Pittsburgh native Anthony Jeselnik has been making people laugh for over a decade through various genres of comedy like observational, cringe, insult & black and mostly focusing on the subjects like everyday life, religion, death, philosophy, and family. Comedy Central has provided him better platforms.
Quick Facts About Anthony Jeselnik
|Birth Name||Anthony Jeselnik|
|Birthday||December 22, 1978|
|Age||38 Years Old|
|Place of Birth||Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States|
|Net Worth (USD)||$ 1,000,000 - One Million US Dollars|
|Girlfriend||Amy Schumer (2009-11)|
|Best Known For||The Jeselnik Offensive|
|High School||Upper St. Clair High School|
|Working For||Comedy Central|
Anthony grew up cracking jokes among his friends and in school & university but he was in his early twenties when he tried stand-up for the first time. During that time, he was signed to the Borders Group but was later fired when he failed to caught audience' s attention. That moment disappointed his crave for making jokes since he was a little boy.
Seeking for a job, he went on to work as an accounting clerk for Western TV series Deadwood. While there, he would perform at open-mic nights, which caught the attention of Mitch Hedberg, Dennis Miller, Sarah Silverman and Steven Wright. That awakened his interest in stand-up comedy once again as his bizarre jokes with a dark twist earned him a round of applause.
His professional performing career began in 2009 when he joined Comedy Central Network and premiered a half-hour standup special Comedy Central Presents. At that time, he was named one of the network’s breakout comedians alongside Aziz Ansari, Donald Grover, Whitney Cummings, T. J. Miller, Matt Braunger and Nick Kroll among others.
Not to be missed the year 2009 proved to be fruitful for him as he earned his dream job, to throw the jokes sitting around the table when he was hired as a writer of the late night talk show Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. During that period, he was a regular at Greenwich Village-based Comedy Cellar. He left the show in 2009 and began writing for Comedy Central Roasts.
While he was writing for David Hasselhoff roast, he was offered an opportunity to perform in the next roast by Comedy Central’s executives. Jeselnik, who had always been playing the role behind the scene, gained high exposure after performing on the Donald Trump roast. Still, he cites performing on the Trump roast as ‘the best moment’ of his life. As his brand of comedy gathered a huge crowd, he was offered to perform on two more roasts including Roasts of Charlie Sheen in 2011 & Roseanne Barr in 2012.
In 2013, he hosted his own Comedy Central series called The Jeselnik Offensive. There, he could crack jokes that he couldn’t do while working for Jimmy Fallon show. Performing cancer-related standup special on the first episode, he made a way easier for himself. The half-hour special ran for two seasons from February 19 to August 27 airing total 18 episodes.
In 2015, the Rosenthal & Jeselnik Vanity Project, the podcast was debuted that was hosted by Jeselnik and Gregg Rosenthal, fellow Tulane graduate. Also a singer, he released his debut studio album entitled Shakespeare in 2010 and second live album Caligula came in 2013. Both the albums were released via Comedy Central Records. He is also known for hosting numerous television specials. He 2015, he hosted his 2nd stand-up special Thoughts and Prayers on Netflix. He also hosted NBC's Last Comic Standing season 9.
It took years for Anthony Jeselnik to appear on the scene and introduce his comedic style to the audiences. Now, he is known to millions and has gathered huge fans following in social media. Adopting dark comedy style and mostly focusing ironic misdirection, sarcasm and biting insults has also earned him criticism. However, he has left no stone unturned in making people laugh. Currently, he owns the net worth of $1 million.