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Konstantinos "Dino" Stamatopoulos (born December 14, 1964) is an American writer, producer, and actor. He has worked on TV programs such as Mr. Show, TV Funhouse, Mad TV, The Dana Carvey Show, Late Show with David Letterman, and Late Night with Conan O'Brien. He has also created multiple animated TV shows such as Moral Orel, Mary Shelley's Frankenhole, and High School USA!. As an actor, he is best known for his recurring role as the character Alex "Star-Burns" Osbourne on the NBC comedy series Community, on which he also worked as a producer and consulting writer.
Stamatopoulos in 2014
December 14, 1964
Norridge, Illinois, United States
|Occupation||Writer, producer, actor|
|Genre||Satire, black comedy|
|Notable works||Late Night with Conan O'Brien|
The Ben Stiller Show
The Drinky Crow Show
Mary Shelley's Frankenhole
High School USA!
|Notable awards||Emmy Awards|
Outstanding Writing for a Variety or Music Program
1993 The Ben Stiller Show
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Stamatopoulos was born into a Greek-American family in Norridge, Illinois. He attended Ridgewood High School in Norridge, where he wrote for his school variety show and was astounded that he could get laughs with the material he had written. While attending Columbia College Chicago, he performed a duo act with comedian Andy Dick, in which Stamatopoulos played a ventriloquist and Dick played a dummy under the influence of sleeping pills.
Stamatopoulos had written a spec script for a Simpsons episode out of love for the show, and Andy Dick convinced him to submit it to The Ben Stiller Show, which got him hired. He met and worked with Bob Odenkirk. After Stiller's show was canceled, he moved to New York City, where he wrote during the 1990s for The Dana Carvey Show, Late Night with Conan O'Brien (also with Odenkirk), Late Show with David Letterman, and Mr. Show with Bob and David.
In 2000 Stamatopoulos and Robert Smigel pitched Comedy Central a spin-off of Smigel's TV Funhouse cartoons (which were appearing singly as animated shorts on Saturday Night Live episodes) as a half-hour sketch comedy show. The standalone TV Funhouse show premiered in 2000 but was canceled after one season. He later joined the writing staff on Mad TV.
Stamatopoulos worked as a creative consultant and contributing writer on the first season of Tom Goes to the Mayor, with Tim & Eric and Bob Odenkirk. He also provided the voice of Drinky Crow on The Drinky Crow Show, which aired for one season on Adult Swim. His stop motion animated series Moral Orel premiered on Adult Swim on Christmas 2005 and aired for three seasons, airing its final episode in December 2008; a follow-up special aired in 2012. Following Moral Orel, Stamatopoulos created Mary Shelley's Frankenhole, a stop motion series, for Adult Swim. It ran for two seasons from 2010 to 2012.
Stamatopoulos was a writer and producer on the NBC sitcom Community. He also played the recurring role of Alex "Star-Burns" Osbourne, a character whose nickname derived from his large star-shaped sideburns and his tendency to define himself by them.
Stamatopoulos and friend Andy Dick hosted a weekly podcast, Dino and Andy's Skull Juice, premiering in late 2016 and initially produced by Feral Audio. Due to an on-air incident of hostility in mid-2018, Dick was asked to leave the podcast. Stamatopoulos asked friend and recurring guest Dana Snyder to replace Dick as co-host, and the podcast was renamed Dino & Dana's Safe Space. Additional co-hosts Laetitia "Tish" Burns and Spencer Crittenden were also given billing in the podcast.
Stamatopoulos was married and has one daughter. He is a vocalist and guitarist in a rock band called Sorry About Everything.
|2016||Great Minds with Dan Harmon||Consulting Producer||Comedy series|
|2016||Horace and Pete||Executive producer||Web series|
|2015||Anomalisa||Executive producer||Animated Film|
|2015||W/ Bob & David||Writer
|Sketch Comedy||Chuck, Episode 3|
|2015||The Jack and Triumph Show||Writer
|2014||Harmontown||Executive Producer||Documentary film|
|2013||High School USA!||Creator
|Animated Series||Mr. Merriweather|
|2010–2012||Mary Shelley's Frankenhole||Creator
|TV Sitcom||Alex "Star-Burns" Osbourne|
|2009||Important Things with Demetri Martin||Writer||Sketch Comedy series|
|2006||Lucky Louie||Writer||TV Sitcom|
|Animated series||Various characters|
|2004–2005||Tom Goes to the Mayor||Writer
|2002–2003||Mad TV||Writer||Sketch Comedy series|
|2002||The Master of Disguise||Co-producer||Live Action Comedy Movie|
|Sketch Comedy series||Chickey|
|1996–2006||Saturday Night Live||Writer (TV Funhouse)
|Sketch Comedy series||Michael Jackson|
|1996–1998||Mr. Show with Bob and David||Writer
|Sketch Comedy series||Various characters|
|1996–1997||Late Show with David Letterman||Writer||Late Night Talk Show|
|1996||The Dana Carvey Show||Writer||Sketch Comedy series|
|1993–1999||Late Night with Conan O'Brien||Writer
|Late Night Talk Show||Tomari the Ostrich|
|1992–1993||The Ben Stiller Show||Writer||Sketch Comedy series|
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- "Dino Stamatopoulos". NNDB.com. Soylent Communications. Retrieved January 17, 2016.
- McCarthy, Scott L. (November 2, 2009). "The Comic's Comic interviews Scott Adsit". Thecomicscomic.typepad.com. Retrieved January 8, 2014.
- "It's here, the first "Sorry About Everything Podcast" with Dino Stamatopoulos". Dahl.com. Steve Dahl Network. May 31, 2012. Archived from the original on December 24, 2013. Retrieved December 22, 2013.
- Wright, Megh (2016-08-18). "This Week in Comedy Podcasts: 'Dino and Andy’s Skull Juice' Debuts." Vulture.com. Retrieved 2019-04-11.
- Link to SAFE SPACE Podcast site