Marc Evan Jackson

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Marc Evan Jackson
Marc Evan Jackson 2012.jpg
Jackson at the Thrilling Adventure Hour in 2012
Born Marc Evan Jackson
(1970-08-21) August 21, 1970 (age 45)
Buffalo, New York, U.S.
Alma mater Calvin College
Occupation Actor, comedian, voice-over artist
Years active 1998–present
Spouse(s) Beth Hagenlocker (2002-present)

Marc Evan Jackson (born August 21, 1970)[1] is an American comedian and actor best known for his work as Sparks Nevada in the Thrilling Adventure Hour, Kevin Cozner in Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and Dr. Murphy in 22 Jump Street.

Early life[edit]

Jackson was born in 1970 in Buffalo, New York.[1] He grew up in nearby Amherst, New York along with his two siblings, a brother and a sister.[2][3] He graduated from Amherst Central High School in 1988, and obtained a bachelor's degree from Calvin College in 1992 with a major in philosophy and minors in political science and environmental studies.[2] While in college, he also participated in theatre productions.[4]

During summers, Jackson worked as a deck hand on the MV Americana.[5] After graduating from college, he spent a few years working on schooners, both in Michigan, as a deck hand on the schooner Malabar, and in Maine, as first mate on the Mercantile.[3][5][6] He also worked as a producer and host for WGVU, a National Public Radio affiliate in Michigan, replacing Bill Freeman as the host of the Morning Show in 1997.[5][6][7]

Career[edit]

Improv and acting[edit]

Jackson started his improv career with River City Improv, a group associated with Calvin College, after attending a rehearsal to play the piano.[8] Jackson later joined The Second City Detroit, becoming a member of the main company in 1998.[9] While at Second City Detroit he participated in the 1999 show "Phantom Menace to Society."[10]

Jackson moved to Los Angeles in 2001.[11] He taught improv at Second City Hollywood.[11] He joined the long-form improv group called "The 313" in 2003.[12] The 313 is named for Detroit's area code and is made up of mostly former Detroit residents, including Keegan-Michael Key, Larry Joe Campbell, Joshua Funk, Nyima Funk, Andy Cobb, Maribeth Monroe, and Jaime Moyer.[13][14] The 313 continues to perform at comedy festivals around the country, including Las Vegas,[13] San Francisco,[14] and Detroit.[15][16]

After meeting Mark Gagliardi and Ben Acker at Second City Hollywood, Jackson was invited to one of the first rehearsals of what would become the Thrilling Adventure Hour and became a member of the WorkJuice Players, playing Sparks Nevada in the regular segment "Sparks Nevada, Marshal on Mars".[17][18] The show has been running as a live stage show since 2005 and has been published as a podcast since January 2011. Jackson also appeared in the film Drones, which was written by Acker and Blacker and directed by Amber Benson and Adam Busch.

Jackson is one half of a double act with comedian Carrie Clifford in which they play Sky & Nancy Collins, characters who live in Orange County and are trying stand-up for the first time because their friends find them funny.[19] They have appeared on Last Comic Standing, on Last Call with Carson Daly, and at the Hollywood Improv.[20]

Jackson starred in a web series in 2011 directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts called Fox Compton.[21] He has gone on to work with Vogt-Roberts many times, including on the film The Kings of Summer in 2013 and in the television series Mash Up on Comedy Central. Jackson has also made guest appearances in a number of other television series, including Key & Peele, Psych, Arrested Development, Happy Endings, The Middle, 2 Broke Girls, Modern Family, Kroll Show, and Hello Ladies. In 2012, Jackson starred in Suit Up, a web series co-produced by DirecTV and Fox Digital Studio, as Jim Dunnigan.[22] Suit Up was the first of Fox Digital Studio's series to be picked up for a second season.

