively Happy, which was not picked up.[13]


Film roles
Year Title Role Notes
2011 A Made Man Voice Short film
2013 The Jewish Hunger Games Peeta Hummus / Effie Trinket Short film
2014 Legends of the Hidden Temple: The Movie Bar Patron Short film
Two-Bit Waltz The Boy
The Great American Comedy Tour Laugh Factory Host Short film
2015 Clint Howard Reboots Pippi Longstocking with Milla Jovovich and Fred Willard Assius Short film
Patchwork Lance
2017 Home Again George
2018 Summertime Mello
Set It Up Mike
Nobody's Fool Benji
Television roles
Year Title Role Notes
2012 Criminal Minds Kyle Owens Episode: "Perennials"
2013 JewDate Jake Episode: "Jenga!"
2015–2016 Saturday Night Live Various Main cast
2017 Better Briefs Kyle Episode: "Locked Out in Your Underwear"
Red Oaks Brett Episode: "Paroled"
Curb Your Enthusiasm Waiter Episode: "Namaste"; Uncredited
Relatively Happy Henry Pepper TV Pilot
2018 Champions Asher Recurring role
Big Hero 6: The Series Ned Ludd (voice) 2 episodes
2019 Catch-22 McWatt Miniseries


  1. ^ "Jon Rudnitsky Joins SNL Cast | Blog". NBC. Retrieved 2015-09-19.
  2. ^ Zhu, Danielle (2015-08-31). "Meet Jon Rudnitsky, SNL's newest cast member". Entertainment Weekly.
  3. ^
  4. ^ Sheridan, Angeline. "Here's What's Buzzing in Bergen This Week", Macaroni Kid Northeast Bergen, September 3, 2015. Accessed September 8, 2015. "NBC recently announced the addition of 25 year old Jon Rudnitsky as a featured player on Saturday Night Live. Rudnitsky, who grew up in Harrington Park, is a stand-up comedian who got his start at Northern Valley Old Tappan High School."
  5. ^ "MK Michael Oren congratulates nephew on joining cast of SNL – Israel News – Jerusalem Post". Retrieved 2015-09-19.
  6. ^ Bloom, Nate (18 September 2015). "celebrity jews". J. The Jewish News of Northern California.
  7. ^ Arkin, Daniel (2015-08-31). "Jon Rudnitsky, Stand-Up Comic, Joins 'Saturday Night Live' as Featured Player". NBC News.
  8. ^ "Anderson Cooper offended by 'SNL' newcomer's impression". Retrieved 2016-07-02.
  9. ^ LaScala, Marisa. "'SNL' Newbie Jon Rudnitsky Finally Makes His Mark On The Show With A 'Dirty Dancing' Parody".
  10. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (9 August 2016). "'Saturday Night Live' Featured Player Jon Rudnitsky To Depart".
  11. ^ "'SNL' Alum Jon Rudnitsky Joins Reese Witherspoon in 'Home Again' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2016-11-21.
  12. ^ Schwindt, Oriana (2017-03-14). "Jane Lynch Joins NBC Pilot 'Relatively Happy'". Variety. Retrieved 2017-07-17.

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