Jack McBrayer's fluorishing career: '30 Rock' & 'Late Night with Conan O'Brien'

By: Ludwig Paige  |   | 

Jack McBrayer is one of the few in the American entertainment industry who didn’t join acting schools before starting to grace the stages and onscreens. Instead, he majored theater administration at University of Evansville, Indiana.

Prior to making his onscreen debut, he landed performances in several theaters including The Second City and IO Theater for years from 1995 till 2000. Currently, he is one of the sought-after names in all platforms predominantly on the small screen. 

McBrayer’s very first television appearance was in an episode of TV series Early Edition in 1999. Following his debut, he suffered a dry spell for almost 3 years before getting to play the career-defining role in TV series Late Night with Conan O’Brien in 2002. It was when his acting career truly began and quickly earned him high exposure.

From 2002 till 2004, he appeared in more than 80 sketches of the Conan's talk show, often ridiculing his own Southern United States upbringing playing stereotypical hillbilly portrayals.  He made a guest appearance on the show as 30 Rock’s Kenneth Parcell in August 2007 and September 2008. He later reprised his role as Kenneth two times in November 2009 and January 2010. Jack and Conan performed together also on 'The Legally Prohibited on Being Funny on Television Tour' stopping by Eugene, Oregon, California, Universal City and finally in Georgia.

The actor went on landing guest stints in various TV productions including Weekends at the D.L (2005), Arrested Development (2005-2006), and The Colbert Report (2006) before earning a role in TV series 30 Rock in 2006. He portrayed the role of Kenneth Parcell and appeared in a total of 138 episodes till 2013. His charming personality and his amazing sense of humor helped him thrive in his role. 

His brilliant performances saw him nominated for Primetime Emmy Award in 2008, 2009 and 2016.  He was nominated for Screen Actors Guild Awards for the category of an Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series several times. Out of long-list of nominations (all for his work in '30 Rock'), he had one winning in 2008. The actor has amassed $6 millions net worth into his account.


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