Myq Kaplan

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Myq Kaplan
Myq Kaplan, the Meltdown, December 2011.jpg
Kaplan in December 2011
Birth nameMichael Kaplan
Born (1978-10-07) October 7, 1978 (age 41)
Livingston, New Jersey
MediumStand-up comedian
Years active2005–present

Myq Kaplan (/mk/; born October 7, 1978[1]) is an American stand-up comedian. Born Michael Kaplan[2] in Livingston, New Jersey,[3][4] he is based in Boston[5] and New York City.[6]


Kaplan received his bachelor's degree from Brandeis University in 2000[2] and a master's degree in linguistics from Boston University.[7] While a student at Boston University in 2005, he won its "funniest student" contest.[7]

Comedy career[edit]

Kaplan tours North America regularly and has performed over 1,000 shows at comedy clubs.[7]

He was a semifinalist in the 2006 Boston Comedy Festival and in the 2006 Seattle Comedy Competition.[7] He was one of nine finalists in Comedy Central's 2007 Open Mic Fight competition. In 2008, a reader poll by Boston's The Phoenix named him Local Comedian of the Year.[8] He took part in Montreal's Just for Laughs comedy festival in 2009.[5][9]

Television, internet and recordings[edit]

Myq Kaplan has appeared on Comedy Central's Live at Gotham and in promotional work for the network. He has been featured on ABC News Now.

On December 16, 2009, he performed for the first time on The Tonight Show.[10] Kaplan also appeared as a contestant on the competition TV series Last Comic Standing during the summer 2010.[11] He placed fifth in the competition.[12]

He is also a frequent guest on long running comedy podcast Keith and the Girl.

Myq Kaplan has been a guest on the podcast "You Made It Weird With Pete Holmes" 2 times, one released on April 4, 2012 and as a returning guest released December 20, 2017

Kaplan hosts his own podcast Hang Out with Me.[13]

On April 30, 2010, his Comedy Central Presents special aired on Comedy Central.

Myq Kaplan's comedy album Vegan Mind Meld was released April 27, 2010, and his second album, Please Be Seated was released in 2012.

In August 2014, Myq Kaplan's one-hour standup special entitled Small, Dork, and Handsome appeared on Netflix for streaming.

On February 14, 2014 Kaplan was the first guest on Ken Reid's TV Guidance Counselor Podcast.

On January 31, he was the first guest on Bombing with Mike Dorval, where he talked about his joke writing and a joke that bombed for the New York Times.[14]

Kaplan was also a contestant on the tenth season of America's Got Talent. He was eliminated in the Quarterfinals.

Personal life[edit]

Kaplan is also a musician, primarily as a guitarist and vocalist. He is a vegan,[15] polyamorous [16] and once described himself as "atheistic".[17]


  1. ^ Myq Kaplan at MySpace
  2. ^ a b Channon, Alison. "Brandeis comedians take smarts to the stage", The Brandeis Hoot, 13 March 2009.
  3. ^ Wilkowe, Ellen S. "Things to do in Morris County, NJ: Last Comic Standing tour comes to Morristown, NJ, Jan. 15"[permanent dead link], Daily Record (Morristown), January 13, 2011. Accessed February 24, 2011. "One-time aspiring singer/songwriter Myq Kaplan, 32, formerly of Livingston and now of New York City, changed his tune … and converted to comedy."
  4. ^ Yaryshkin, Slava. Stand-up Comedy 101 Interview with Myq Kaplan Archived 2010-12-13 at the Wayback Machine, 6 April 2009.
  5. ^ a b Alterman, Sara Faith. "Montreal Comedy Festival: The New Faces showcase", The Boston Phoenix, 23 July 2009.
  6. ^ Gadino, Dylan P. Just For Laughs: New Faces" Archived 2009-08-01 at the Wayback Machine, Punchline, 27 July 2009.
  7. ^ a b c d Laskowski, Nicole. "The Last Comic Standing?", BU Today, 8 August 2007.
  8. ^ Readers' Pick: Best Local Comedian: Myq Kaplan, The Boston Phoenix, 2008.
  9. ^ Borden, Jane. "Just for Laughs in Montreal: Day One" Archived 2009-09-05 at the Wayback Machine, Time Out New York, 23 July 2009.
  10. ^ Tonight Show video clip,[dead link] 16 December 2009.
  11. ^ Heisler, Steve (June 21, 2010). "New York Auditions Day 2". A.V. Club. The Onion.
  12. ^ "'Last Comic Standing' crowns Felipe Esparza seventh-season champ", Reality TV, August 10, 2010.
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  14. ^ "01 – Myq Kaplan | Rox Labs". Archived from the original on 2016-11-05. Retrieved 2016-06-11.
  15. ^ Singer, Jasmin (August 24, 2011). "Art of the Animal: Myq Kaplan" (video). Art of the Animal, Video. Our Hen House.
  16. ^ "Shame On: Polyamory". Archived from the original on 2016-11-16. Retrieved 2016-11-15.
  17. ^ About Myq Kaplan (archived) at his official website Archived 2010-11-25 at the Wayback Machine

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