Rory Scovel

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Rory Scovel
Rory Scovel.jpg
Scovel in 2013
Born (1980-08-06) August 6, 1980 (age 39)
Greenville, South Carolina
Years active2004–present

Rory Scovel (born August 6, 1980) is an American comedian, writer and actor from Greenville, South Carolina. He lives in Los Angeles.

Early life and education[edit]

Scovel was born in Greenville, South Carolina, where he grew up, and played basketball, tennis, and soccer. He has described himself as hyperactive and a class clown.[1]

Rory attended St. Mary's Catholic School, then Christ Church Episcopal School, from kindergarten through 8th grade and Greenville High School for high school.[citation needed]

Rory graduated in 2003 with a Communications Degree from University of South Carolina Upstate. While there, he played soccer for all four years.[2]


Scovel first performed at open mic nights in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Soon after, Scovel moved to and started his career in Washington D.C., where he performed for three years.[3] He then moved to New York City, where he performed for three years until he moved to Los Angeles where he now lives.[3]

In 2006, Scovel participated in the Seattle International Comedy Competition where he made it to the finals.[4]

In 2011, Scovel performed on Conan with comedian Jon Dore using the premise that the show accidentally booked two comedians.[5][6] Scovel also released his first stand-up album with Stand Up! Records called Dilation.[2][7] Scovel and the record were named by The Huffington Post as one of fourteen in their "Guide To New Comedy Albums of 2011".[8]

In 2012, Scovel was named in the 10 Comics to Watch by Variety magazine.[9]

Scovel has opened for comedians such as Louis C.K., Nick Swardson, and Daniel Tosh.[2][10] He has also performed at the Montreal Just for Laughs Festival,[11] the FYF Fest in Los Angeles,[12] the Vancouver Comedy Festival, the Del Close Improv Marathon in New York,[13] the Bumbershoot Festival in Seattle,[14] and the Chicago Improv Festival.[3]

In 2013, Scovel performed a show at the performance venue at Third Man Records, Jack White's record label.[15] The live show was recorded to tape and transferred to vinyl. There is no digital version of this recording.[16][17]


Scovel currently co-hosts The Pen Pals Podcast (#growtheshow(#grewtheshoe)) alongside fellow comedian Daniel Van Kirk (Daniel Vaniel Kaniel) #jerredleftdan. Scovel has appeared on several popular podcasts, including Comedy Bang! Bang! with Scott Aukerman, Doug Loves Movies with Doug Benson, Sklarbro Country with The Sklar Brothers, The Nerdist Podcast with Chris Hardwick, You Made It Weird with Pete Holmes, Maximum Fun's Stop Podcasting Yourself, The Dead Authors Podcast with Paul F. Tompkins, The Dollop live at the 2016 Riot LA Comedy Festival with Dave Anthony and Gareth Reynolds, The Todd Glass Show, and WTF with Marc Maron.



Year Title Role Notes
2007 Groom with a View Organ Player Short film
2009 Public Service Leo's Agent (voice) Short film
2010 Seattle Komedy Dokumentary Himself
2011 Dead Monkey Ricky
2012 Is There?: Todd Glass for GLSEN Party Guest Short film
2012 Broken Mike Himself
2013 Documentary Subject Wanted with Rory Scovel Himself
2016 Dean Eric
2017 The House Joe
2018 I Feel Pretty Ethan


