Victor Varnado

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Victor Varnado
Dream Job Victor Varnado.jpg
Varnado on the set of Dream Job
Born (1969-05-15) May 15, 1969 (age 50)
OccupationActor, stand up comedian

Victor Varnado (born May 15, 1969 in Gary, Indiana) is an American stand up comedian and actor. He is African American and albinistic. He was born legally blind due to his Albinism. He grew up in Huntsville, Alabama and later moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota.[1]


In Minneapolis, Varnado worked with the local improvisation troupes ComedySportz, The Bad Mamma Jammas and several regional theater companies, before landing his first role in the Big River Productions film Full Moon Rising, playing a copy clerk.

Soon after, his role in Giraffe Films' Kids Adventures in Oz spurred him on move to New York to pursue an acting career. His first "big break" came when he landed a role in Elton John's music video "Recover Your Soul".

Shortly after, he starred in Harmony Korine's Julien Donkey-Boy with Ewen Bremner, Werner Herzog and Chloë Sevigny. He was subsequently cast in Universal's feature film End of Days (1999), starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. He co-starred in Eddie Murphy's space-age comic thriller, The Adventures of Pluto Nash (2002).

Winner of the Most Valuable Performer award in the 2001 Montreal Just For Laughs Improv Championship, and bronze medalist in the 2002 Comedy Central Laugh Riots National Stand-Up Competition, Varnado can currently be seen as Otis, an outrageous urban comic, in the independent film Hacks. Showing in the New York International Film Festival playing in Los Angeles, Hacks was an official selection for The Milan Film Festival.

Varnado is working on a superhero film with famous comic book legend Stan Lee.[2] He has performed character voices for a new video game for Sony PlayStation 3 called Rat Race.[3]

Varnado is a member of Chicago City Limits, New York¹s longest running comedy improv theater company for which he writes and direct as well as performing regularly as a stand up comedian. He has also been a guest on the popular podcast Keith and The Girl.


Year Title Role Other notes
1996 Full Moon Rising Ollie
1999 Julien Donkey-Boy Rapper
End of Days Albino
2000 The Intern Messenger
2002 Hacks Otis
The Adventures of Pluto Nash Kelp
2003 A Guy Thing Hansberry
2007 Twisted Fortune Lil Toot
Fat Guy Stuck in Internet (TV) Kazaa-a-a-a
Permanent Vacation Stutter Boy
2009 War Against the Weak Himself
The Mercy Man Stokes
Contact High [4] Blind Man Austrian comedy
2011 Dream Job Tito


  1. ^ Village Voice
  2. ^ Jacobs, Justin. "Victor Varnado is not just another black-albino comic", Pittsburgh City Paper, 13 March 2008.
  3. ^ 'Rat Race' Writer Explains PS3's First Sitcom Video Game, MTV News
  4. ^ Glawogger, Michael. "Contact High", Austria, 17 April 2009

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