John Roy
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John Roy

Chicago, Illinois, United States

Chicago, Illinois, United States
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Chicago comic John Roy is a unique and positive voice on modern urban life.

A city dweller all his life, John grew up in Chicago’s ethnically diverse Rogers Park neighborhood, the son of an ex Jesuit who worked for Chicago’s urban Loyola University, and a psychotherapist. Growing up white and Catholic in a neighborhood full of African Americans, Orthodox Jews, Nigerians, Mexicans, Indians, Pakistanis, and every other ethnic and religious group under the sun gave John a unique perspective on getting along in a crowded world. Chicago’s rich cultural heritage, economic differences, and fast paced lifestyle helped create a comedy style that examined how we get along with each other, and how we get by.

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.

A move to Los Angeles traded one city for another, and John began to soak in the new cultures, lifestyles, and history of his new home and examine them in his comedy.

In 2003, John performed at the NACA Central convention and was the most requested act in any category. In 2004, John appeared in the prestigious US Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, as a square on "Hollywood Squares," and on HBO. .John has appeared several times on the nationally syndicated "Bob and Tom" radio program, available in over 200 markets. In 2005, John appeared in DVD series called "Live at the Laugh Factory", available in stores nationwide, alongside such acclaimed comedians as Butch Bradley, Bob Marley, Tom Papa, and Tony Rock. John is a regular performer at the Comedy and Magic Club in Hermosa Beach, and the Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theatre in Los Angeles and the Hollywood Improv.

John appeared on Comedy Central's "Premium Blend" in the 2005-2006 season, and a November 2005 episode of CBS’ "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson." In 2006, John contributed an essay to that was collected in their nationally released book. Also in 2006, John appeared in several episodes of NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” where he advanced to the semifinals of the reality show/ competition.

John’s TV appearances, touring schedule, and his column, “Unmiked,” can be seen on his website,