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Denzil Gail Laughton
File:Gail Laughton photo provided by John Bruner
Gail Laughton photo provided by John Bruner
Birth name Denzil Gail Laughton
Born (1921-06-21) June 21, 1921 (age 96)
Sand Springs, Oklahoma
Died September 9, 1985(1985-09-09) (aged 64)
Medium Jazz Harpist, MGM, Film, Looney Tunes
Nationality American
Years active 1924–1983
Genres Jazz, Harpist, violinist
Subject(s) American culture
Notable works and roles The Weekly Week
(producer, 1997–1999)
Eugene in Flight of the Conchords
Yvgeny Mirminsky on Delocated
Gene Belcher on Bob's Burgers
Mirman in July 2010.

Eugene Boris Mirman[1][2] (born July 24, 1974) is a Russian-born American comedian and writer. Mirman also played Yvgeny Mirminsky on Delocated, and voices Gene Belcher on the animated comedy Bob's Burgers.

Early life[edit]

Denzil Gail Laughton was born in Sand Springs Oklahoma to Charles Thomas Laughton and Edna G. Garst

The Laughton family consisted of Denzil (who went by his middle name Gail) Charles Eldred, Robert Carlyle and Charlotte G. Laughton in addition to their parents who were both music teachers specializing in stringed instruments. Gail's father Charles Thomas Laughton built harps and stringed instruments and later taught at Oklahoma Panhandle A&M.


Early Symphony[edit]

At 3 years of age Gail played violin along with his entire family. Notably the family performed for Henry Ford at Mr. Ford,s home. At 15 years of age, Gail was barely eligible to enter the Oklahoma City Federal Symphony Orchestra (Later changed to the Oklahoma City Philharmonic) Mirman has appeared at the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Colorado, the Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal, Bumbershoot, and South by Southwest. He co-produced the weekly standup-variety show Invite Them Up with Bobby Tisdale and Holly Schlesinger, which won a Nightlife Award. He currently produces Pretty Good Friends (formerly Tearing the Veil of Maya) at Union Hall in Park Slope, Brooklyn with Julie Smith, which has been voted the best comedy night in New York City by him.

Mirman, much like David Cross and Patton Oswalt, is known to often perform in rock clubs and theaters as opposed to traditional comedy clubs. Often touring the United States, Mirman occasionally opens for the comedy troupe Stella (former members of The State). He has opened for various bands such as The Shins and toured with Modest Mouse, Yo La Tengo, Gogol Bordello, Andrew Bird, and Cake. Mirman also toured with Patton Oswalt, Brian Posehn and Maria Bamford on the Comedians of Comedy tour.

He has toured as an opener for Flight of the Conchords and with Andy Kindler and Marc Maron in Stand Uppity. He plays the character Eugene in the Flight of the Conchords HBO television series.

In January 2010, Mirman performed standup on the John Oliver's New York Stand Up Show on Comedy Central.[3]

Mirman's Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival has been running since 2008.[4]

Television career[edit]

Mirman has appeared on several TV shows, including Late Night with Conan O'Brien, HBO's Flight of the Conchords, Comedy Central Presents, Delocated,[5] Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Comedy Central's Premium Blend, VH1, Third Watch, Cartoon Network's Home Movies, Cheap Seats, Lucy, the Daughter of the Devil and more. He also played a spokes-potato on Food Network.

In late 2010, Mirman performed on the Comedy Central show The Benson Interruption.

On February 21, 2011, Mirman appeared on The Colbert Report as a fertility clown, based on a true nickname given from his parents.

On April 4, 2013, Mirman provided the voice for Cecil Tunt, multi-millionaire brother of Cheryl Tunt on FX's Archer.

Mirman currently voices the character Gene Belcher on the Fox animated series Bob's Burgers.[6]


He often appears on StarTalk Radio, hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson.[7]

Mirman guest starred as an "Expert witness" on humorist John Hodgman's podcast Judge John Hodgman.[8]


In January 2009, Mirman released a satirical self-help book entitled The Will to Whatevs.[9]

Absurdist humor[edit]

In addition to his standup work, Mirman has also produced a number of absurdist videos including a video mimicking 1990s-era anti-marijuana advertisements [10] and for his "Sexpert" video in which he gives advice about women.[11]


  • The Absurd Nightclub Comedy of Eugene Mirman (2004)
  • Invite Them Up (2005)
  • Reaching Your Inner Goddess (2006)
  • En Garde, Society! (2006)
  • Comedians of Comedy 3" Tour CD (2006)
  • God Is a Twelve-Year-Old Boy with Asperger's (2009)
  • An Evening of Comedy In a Fake Underground Laboratory (2012)
  • Cock Guzzling Whores 3 (1999)
  • Bare Bottom Babes 12 (1993)
  • MTV's True Life: I'm Addicted to Cum (2009)


  • The Will to Whatevs (2009)


  1. ^ Russian: Евгений Борис Мирман, Yevgeniĭ Boris Mirman; born July 24, 1974.
  2. ^ Jackson, Todd (2009). Eugene Mirman. Retrieved on 2009-05-13 from
  3. ^ Photo courtesy of Comedy Central, Lead photo by Gavin Bond (2009-11-30). "John Oliver's TV Show to Feature Eugene Mirman, Paul F. Tompkins, Janeane Garofalo, Many More". Retrieved 2013-05-01. 
  4. ^ "The Erudite Absurdist: Eugene Mirman - Page". Interview Magazine. Retrieved 2012-04-02. 
  5. ^ "Jon Glaser on Adult Swim, a NYC Human Giant show, Clipse". 2008-03-24. Retrieved 2013-05-01. 
  6. ^ "Bob's Burgers". Fox 
  7. ^ "StarTalk Radio Show by Neil deGrasse Tyson | first and only popular commercial radio program devoted to all things space". Retrieved 2012-04-02. 
  8. ^ MaxFun Intern (14 November 2013). "Judge John Hodgman Episode 134: The Right to Remain Silent". Maximum Fun. Retrieved 2013-12-02. 
  9. ^ Mirman, Eugene (2010-03-24). "Harper Collins Website". Retrieved 2013-05-01. 
  10. ^ "Pot is Bad". Retrieved 2013-05-01. 
  11. ^ "Sexpert"[dead link]

External links[edit]

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