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September 5, 1949|
Charlestown, Massachusetts, U.S.
|Medium||Stand-up, Television, Film|
|Years active||Early 70s - 1999|
|Genres||Observational comedy, Satire|
|Notable works and roles||Park Street Under|
Steve Sweeney (born September 5, 1949) is an American comedian.
Sweeney was born in Charlestown, a section of Boston. His Boston accent and idiosyncratic mannerisms are trademarks of his stand-up act, headlining at comedy clubs across the country, including Caroline's Comedy Club in New York City.
During the early 1970s, a small group of Boston 'would-be' comedians regularly performed at a comedy club started by Martin Olson and Barry Crimmins in a back room of Ding-Ho, a Chinese Restaurant near Inman Square in Cambridge, MA. This group included such unknowns as Lenny Clarke, Kevin Meaney, Jay Leno, Bobcat Goldthwait, Bill Sohonage, and Steven Wright.[clarification needed] Steve Sweeney became known for his use of dialects and insight into the New England political scene in his act.
Steve was the first of the Boston super-stars to break into television,[clarification needed] on Park Street Under, a Boston-based sitcom who many believe was the inspiration for the highly successful television show Cheers. He has appeared on shows such as the Late Show with David Letterman, Evening at The Improv, Comics Come Home and others.[clarification needed] Some will recognize Steve from one of many small parts in films such as Rodney Dangerfield's Back to School, Judd Apatow's Celtic Pride, and There's Something About Mary with Ben Stiller.
For a short time Steve was on the morning show on 100.7 FM WZLX, first with "Mornings with Tai and Steve Sweeney", followed by "Steve Sweeney's Neighborhood" after Tai left the station.
Currently, along with doing stand-up, he is also a guest judge on the local talent show "Community Auditions".
On March 29, 2013, Steve Sweeney appeared on Scorch PFG TV.
Steve performed a 5-minute act opening for J. Geils Band at the Boston One Fund concert.
Steve Sweeney currently co-hosts a radio show on 95.9 WATD-FM on Tuesday nights from 6:15-8:00 pm ET.
Television and film career
- The 8th Annual Young Comedians Show (1983) TV
- New Wave Comedy (1986)
- Back to School (1986)
- Billy Galvin (1986)
- Comics Come Home (1995)
- Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist (1995–1999) TV
- Celtic Pride (1996)
- Comics Come Home 2 (1996)
- Behind the Zipper with Magda (1998)
- Next Stop Wonderland (1998)
- Southie (1998)
- There's Something About Mary (1998)
- Vig (1998)
- Baywatch (1999) TV
- Me, Myself & Irene (2000)
- Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn (2002) TV
- Phantom Gourmet Credit Card Roulette (2008) TV