In January 2012, Jackson stood in for Bradley Cooper to play the part of Ben in a staged reunion performance of Wet Hot American Summer at the San Francisco Comedy Festival.[23]

Jackson has appeared as attorney Trevor Nelson in half a dozen episodes of Parks and Recreation, and was later cast as Kevin Cozner in Michael Schur's new comedy series Brooklyn Nine-Nine.[24] Jackson had a supporting role in the Amazon pilot The Rebels, which premiered online in 2014 but was not picked up for a full series.[25] In February 2014, it was announced that Jackson would play the role of Jim in the Fox pilot titled Fatrick, across from Marcia Cross.[26]

Voice work[edit]

Jackson is also known for his voiceover work, which includes movies like President Wolfman,[27] radio series such as Adventures in Odyssey,[28] and web series including Funny or Die Presents: Brick Novax's Diary.

In October 2013, Jackson appeared as Marcus Vanston in a live performance of the popular podcast Welcome to Night Vale. This episode, titled "The Debate", was released on May 1, 2014.[29]

Advertising[edit]

Jackson has appeared in numerous national ad campaigns, including Farmers Insurance with J.K. Simmons,[30] Sears, Coors, Aaron's, Progressive, and DirecTv.[31]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2000 Garage: A Rock Saga The Saucy Chef
2003 Melvin Goes to Dinner Extra
2009 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Commander, US Central Command
2009 The Slammin' Salmon Dry Sac Customer
2010 Drones Ian
2010 Bright Day! Tripp Bailey
2012 The Babymakers Jefferey
2012 Karaoke Man Marble
2012 President Wolfman John Wolfman Voice
2013 The Kings of Summer Mr. Keenan
2014 22 Jump Street Dr. Martin P. Murphy
2015 Tenured Jerry Trask[1] TFF 2015 world premiere[32]
2015 Bad Night John Announced
2015 Mono Agent James Announced
2017 Kong: Skull Island Rumored[33]

Television[edit]

Year Title Episode(s) Role
2002 One on One S02E06 The Store Clerk
2003 ILL-ustrated Various Various characters (voice)
2006 Campaign Trail TV movie Bobbie Grant
2006 According to Jim S05E22 Harried Guy
2007 Case Closed TV movie Nathan Shadle
2007 Revenge Pilot Gordon
2007 Carpoolers S01E07 Man on Street
2008 Last Comic Standing S06E03 Sky Collins
2008 Reno 911! S05E08 Amnesiac
2008 The Consultants Pilot Brandon
2008 Scare Tactics S03E05; S0309 Various
2008 Atom TV S01E14 Jay
2008 Carpet Bros All Xavier Montrose Raylon
2008 Last Call with Carson Daly 3/13/08 Sky Collins
2009 Super Dave's Spike Tacular S01E01-04
2009 The Burr Effect Pilot Mansion Security
2010 Vamped Out S01E03 Audition Actor #2
2010 Funny or Die Presents: Brick Novax's Diary S02E01, 3, 5, 9 Brick Novax (voice)
2011 Workaholics S02E10 Gerald
2014 S04E11 Dr. Gerald Landers
2011 Psych S06E07 Sheldon Gates
2011 Good News, Oklahoma! Short Tucker
2011 Kickin' It S01E17 Doctor Rose
2012 Wolfpack of Reseda S01E01-3 Rod
2012 Mash Up Various Various
2012 Happy Endings S03E04 Fishmonger
2012 RVC: The Lone Shopping Network Surgeon
2012 You're Whole Jim Rigmann
2012-2013 Suit Up All Jim Dunnigan
2012 Key & Peele S01E01 Various
2013 S03E07 Director
2013 2 Broke Girls S02E19 Eli
2013 Arrested Development S04E07 Storage Auctioneer
2013 Hello Ladies S01E02 Manager
2013 Kroll Show S01E02 Kevin's Dad
2014 S02E01, S02E11 Walter "The Wallet"
2015 S03E06
2013 Parks and Recreation S05E22; S06E01-2, 5-7 Trevor Nelsson
2014 S06E10
2015 S07E01, S07E12, S07E13
2014 The Middle S05E12 Professor Danziger
2014 The Spoils of Babylon S01E01 Bank Man
2014 Modern Family S05E16 Tad
2014 The Rebels Pilot Phil Mavon
2014 Fatrick Pilot Jim
2014 Adventure Time "Ocarina" Kim Kil Whan/Mr. F (voice)
2014 I Didn't Do It S01E14 Mr. Buffington
2014 You're the Worst S01E06 Therapist
2015 S02E06
2014 The League "Sitting Shiva" Mr. Rappaport
2014 Masters of Sex "One for the Money, Two for the Show" Harold
2014 Newsreaders S02E02 Ryan Rosenberg
2014 Nick Offerman: American Ham IP Attorney
2014 Brooklyn Nine-Nine S01E16, S02E05, S02E11 Kevin Cozner
2015 S02E16, S02E17, S02E20, S03E09
2015 Cocked Pilot Ken
2015 Man Seeking Woman S01E06 A judge
2015 Comedy Bang! Bang! S04E16 Proctor[34]
2015 The Spoils Before Dying[35] S01E01-S01E03; SO1E05-S01E06 Kermit Biggs
2015 Stunted[36] Pilot Whoopi Goldberg
2015 Rizzoli & Isles S06E11 Dr. Hart
2015 Black-ish S02E05 David Cooper

