Leo Allen

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This article is about the American comedian. For the American politician, see Leo E. Allen.
Leo Allen
Born July 5, 1972
Massachusetts, American

Leopold Rufus Allen (born July 5, 1972) is an American stand-up comedian and writer from Detroit, Michigan, known as one half of the comedy team Slovin and Allen.[1]


Allen has been performing stand-up comedy since the late 1990s. In 2001, Allen, along with his writing partner, Eric Slovin, starred in their own Comedy Central Presents special[2] which featured sketches such as "Time Machine" and "Turkey Slapper". Slovin and Allen went on to write for Saturday Night Live from 2002 - 2005.

He appeared in the 1997 comedy film Who's the Caboose? starring Sarah Silverman, which featured the first movie appearances of numerous comedians.

A veteran of numerous New York City comedy clubs and alternative venues, Allen performs solo and as part of the duo "Slovin and Allen." He has toured with comedians such as Eugene Mirman, Demetri Martin, Todd Barry, Michael Showalter, and others. He currently hosts "Whiplash" at Upright Citizen's Brigade Theatre in NYC, for which he was nominated for a 2009 ECNY Award for Best Host.

Beginning in September 2005, Allen challenged himself to read 100 books in one year. Halfway into that endeavor, he cited as favorites The Ginger Man by J.P. Donleavy, The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov, Don Quixote by Cervantes and anything by Octavia Butler.[3] Listen: A Standup Guy Who Is Serious About Books, NPR

Allen's writing has appeared in the New York Times Magazine. His television credits include Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Funny or Die Presents, Comedians of Comedy, Human Giant, Michael and Michael Have Issues and more.

Allen co-starred in the comedy series Jon Benjamin Has a Van, which ran on Comedy Central for one season in 2011. He was also the show's co-creator and executive producer.

Allen was a writer and executive producer on the first season of IFC series Comedy Bang! Bang!, which aired in 2012. He guest starred on the third episode which aired on June 22, 2012, playing a man who eats bicycles.


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