Jeff Richards joined the cast of Saturday Night Live as a Featured Player in September 2001. Jeff comes to SNL after touring the country doing stand-up comedy and impressions.
Growing up in Walnut Creek, California a suburb of San Francisco, Jeff excelled in both football and baseball. When a knee injury forced him off the field in his senior year of high school, he focused on public access television. His show "Hanson Live" put Jeff in front of and behind the camera for the first time. After graduating high school, Jeff hosted a morning show radio and created a sketch comedy show that also appeared on public access TV in the bay area. In 1996 he began attending the University of North Carolina, at Chapel Hill. There he joined the Chapel Hill Improv Players (CHIPS) where he performed live comedy for the first time. Friends, family and teachers encouraged Jeff to unitize his gifts of impersonation as a stand up comedian. Jeff soon began hosting shows at Charlie Goodnights in Raleigh, North Carolina.
In late 1997, Jeff moved to Los Angeles to pursue comedy as a career. He soon became a regular at the world famous Comedy Store and appeared in several local and nationwide commercials. He began touring comedy clubs across the country. In 2000 Jeff briefly joined the cast of Fox¹s MAD TV, appearing most memorably as David Letterman. In 2001, Jeff performed on CBS Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn and NBC¹s Late Friday. His performance on Late Friday caught the attention of Saturday Night Live who invited him to audition and then to become a feature player for the 27th season of the show.
Jeff¹s high-energy stand-up is a mix of his-growing arsenal of impressions (including Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka, Louie Anderson, Kevin Spacey, Gary Shandling, Charlie Rose, Don Imus, Dustin Hoffman, and Ozzy Osborne) and outrageous original characters (including the "knife guy", the "drunk girlfriend," her "jealous boyfriend" and the "jock/meathead" from every 80¹s teen movie).
Comedienne and comedy writer Lesley Wolff teaches the Fresh Faces workshop - a 5 week workshop taking you from never doing stand up to a 5 minute set at The Hollywood Improv. The class is all about finding your individual point of view and getting personal. It's a fun and energized class that takes the mystique out of the daunting process of creating a set and leaves you with a slight addiction to getting up on stage. If you think you want to try stand up but never knew where to begin this is the class for you. Workshops are ongoing. To sign up for the next workshop email Lesley Wolff at Lesleywolff@gmail.com. Remember..."If anyone else can do your set...it's not your set. "
Jay began his stand up comedy career in Boston as the host of “The Tribe Presents,” a weekly show twice named The Best Comedy Show in Boston by The Boston Phoenix. Beloved for his unabashed physical comedy and off-the-cuff audience interplay, Jay has become a regular at The Hollywood Improv and Comedy Juice shows in Los Angeles and regularly performs at The World Famous Comedy Store, The Laugh Factory, and The Icehouse. He has been seen on “The Rebels of Comedy” pay-per-view special, The Comedy Time Network, and “Comedy All-Stars” with Tommy Davidson. Recently Jay performed in the 2010 San Francisco Comedy Competition, taking home a top 5 ranking in three rounds. His original sketches are all over Funny or Die and his face can be found urging you towards consumerism in numerous national commercial campaigns.
Jay is showcasing in the 2010 Atomic Comedy Festival and appears in the upcoming independent feature “Kissing Strangers.” His one-hour comedy album entitled, “The Sound That Jokes Make” can be purchased on iTunes and Amazon.com.
Jay Montpare - special guest