Jonah Ray

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Jonah Ray
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Born Jonah Ray Rodrigues
(1982-08-03) August 3, 1982 (age 33)
Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.
Occupation Actor, comedian, writer
Years active 2004–present
Jonah Ray

Jonah Ray Rodrigues (born August 3, 1982) is an American actor, comedian and writer from Los Angeles. He is one of the three hosts of the Nerdist Podcast.

Life and career[edit]

Originally from Kailua, Hawaii on the island of Oahu, Ray played in local Hawaii rock / punk bands and later moved to Los Angeles. Once there he first pursued opportunities in punk rock, but later started to focus on writing and performing comedy.

Ray started his TV career as a writer's assistant for The Andy Milonakis Show, as well as working as a writer and performer on Showtime's sketch comedy pilot "The Offensive Show". He is also a frequent sketch and stand-up performer at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in Los Angeles and has made appearances on programs such as Saul of the Molemen, Crossballs, The Sarah Silverman Program, and Jimmy Kimmel Live![1] He also hosted "Joe Genius", an online program about humor and homegrown science, on Revision3.[2] Previously, he worked as a writer and occasional voice actor on Current TV's program SuperNews!. He previously wrote for Web Soup on the G4 network, and then The Soup on E!. As of October 2012, he has left The Soup.

Ray hosts a weekly comedy show called The Meltdown with Kumail Nanjiani, produced by Nanjiani's wife, Emily Gordon, at Meltdown Comics in Los Angeles.[3]

Ray is one of Chris Hardwick's co-hosts of The Nerdist Podcast and television show. In February 2011, Ray revealed on an episode of the podcast that "Jonah's Arcade", a video gaming-comedy pilot he created and stars in, was not picked up by Comedy Central.[4] The pilot was later released on YouTube, produced by the same producers of Web Soup.

In Late June 2013 Comedy Central announced the pickup of a show 'The Meltdown With Jonah and Kumail' hosted by Ray and Kumail Nanjiani. The show will feature NerdMelt comedy regulars and various comedians.[5]

In October 2012, Ray premiered his own podcast Jonah Raydio featuring himself as a character based on Jimmy Pardo's stage persona.

The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail hosted by Ray and Kumail Nanjiani debuted in July 2014 on Comedy Central.


Ray recorded a seven-inch record of his stand-up comedy for AST Records entitled "This is Crazy Mixed-up Plumbing", released in 2006. He followed this up with his second release entitled "Hello, Mr. Magic Plane Person, Hello" on May 15, 2012, which received mixed reviews.[6][7]

Ray had several videos from South by Southwest on comedy website Super Deluxe as well as his own web-series called "The Freeloaders Guide To Easy Living with Jonah Ray".



  1. ^ Jonah Ray Biography, Bio, Tour Dates, Retrieved June 02, 2010
  2. ^ Joe Genius on Revision3 Retrieved July 15, 2010
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ Nerdist Podcast #64: Burger Salad, 25 February 2011, 49 minute mark
  5. ^ [2]
  6. ^ [3], 15 May 2012
  7. ^ L. Ray, Austin. "Jonah Ray Hello, Mr. Magic Plane Person, Hello album review". The Spit Take. Retrieved 10 April 2013. 
  8. ^ Steve Bryant (April 28, 2008). "Review: Jonah Ray on SuperDeluxe". Reep Pop. Archived from the original on April 30, 2008. Retrieved August 25, 2012. 

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