Alessandro Liborio Madrigal (born July 4, 1971) is an American comedian, writer, actor and producer. He is a co-founder of the All Things Comedy podcast network, alongside Bill Burr. He rose to fame on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart as a regular correspondent for five seasons. Outside of the standup world, he is known for his co-starring roles in the film Night School, Showtime's dark comedy I'm Dying Up Here, NBC's About A Boy, as well as CBS sitcoms Gary Unmarried and Welcome to The Captain. He was a regular sketch performer on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, and has also appeared on Conan and Jimmy Kimmel Live!.
|Birth name||Alessandro Liborio Madrigal|
|Born||July 4, 1971|
San Francisco, California, United States
|Medium||Stand-up, television, film|
|Genres||Observational comedy, satire|
|Subject(s)||American culture, human behavior, family, fatherhood, cultural assimilation|
He appeared in the sports drama The Way Back, starring Ben Affleck and directed by Gavin O’Connor. He will appear in the Sony's Spider-Man Universe film Morbius, starring Jared Leto and directed by Daniel Espinosa.
Madrigal was born in San Francisco, California. He grew up in San Francisco's Inner Sunset District, where his neighbors included future comedians Mike Pritchard and Margaret Cho. He is of Mexican (from Tijuana) and Sicilian descent. He attended Ecole Notre Dame Des Victoires, a private Catholic school in San Francisco that emphasizes instruction of French language and culture. He attended St. Ignatius College Preparatory High School for the class of 1989. He then attended the University of San Francisco.
Madrigal worked for 10 years in a human resources staffing agency run by his family, where one of his main responsibilities was firing people. He often worked humor into the job. He credits his experiences at the staffing company with preparing him for stand-up comedy: "I was in so many scary situations ... by the time I got on stage, I had no stage fright. Speaking in front of a group was nothing." In 1998, he decided to pursue a full-time career in comedy.
Madrigal's stand-up comedy is story-based, centering on his personal life, family, and the confusion caused by his multiethnic background. Early in his comedy career, he was often pigeonholed as a “Latino comic.” Madrigal says he has been criticized as not being Latino enough, such as for not speaking Spanish.
Madrigal began his career in San Francisco's comedy clubs, both as a solo performer and as a member of the sketch group Fresh Robots, which he co-founded. In 2002, he enjoyed his first major exposure in two comedy festivals: SF Sketchfest, as part of Fresh Robots, and the "New Faces" showcase of the Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal.
Madrigal's Comedy Central Presents half-hour special premiered in July 2005. In April 2013, Madrigal's first one-hour special, "Why Is The Rabbit Crying?," also premiered on Comedy Central. The special was named one of the top 10 comedy specials of 2013 by both Westword and The Village Voice and was praised for "deconstructing stereotypes rather than enforcing them" and "milking incongruity between expectations and reality to hilarious effect."
Madrigal taped his latest stand-up special, "Shrimpin' Ain't Easy" in December 2016 in the Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Directed by Neal Brennan, the special premiered on SHOWTIME in 2017.
Madrigal has been a guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. He appeared on The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien on July 8, 2009. He later appeared on Conan's TBS Show, Conan, on May 10, 2011.
In 2003, Madrigal successfully auditioned for a starring role on The Ortegas, a comedy series for the Fox Network. The series, which was based on the BBC comedy The Kumars at No. 42, cast Madrigal as the son of a Mexican American family in California who hosts a TV talk show from a studio he operates in the backyard of his parents' home. However, the network dropped the series from its schedule before broadcasting any of its six filmed episodes.
On March 14, 2013, it was announced that Madrigal would be joining NBC's About A Boy as Andy, the main character's best friend. He received a 2014 Imagen Awards nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his work in the role.
Madrigal was a series regular on the Showtime series I'm Dying Up Here. He played a stand-up comedian named Edgar in the dark comedy about Los Angeles' infamous stand-up comedy scene of the 1970s. The show, which is based on William Knoedelseder's nonfiction book of the same name, is executive produced by Jim Carrey.
The Daily Show with Jon StewartEdit
On May 17, 2011, it was announced that Madrigal would be joining The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. He was often presented as the “Senior Latino Correspondent.”
Madrigal auditioned for the show on the recommendation of stand-up comedian Adam Lowitt, one of the show's producers. Madrigal and Lowitt performed a piece at Carolines on Texas Representative Debbie Riddle, who proposed a bill that would create state punishments for those who “intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly” hired unauthorized immigrants except for domestic workers. Madrigal later did a reading of the piece with Jon Stewart, who hired him on the spot.