Podcasts[edit]

Podcast Episode Date Role
Guys With Feelings Comedy Bit - Calling the Veep 2006.02.17 Vice-President Cheney[37]
Kevin Pollak's Chat Show #37 2010.01.19 Himself (Cast & Crew of Drones)
#43 2010.03.30 Himself (1st Year Birthday, part 2)
#205 2014.06.03 Himself
Comedy Bang! Bang! #50 2010.04.23 Harry Houdini[38]
#284 2014.05.05 Himself[39]
Thrilling Adventure Hour All 2011-present Sparks Nevada/WorkJuice Player[18]
Pop My Culture #37 2011.03.22 Himself[40]
Totally Laime #72 2011.06.19 Himself[41]
Dead Authors Podcast Appendix A 2011.12.20 O. Henry[42]
Ch. 16 2013.04.02 Gore Vidal[43]
Superego The War of Two Worlds 2012 WorkJuice Player[44]
The Matthew Aaron Show #77 2012.01.23 Himself[45]
#153 2013.06.12 Himself[46]
Talkin Walkin' #9 2012.05.15 Himself[3]
Kickin' It Mary Lynn Style #5 2012.08.16 Himself[47]
Giant Fire Breathing Robot #149 2012.10.31 Himself [48]
HobCast #17 2012.12.19 Himself[49]
#36 2014.10.24 Himself
Welcome to Night Vale #32.5 2014.05.01 Marcus Vanston[50]
#55.5 2014.10.01 Sparks Nevada[51]
Chewin' It With Kevin and Steve #84 2014.10.29 Himself[52]
Mutant Season #149 2014.11.19 Himself[53]
Spontaneanation with Paul F. Tompkins #2 2015.04.06 Himself[54]
#4 2015.04.20 Himself[55]
#5 2015.04.27 Himself[56]
#13 2015.06.22 Himself[57]
#18 2015.07.27 Himself[58]
#23 2015.08.31 Himself[59]
#29 2015.10.12 Himself[60]
#30 2015.10.19 Himself[61]
#33 2015.11.09 Himself[62]
Sklarbro Country #253 2015.05.29 Himself[63]
The JV Club #158 2015.06.11 Himself[64]

Personal life[edit]

Jackson married veterinarian Beth Hagenlocker on April 27, 2002.[65] They live in Venice with their cats Penny, Charlie, and Snug.[66]

Jackson is known for wearing a bow tie, both in character as Sparks Nevada as well as out of character.[67][68]

Charity work[edit]

Jackson co-founded the Detroit Creativity Project, which teaches Detroit public school students improv as a vehicle for improving their communication skills, along with Hagenlocker, Key, Margaret Edwartowski, and Larry Joe Campbell.[69][70][71] The Project, which was inspired by a statement by Detroit mayor Dave Bing, was founded after a series of cookouts held at Jackson and Hagenlocker's home with other actors, writers, and directors who had connections to the city.[72] In 2015 the program will expand to teach 500 students in 19 different schools.[73]

Jackson and Hagenlocker are also supporters of the non-profit 826LA and Jackson frequently participates in events for the organization.[74][75][76]

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