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A hotwired presence on television and features, Jay Mohr's lengthy career as a stand-up comic translated into acting roles in films like "Jerry Maguire" (1996) and series like "Action" (Fox, 1999-2000) and "Gary Unmarried" (CBS, 2008-10), as well as numerous side ventures into radio, publishing and recording. Born Jon Ferguson Mohr on August 23, 1970 in Verona, New Jersey, he began pursuing a career in stand-up comedy in the late 1980s, and soon became a staple of the club circuit and television showcases for comics. His popularity in that scene translated into acting roles on television and a two-year stint as a cast member on "Saturday Night Live" (NBC, 1975- ), which, as he detailed in his 2004 memoir Gasping for Air: Two Years in the Trenches of Saturday Night Live, proved to a demoralizing and physically debilitating experience. But his brash, motormouthed stage persona eventually translated into an acting career, playing insincere young men with little to no filter in films like "Jerry Maguire" and the short-lived but critically beloved Fox comedy "Action," which cast him as a film producer clawing his way back from a costly failure. In 2003, he created and hosted the reality television series "Last Comic Standing" (NBC, 2003-2010, 2014-16) for three seasons before its abrupt cancellation, but returned to serve as consultant in subsequent iterations. By the end of the 2000s, Mohr had settled into a regular routine of character turns in features and on television, including a lengthy run as a sarcastic professor on "The Ghost Whisperer" (CBS, 2005-2010) and two years as the lead on "Gary Unmarried," about a divorcee navigating single life. He was also a regular presence on radio, both as a guest on programs like "The Jim Rome Show" and his own show, "Jay Mohr Sports," on Fox Sports Radio. He issued a second book about life as a stand-up comic, No Wonder My Parents Drank: Tales from a Stand-Up Dad, in 2010, and released a comedy album, Happy. And a Lot, which earned a Grammy nomination in 2012. That same year, he launched his own podcast network, Fake Mustache Studios, which broadcast his weekly podcast, "Mohr Stories." His comedy album generated a special for Showtime in 2015. Later that year, he appeared in the film "Road Hard" (2015), co-written and directed by his longtime friend Adam Carolla. This was followed by guest shots on the sitcoms "American Housewife" (ABC 2016-) and "The Mick" (Fox 2017-18).
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Hosted MTV series "Lip Service"
Made acting debut as series regular on ABC sitcom "Camp Wilder (ABC)
Worked as regular performer and writer on "Saturday Night Live" (NBC)
Made TV movie acting debut in "The Barefoot Executive" (ABC)
Made feature acting debut in "For Better or Worse"; film received regional release before airing on TNT
Appeared as series regular on "Local Heroes" (Fox)
Landed recurring role as Jeff's brother on ABC sitcom "The Jeff Foxworthy Show"
Co-starred as Tom Cruise's former protégée and rival agent in "Jerry Maguire"
Cast in first screen lead opposite Jennifer Aniston in "Picture Perfect"
Starred on Fox series "Action"
Co-starred with Helen Hunt and Kevin Spacey in "Pay it Forward"
Appeared in comedy "The Adventures of Pluto Nash"
Created and hosted NBC's reality competition series "Last Comic Standing"; also executive produced
Guest starred on three episodes of NBC's "The West Wing" as a conservative talk show host
Cast opposite Julianne Nicholson in "Seeing Other People"
Made publishing debut with <i>Gasping for Airtime: Two Years in the Trenches of Saturday Night Live</i>
Appeared in comedy "Are We There Yet?" starring Ice Cube and Nia Long
Joined cast of "Ghost Whisperer" (CBS) as a professor with an expertise in demonology
Co-starred in Mark Rydell's "Even Money," a series of intertwining stories on how gambling and drugs destroy lives
Hosted weekly video program "The Alternative With Jay Mohr" on FoxSports.com
Co-starred with Keanu Reeves and Forest Whitaker in "Street Kings"
Played Matt Damon's brother in "Hereafter," a film written by Peter Morgan and directed by Clint Eastwood
Published second book <i>No Wonder My Parents Drank: Tales from a Stand-Up Dad</i>
Played Steven Royce on TV series "Suburgatory"
Acted opposite Jim Carrey and Steve Carell (as dueling magicians) in "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone"
Voiced several characters on the animated critical darling "BoJack Horseman"
Had a recurring guest role on "The Mick"
Cast as Mike in the dramedy "All About Nina"