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Nick Griffin (comedian)
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Griffin in Tampa, Florida, August 2015
|Birth name||Peter Nicholas Griffin|
December 23, 1966|
Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.
|Medium||Stand-up, television, film, music, art|
|Medium||Stand-up, television, film, radio|
|Genres||Character comedy, observational comedy, wit, satire, political satire, black comedy, surreal humor, sarcasm, self-deprecation|
Nick Griffin (born Peter Nicholas Griffin on December 23, 1966) is an American stand-up comedian and writer. Griffin began his career in stand-up comedy during the late 1980s and has performed extensively over the years, receiving international acclaim.
Born in Kansas City, Missouri, Griffin is one of seven children. His father, a stock broker, and mother, a homemaker, raised the family in Overland Park, Kansas. Griffin attended Rockhurst High School, having an interest in boxing. It was during these years he fought as an amateur boxer in two Golden Gloves bouts, both resulting in losses. After graduation, class of 1985, Griffin attended William Jewell College where he studied communications and theatre. He played college football as defensive back for the Jewell Cardinals during this three-year tenure before pursuing a career in comedy wholeheartedly.
In 1987 Griffin began performing stand-up locally which soon led to more shows outside his hometown. The young comic would spend the next three years performing in comedy clubs located all throughout the midwest.
Griffin moved to New York City in 1990, practicing stand-up at comedy clubs in various neighborhoods and districts including midnight shows at Greenwich Village. In 1994 he moved to Los Angeles where he'd continue to practice at area clubs, steadily gaining experience and honing his stand-up craft even more while also writing comedy for other outlets such as television and radio, i.e. The Keenan Ivory Wayans, Bobby Slayton and Sue Murphy shows respectively. A few years later, in 1998, Griffin booked his first major television debut performance on the Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn. That same year he performed at The Comedy Festival also known as the U.S. Comedy and Arts Festival, a (former, now inactive) event sponsored by HBO and held annually in Aspen.
By 2000 Griffin, now a familiar face in comedy, was headlining shows and traveling to perform in more cities beyond while also appearing regularly on Comedy Central's televised Premium Blend. In 2005 he relocated to New York City, booking more work on a higher echelon including televised performances on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and the Late Show with David Letterman among others. Gaining popularity and more exposure, Griffin, now deemed seasoned and respected by many in the industry, was performing at some of the most prestigious festivals worldwide including Just for Laughs in Montreal and Cat Laughs in Kilkenny, Ireland. Soon hereafter, in 2008, Griffin found himself sharing the stage with a renowned veteran in comedy whom he greatly admired, opening twice for George Carlin at the Comedy & Magic Club in Hermosa Beach, California. Later the same year Griffin was featured in his own Comedy Central Presents half-hour special.
In addition to headlining live comedy shows through out the U. S. and internationally, Griffin performs a great deal of stand-up as a special guest on television, notably and most often appearing in higher rated late night comedy, talk, and variety show programming. During the spring and summer of 2015 Griffin performed on both Conan and the Late Show with David Letterman, the later of which he has appeared a total of twelve times. In July of 2015 the comic headlined an event in Hong Kong, marking his first live stand-up performance in China.
Theme, style, and influence
Griffin's overall style has been described as sardonic, encompassing humor and cynicism about life issues, touching on topics like relationships, sex, depression, aging, money, technology, diminishing attention spans, et al. Reviews and other industry relevant publications compare Griffin's style and material to that of Richard Lewis, Woody Allen, Kurt Vonnegut, and George Carlin. During interviews Griffin has acknowledged observing, studying, and having high regard for the said comedians of influence including Carlin whom he had the (aforementioned) opportunity to work with.
Notable performances and career points
|2016||Television||The Late Show with Stephen Colbert|
|2015||Television||Late Show with David Letterman|
|2014||Television||Late Show with David Letterman|
|2014||Television||Gotham Comedy Live (1 of 2 within same year)|
|2014||Television||Gotham Comedy Live (2 of 2 within same year)|
|2013||Television||Late Show with David Letterman|
|2012||Television||Late Show with David Letterman|
|2012||Television||Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson|
|2011||Television||Late Show with David Letterman|
|2011||Television||Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson|
|2010||Television||Late Show with David Letterman|
|2009||Television||Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (1 of 2 within same year)|
|2009||Television||Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (2 of 2 within same year)|
|2009||Television||Late Show with David Letterman|
|2009||Television||Man Up, Stand-Up|
|2008||Television||Comedy Central Presents|
|2008||Television||Late Show with David Letterman|
|2007||Television||Late Show with David Letterman|
|2007||Video||Bob & Tom Comedy All-Stars Tour|
|2006||Television||Late Show with David Letterman|
|2005||Television||Late Show with David Letterman (1 of 2 within same year)|
|2005||Television||Late Show with David Letterman (2 of 2 within same year)|
|2006||Television||Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson|
|1998||Television Debut||Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn|
|2012||Shot in the Face|
|2013||Bring Out the Monkey|
Writing pilot project affiliated with Letterman, currently verifying year/cite ref ... in addition to comedy and television writing Griffin is also a screenwriter, specifically that of the horror film genre. During multiple interviews and other press coverage the comic stated to having been a longtime fan and avid reader of horror film and literature.
In both interviews and his performances Griffin openly discusses a prior marriage which ended in divorce during his early thirties, thus fueling some of the comic's material on relationships.
Griffin has an older brother, Tim Griffin, who writes for television.
Nick Griffin is based in New York City.
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