All Things ComedyEdit
In 2012, Madrigal and comedian Bill Burr founded All Things Comedy, a comedy podcast network and artist cooperative. Madrigal and Burr started the network as a way to help comedians maintain full ownership of their work. The network hosts over 50 podcasts and garners nearly 5 million listeners per month.
At South by Southwest 2015, Madrigal, Burr, and comedian Doug Benson spoke on the “Owning Your Work: The Future of All Things Comedy” panel, where they “discussed the ins and outs of their operation and how they are working to help comics carve out their own paths in show business and avoid traditional gatekeepers.”
Madrigal and Burr host the “All Things Comedy Live Podcast,” which streams monthly. The podcast has featured comics including Sinbad, Nick Thune, Felipe Esparza, Doug Benson, Pete Holmes, Ian Edwards, and Fred Stoller.
More recently, he signed a deal with CBS Studios.
Half Like MeEdit
On January 22, 2015, Madrigal's one-hour comedic documentary special, Half Like Me, premiered on Fusion. The program follows Madrigal on his quest to get closer to his Mexican roots in preparation for a family reunion in Tijuana, Mexico. During the course of the program Madrigal explores different aspects of Latino culture in the U.S. The A.V. Club called it "solid and thought-provoking" while the Los Angeles Times listed the special as a "Critic's Pick". In an interview with LA Weekly, Madrigal said, "'people are actually reaching out and wanting to teach this in their classrooms.'"
|2013||Why Is The Rabbit Crying?||Himself||Stand-up special|
|2015||Still Punching The Clown||Officer Delgado|
|2015||Half Like Me||Himself||Short film|
|2016||Punching Henry||Officer Delgado|
|2020||The Way Back||Dan|
|2021||The Map of Tiny Perfect Things||Mr. Pepper|
|2022||Morbius||Agent Alberto Rodriguez||Post-production|
|2003||The Ortegas||Luis Ortega||TV series|
|2004||Shorties Watchin' Shorties||Himself||Episode 2.9|
|2008||Welcome to the Captain||Jesus||5 episodes|
|2008||Happy Hour||Ray||Episode: "The Family Affair"|
|2008||Buddy 'n' Andy||'Mucho Gusto'||Short film|
|2009||Los Foley Guys||Ray||TV series|
|2008–2009||Gary Unmarried||Dennis Lopez||20 episodes|
|2009||The Very Funny Show||TV series|
|2007–2010||Wizards of Waverly Place||Spanish Pocket Elf||2 episodes|
|2010||Pretend Time||Manuel||Episode: "Powdered Doughnuts Make Me Go Nuts"|
|2010||Tax Man||Gilooly||TV movie|
|2010||3 Non Juans||Himself||Stand-up|
|2011–2016||The Daily Show||Himself (correspondent)||66 episodes|
|2011–2012||Free Agents||Gregg||8 episodes|
|2014||American Dad!||Mexican Security Guard||Episode: "Big Stan on Campus"|
|2014–2015||About a Boy||Andy||28 episodes|
|2016||Lucifer||Jonathan Medina||1 episode|
|2016||Fresh Off the Boat||Mr. G||1 episode|
|2016||This Is Not Happening||Himself||1 episode|
|2017–2018||I'm Dying Up Here||Edgar 'Manny' Martinez||20 episodes|
|2018||Single Parents||Rick||Episode: "Politician, Freemason, Scientist, Humorist and Diplomat, Ben Franklin"|
|2019||Ball & Tee||Range Ball /Elitist Ball / Gimmick Tree||miniseries|
|2020||Muppets Now||Pizza Delivery Person||Episode: "Getting Testy"|
|2016–present||WHIH Newsfront - With Christine Everhart||Will Adams||5 episodes|
Awards and nominationsEdit
|2004||Stand-up||HBO Aspen Comedy Festival Juror Award||Best Stand-up Comedian||Won|
|2014||"Blowing the Whistle on Whistleblowers" from The Daily Show||Genesis Awards||The Sid Caesar Comedy Award||Won|
|2014||About a Boy||Imagen Awards||Best Supporting Actor||Nominated|
|2015||N/A||Mixed Remix Festival||Storyteller's Prize||Won|
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