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About John Roy

The son of an ex-Jesuit and a psychotherapist, John Roy was determined not to repeat his parents' career choices. The fortunate recipient of life saving heart surgery, John felt he should return the blessing he received to the world, by telling jokes in boozy nightclubs.

John grew up a Chicago city boy in the bizarre neighborhood of Rogers Park, where he learned to make people of all races and religions tolerate an obnoxious white kid. After perfecting his mastery of the Atari 2600 while enduring eight years of Catholic school, John felt ready for new experiences. His family moved to Evanston, where John's exposure to diversity continued. Evanston High School was the most integrated school in Illinois, and John was fortunate enough to study at the feet of the African American masters of the lunch table insult. He spent his college years at Loyola University. A charming but underachieving frat boy who led three rock bands to failure by the age of 22, John had little prospect for... Read More »
The son of an ex-Jesuit and a psychotherapist, John Roy was determined not to repeat his parents' career choices. The fortunate recipient of life saving heart surgery, John felt he should return the blessing he received to the world, by telling jokes in boozy nightclubs.

John grew up a Chicago city boy in the bizarre neighborhood of Rogers Park, where he learned to make people of all races and religions tolerate an obnoxious white kid. After perfecting his mastery of the Atari 2600 while enduring eight years of Catholic school, John felt ready for new experiences. His family moved to Evanston, where John's exposure to diversity continued. Evanston High School was the most integrated school in Illinois, and John was fortunate enough to study at the feet of the African American masters of the lunch table insult. He spent his college years at Loyola University. A charming but underachieving frat boy who led three rock bands to failure by the age of 22, John had little prospect for gainful employment. Finally, he listened to his inner voice, and began to frequent Chicago's open mic scene. Within weeks, he was entertaining dozens.

John began his professional career at the famous Zanies comedy club on Wells St. in Chicago's Old Town. He went on to tour the country's best clubs, including the Laugh Stop in Houston, and the Laugh Factory in Los Angeles, where John earned a regular spot in 2002. In 2003, he appeared on the CBS television show, "Star Search," and was its first champion, earning 100,000 dollars and a development deal with CBS.

Since then he has appeared in the prestigious 2004 US Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, as a square on "Hollywood Squares," and on HBO. John is a regular at the Comedy and Magic Club in Hermosa Beach and the Improv in Los Angeles. In 2003, John performed at the NACA Central convention and was the most requested act in any category. John is a favorite on the nationally syndicated "Bob and Tom" radio program, available in over 200 markets. In 2005, John will appear in DVD series called "Standing on Sunset", available in stores nationwide, alongside such acclaimed comedians as Butch Bradley, Bob Marley, Tom Papa, and Tony Rock. Filmed at the Hollywood Laugh Factory with unique digital cameras, it will be the highest film quality of any standup performance in history. John will appear on Comedy Central's "Premium Blend" in the 2005-2006 season, and a Fall 2005 episode of CBS' "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson."

From his urban upbringing, John brings a unique point of view to the topics of racial and religious tolerance and American culture.