Year Title Role Notes
2007 Live at Gotham Himself Episode #2.4
2010 Late Night with Jimmy Fallon Himself Episode #2.170
2011–2012 The Life & Times of Tim Jim/Jerry (voice) 2 episodes
2011–2018 Conan Himself 8 episodes
2011–2013 New York Stand-Up Show Himself 2 episodes
2012 The Half Hour Himself Episode #1.1, also writer
2012 UnCabaret Himself Episode #1.4, also writer
2012 The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson Himself Episode #8.242
2013 The Nerdist Himself Episode #1.3
2012-2013 The Eric Andre Show Chef Rory Scovel/Himself 2 episodes ; also writer
2013 Funny as Hell Himself Episode #3.1, also writer
2013 All Growz Up with Melinda Hill Himself Episode: "Rory Scovel"
2013 Money From Strangers Himself 3 episodes
2013–2016 @midnight Himself 5 episodes
2013–2015 Ground Floor Harvard 20 episodes
2013 Zach Stone Is Gonna Be Famous Pat 6 episodes
2013 The Pete Holmes Show Himself Episode: "Rory Scovel"
2014–2016 Undateable Kevin 4 episodes
2015 Rory Scovel: The Charleston Special Himself Self-released stand-up special, also writer and producer
2016 Not Safe with Nikki Glaser Himself Episode: "Carpe Do 'Em"
2016–2018 Those Who Can't Principal Geoffrey Quinn 25 episodes
2016 Animals. Ronnie (voice) Episode: "Dogs."
2016 Casual Patrick Episode: "The Magpie"
2016 This Is Not Happening Himself Episode: 3.4 "Blunder", also writer
2016–2017 Wrecked Corey 4 episodes
2017 Love Gator Episode: "The Work Party"
2017 The Great Indoors Ricky Episode: "Ricky Leaks"
2017 Powerless Russell Episode: "Win, Luthor, Draw"
2017 Rory Scovel Tries Stand-Up for the First Time - A Netflix Special Himself Stand-up special, also writer and executive producer
2017 HarmonQuest Unpredictable Witch Episode: "Demon Realm Devilry"
2017 Do You Want To See a Dead Body? Cool Pharmacist Episode: "A Body and a Puddle (with Adam Scott and Terry Crews)"
2018 Another Period Men's Club Member Episode: "Olympics"


  • 2011: Dilation
  • 2013: Rory Scovel Live at Third Man Records
  • 2017: Rory Scovel Tries Stand-Up for the First Time - [Netflix]


  1. ^ Thomasian, Deborah (November 7, 2012). "Get Ready To Fall in Love With Comedian Rory Scovel". Serial Optimist Magazine. Retrieved October 21, 2013.
  2. ^ a b c Armonaitis, Dan (October 30, 2011). "Comic Rory Scovel coming home". Spartanburg Herald-Journal. Retrieved October 15, 2013 – via
  3. ^ a b c Davidson, Phil (August 23, 2012). "Talking to Rory Scovel About Standup, Characters, Alt Rooms vs. Clubs and All Sorts of Other Stuff". SplitSider. Retrieved October 21, 2013.
  4. ^ "2006 Comics: Finals". Seattle International Comedy Competition. Retrieved October 21, 2013.
  5. ^ "Conan Double-Books Comedians Jon Dore & Rory Scovel". Huffington Post. July 1, 2011. Retrieved October 21, 2013.
  6. ^ "Jon Dore Thinks NBA Trumped By Kids Basketball League On 'Conan'". Huffington Post. January 12, 2012. Retrieved October 21, 2013.
  7. ^ Brockett, Chase (October 27, 2011). "Rory Scovel gets Dilated on Debut Album". Retrieved October 15, 2013.
  8. ^ Luippold, Ross (October 29, 2011). "Our Guide To New Comedy Albums of 2011 (With Spotify Playlist!)". Huffington Post. Retrieved October 21, 2013.
  9. ^ Schenker, Andrew (July 24, 2012). "Scovel: Frosh comic keeps it fresh". Variety. Retrieved October 21, 2013.
  10. ^ Miller, Chris (November 8, 2011). "Comedian kills with improv, off-kilter approach". The Red & Black. Retrieved October 15, 2013.
  11. ^ Duguay, Denise (July 19, 2013). "Just for Laughs 2013: So how many grandmothers does Rory Scovel have, anyway?". Montral Gazette. Retrieved October 21, 2013.
  12. ^ Fisher, Eliza (July 20, 2012). "FYF Fest 2012 Comedy Lineup Revealed". Huffington Post. Retrieved October 21, 2013.
  13. ^ Pitchel, Samantha (July 9, 2012). "All Improv, No Sleep: Inside the 14th Annual Del Close Marathon". SplitSider. Retrieved October 21, 2013.
  14. ^ "The Nerdist, Guest, Rory Scovel". BBC America. Archived from the original on December 13, 2013. Retrieved October 21, 2013.
  15. ^ "RORY SCOVEL LIVE AT THIRD MAN RECORDS". Third Man Records. Archived from the original on November 26, 2013. Retrieved October 21, 2013.
  16. ^ Matteson, Cory (July 16, 2013). "Comic Rory Scovel brings Jack White-approved material to Omaha Saturday". Lincoln Journal Star. Retrieved October 15, 2013.
  17. ^ "Rory Scovel". The Mint. Retrieved October 21, 2013.

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