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Nick Griffin (comedian)[edit]

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Nick Griffin
JENMEDIA IPHONE IMAGES NICK GRIFFIN SIGNING CD FOR FAN POST SHOW TAMPA FL AUGUST 2015.jpg
Griffin in Tampa, Florida, August 2015
Birth name Peter Nicholas Griffin
Born (1966-12-23) December 23, 1966 (age 51)
Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.
Medium Stand-up, television, film, music, art
Years active 1987–present
Comedy career
Medium Stand-up, television, film, radio
Genres Character comedy, observational comedy, wit, satire, political satire, black comedy, surreal humor, sarcasm, self-deprecation
Website www.nickgriffin.net

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.

Early life[edit]

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.

1980s[edit]

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.

1990s[edit]

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.

2000s[edit]

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.

2010s[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

Year Medium Title/Desc.
2016 Television The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
2016 Television Conan
2015 Television Late Show with David Letterman
2014 Television Late Show with David Letterman
2014 Television Conan
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 Conan
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

Discography[edit]

Year Title
2012 Shot in the Face
2013 Bring Out the Monkey

Screenwriting[edit]

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.

Personal[edit]

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.

Reference list[edit]

Cite checking, verifying sources to finish/compile reference list. JENMEDIA 09:57, 8 April 2017 (UTC)

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  2. * Star Magazine (April 18, 2005 p.79) Actress Rachel Bilson pictured with the Hamptons stripe clutch
  3. * In Style Magazine (July 2005 p. 62) Actress Rachel Bilson pictured with the Hamptons stripe clutch
  4. * New York Times (Sunday August 21, 2005 p. 3 of style section) Jessica tote featured
  5. * Genlux magazine (Fall 2005 p. 12) Reece satchel featured
  6. * Celebrity Living magazine (November 21, 2005) Jessica tote featured
  7. * People Magazine (July 3, 2006 p. 95) Rachel Bilson pictured with the Edie bag
  8. * Teen Vogue (September 2006) Actress Sienna Miller pictured with the Edie bag
  9. * In Touch (October 23, 2006 p. 39) Actress Rachel Bilson pictured with the Hamptons stripe clutch
  10. * In Touch magazine (February 5, 2007 p. 68) Edie bag featured
  11. * OK magazine (June 11, 2007 p. 13) Vanessa Minnillo pictured with the Edie bag
  12. * OK Magazine (July 4, 2007 p. 10) Vanessa Minnillo pictured with the Edie bag
  13. * Public French magazine (September 2007 p. 46 & cover) Actress Hayden Panettiere pictured with the Edie bag
  14. * Life & Style (Sept 10, 2007 p. 11) Actress Hayden Panettiere pictured with the Edie bag
  15. * Lucky Magazine (October 2007) Edie bag featured
  16. * US Weekly magazine (September 29, 2008 p.91) Kane fringe tote bag featured
  17. * Gotham Magazine (April 2009) Edie bag featured