Glenn Rockowitz

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Glenn Rockowitz (born May 27, 1970 in Plainview, New York), is an American writer, filmmaker, comedian and voice actor. He lives in Seattle, Washington.

Glenn Rockowitz
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Born (1970-05-27) May 27, 1970 (age 52)
Alma materUniversity of Arizona
  • Comedian
  • writer
  • actor
Notable workRodeo in Joliet (book) and Hacks (film)
TelevisionSaturday Night Live (writer)

Education and early careerEdit

Rockowitz spent the first eight years of his life in New York City. He left NYC to move to Phoenix, Arizona, where he graduated from Arcadia High School in 1988. During high school he served as class president. He then attended The University of Arizona, in Tucson, and then performed with the Second City in Chicago. After Second City, Rockowitz worked as a stand-up comedian based in Boston and New York, traveling across the US.[1][2] In 1994 he became a writer for NBC's Saturday Night Live.[3]

The Best Medicine GroupEdit

In 1995, he founded a nonprofit AIDS and cancer charity in NYC, known as The Best Medicine Group—an organization that brought live comedy shows into the homes of terminally-ill patients throughout the metropolitan New York area.[4] In 2000, NY1 named Rockowitz the New Yorker of the Week for his efforts, five years after the organization was founded.[5]


Rockowitz wrote and directed the cult independent film Hacks in 2002. The film garnered many festival awards including Best Comedy at The New York Film Festival, Best Picture at the Chicago Digital Film Festival, and Best Picture at the Orinda Film Festival outside of San Francisco. The film is a "tale, told mockumentary-style, of a handful of stand-up comedians plying their craft for a talent-poor talent agency ... [the film] points out the grim realities of the stand-up world when you're not quite ready for primetime, daytime or even remedial playtime".[6] Comedians featured in the film include Jim Gaffigan, Michael Rispoli, and Victor Varnado.[7]


Rodeo in Joliet, a memoir of his battle with a very aggressive late-stage cancer, was released nationally on April 11, 2009. By early 2010, the book became a national bestseller and was subsequently optioned by director Matt Aselton to become a major motion picture, written by Ryan Knighton for release in 2021.[8][9] The story follows his diagnosis in 1998, when he was given three months to live at the age of 28, and the experimental treatment that led to his recovery.[1][4]

Cotton Teeth, his newest book and companion memoir to Rodeo in Joliet was released on December 14, 2021 and was named to the Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2021.[10]


Rockowitz has been the brand voice for Xbox since 2007, T-Mobile (for which he also wrote the ad copy)[11] and Alaska Airlines.[12] In addition he has been the voice actor on commercials for WeatherTech, Expedia, BlackBerry, Quiznos, Scion, PetSmart, and the Seattle Seahawks.[13][14]


  1. ^ a b Mark D. Fefer (April 13, 2010). "The Man Who Manufactures Cancer Four-time (and counting) survivor Glenn Rockowitz writes a full-hearted, wise-assy memoir". Seattle Weekly. Retrieved October 29, 2014.
  2. ^ "Glenn Rockowitz profile". Retrieved October 29, 2014.
  3. ^ "Glenn Rockowitz profile". IMDB. Retrieved October 29, 2014.
  4. ^ a b Jennifer Morris (May 18, 2010). "Seattle author finds the horror and the humor in a cancer diagnosis". North Kitsap Herald. Retrieved October 29, 2014.
  5. ^ "Glenn Rockowitz - Healing With Comedy". NY1 News. June 19, 2000. Archived from the original on October 30, 2014. Retrieved October 29, 2014.
  6. ^ Bell, Mark (August 4, 2005). "A tribute to "hacks" everywhere: an interview with Glenn Rockowitz". Film Threat. Archived from the original on 29 October 2014. Retrieved October 29, 2014.
  7. ^ "Hacks (review)". Reel Film Reviews. July 3, 2004. Retrieved October 29, 2014.
  8. ^ Gregg Goldstein (May 5, 2011). "Pair in biz with 'Bank Robbers'". Variety. Retrieved October 29, 2014.
  9. ^ "Night of Humor". Northwestern. Retrieved October 29, 2014.
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  11. ^ Randi Schmelzer (November 14, 2005). "Publicis Talks Up T-Mobile's Minutes". AdWeek. Retrieved October 29, 2014.
  12. ^ "WORLD FAMOUS Explores the Lighter Side of Air Travel with Alaska Airlines". Creative Planet Network. April 30, 2009. Retrieved October 29, 2014.
  13. ^ "Glenn Rockowitz Voice Clients". Retrieved October 29, 2014.
  14. ^ "TV Commercial (Under $5K)". Archived from the original on October 30, 2014. Retrieved October 29, 2014.