Alonzo Bodden (/əˈlɒnz ˈbdən/; born June 13, 1962) is an American comedian and actor known for winning the grand prize in the third season of the reality-television series Last Comic Standing. He had been the runner-up in the previous season.

Alonzo Bodden
Born (1962-06-13) June 13, 1962 (age 61)
Occupation(s)Comedian, actor, television host, voice-over actor

In 2007, he released his DVD Tall, Dark and Funny. He was a talent judge in NBC's 5th season of Last Comic Standing, along with Kathleen Madigan and ANT. He is also a television host and voice-over actor, and is a regular panelist on the radio quiz program Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!.

Early life edit

Bodden was born and raised in the St. Albans, area of Queens, New York City.[1] His mother was African American; his father was black Honduran.[citation needed]

Before his work in show business, Bodden went to Aviation High School in Long Island City, New York. He went on to work for Lockheed Martin and McDonnell Douglas in Long Beach in the training department in the early ’90s.[2]

Television edit

He hosted[3] the Speed TV program 101 Cars You Must Drive. He is also a host for America's Worst Driver. He also guest starred on Angel.

He has performed on numerous television shows, including The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Make Me Laugh, Late Friday, The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn, Comedy Central Presents, and It's Showtime at the Apollo. He is also a voice actor who has worked on Power Rangers: Lightspeed Rescue, Masked Rider, and O'Grady.

He is a co-host of Inside the Vault on WGN America.

In 2011, he was a panelist on a BBC America year-end television debut special of Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! He is also a recurring panelist currently on the Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! weekly NPR show and podcast.[4][5]

During 2014, he was a comedic panelist on Game Show Network's original series Mind of a Man.

In 2019, he released his special Heavy Lightweight on Amazon Prime Video.

Filmography edit


Movies edit

Television edit

Voice-over edit

DVD release edit

  • Tall, Dark and Funny (2007)

Radio edit

Bodden frequently appears as a panelist on NPR's news quiz show Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!.[7] He has also been a guest on The Joe Rogan Experience and on The Adam Carolla Show.

Family Feud Live edit

In 2019, Bodden was tapped to host Family Feud Live, a live traveling version of the game show Family Feud, which also featured celebrity "team captains" Brian Baumgartner, Cathy Rigby and "Grocery Store Joe" Amabile.[8][9]

Personal life edit

Bodden is a car and motorcycle enthusiast. In addition to an e92 BMW M3 and JCW Mini Cooper, Bodden owns many motorcycles, including a Triumph Rocket III, a Triumph Speed Triple, a Ducati 1098, a BMW HP2, and a Ducati Multistrada, and formerly owned a Honda CB400F.[3][10] In 2010, Bodden highsided his Ducati 1098 while racing at Buttonwillow Raceway Park. The crash shattered his scaphoid, requiring surgeries and a bone graft to fix.[11] In 2011, he had customizer Nick Anglada rebuild the bike in a bare aluminum and anodized gold palette.[10]

On March 26, 2013, Bodden donated a kidney to his brother, who is three years older.[12]

References edit

  1. ^ Keepnews, Peter. "His Big Break Canceled, Comic Adapts", The New York Times, March 31, 2005. Accessed June 12, 2023. "Mr. Bodden, 42, who begins a four-night headlining engagement at Carolines on Broadway tonight, is a former jet mechanic from St. Albans, Queens."
  2. ^ Michael, Shayne. "The Alonzo Bodden Biography @ Shayne-Michael.COMedy". Archived from the original on November 7, 2017. Retrieved November 4, 2017.
  3. ^ a b The Adam Carolla Podcast, 3/11/2009
  4. ^ "Wait Wait Don't Tell Me". BBC America. Archived from the original on August 10, 2012. Retrieved November 27, 2012.
  5. ^ Wicks, Kevin (November 30, 2011). "UPDATED: Neil Gaiman, Nick Hancock to Join BBC America's 'Wait, Wait…Don't Tell Me!' Special". BBC America. Retrieved June 6, 2020.
  6. ^ "Alonzo Bodden". IMDb. Retrieved November 4, 2017.
  7. ^ "About The Panelists".
  8. ^ Krynak, Amy (April 16, 2019). "Family Feud Live: Celebrity Edition hits the road!". Family Feud. Retrieved June 6, 2020.
  9. ^ Staton, John (June 4, 2019). "Comedian Alonzo Bodden to lead traveling version of "Family Feud" in Virginia Beach". The Virginian-Pilot. Retrieved June 6, 2020.
  10. ^ a b Smith, Sean (27 May 2011). "Custom: Alonzo Bodden's 1098". Hell for Leather. Archived from the original on 30 May 2011. Retrieved 28 May 2011.
  11. ^ "Alonzo Bodden". The Adam Carolla Show. July 27, 2010. Archived from the original on August 30, 2010. Retrieved June 6, 2020.
  12. ^ "Laughing Your Way to Living Donation". Renal Support Network. December 16, 2014. Retrieved November 4, 2017.

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