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Marc Evan Jackson (born August 21, 1970)[1] is an American comedian and actor best known for his work as Sparks Nevada in the Thrilling Adventure Hour, Kevin Cozner in Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Trevor Nelsson in Parks and Recreation, Dr. Murphy in 22 Jump Street, and Shawn in The Good Place.

Marc Evan Jackson
Marc Evan Jackson 2012.jpg
Jackson at the Thrilling Adventure Hour in 2012
Born (1970-08-21) August 21, 1970 (age 47)
Buffalo, New York, U.S.
Residence Venice, California
Alma mater Calvin College
Occupation Actor, comedian, voice-over artist
Years active 1998–present
Spouse(s)
Beth Hagenlocker (m. 2002)

Contents

Early lifeEdit

Jackson was born in 1970 in Buffalo, New York.[1] He grew up in nearby Amherst, New York, along with his two siblings, a brother and a sister.[2][3] He graduated from Amherst Central High School in 1988, and obtained a bachelor's degree from Calvin College in 1992 with a major in philosophy and minors in political science and environmental studies.[2] While in college, he also participated in theatre productions.[4]

During summers, Jackson worked as a deck hand on the MV Americana.[5] After graduating from college, he spent a few years working on schooners, both in Michigan, as a deck hand on the schooner Malabar, and in Maine, as first mate on the Mercantile.[3][5][6] He also worked as a producer and host for WGVU, a National Public Radio affiliate in Michigan, replacing Bill Freeman as the host of the Morning Show in 1997.[5][6][7]

CareerEdit

Improv and actingEdit

Jackson started his improv career with River City Improv, a group associated with Calvin College, after attending a rehearsal to play the piano.[8] Jackson later joined The Second City Detroit, becoming a member of the main company in 1998.[9] While at Second City Detroit he participated in the 1999 show "Phantom Menace to Society."[10]

Jackson moved to Los Angeles in 2001.[11] He taught improv at Second City Hollywood.[11] He joined the long-form improv group called "The 313" in 2003.[12] The 313 is named for Detroit's area code and is made up of mostly former Detroit residents, including Keegan-Michael Key, Larry Joe Campbell, Joshua Funk, Nyima Funk, Andy Cobb, Maribeth Monroe, and Jaime Moyer.[13][14] The 313 continues to perform at comedy festivals around the country, including Las Vegas,[13] San Francisco,[14] and Detroit.[15][16]

After meeting Mark Gagliardi and Ben Acker at Second City Hollywood, Jackson was invited to one of the first rehearsals of what would become the Thrilling Adventure Hour and became a member of the WorkJuice Players, playing Sparks Nevada in the regular segment "Sparks Nevada, Marshal on Mars".[17][18] The show has been running as a live stage show since 2005 and has been published as a podcast since January 2011. Jackson also appeared in the film Drones, which was written by Acker and Blacker and directed by Amber Benson and Adam Busch.

Jackson is one half of a double act with comedian Carrie Clifford in which they play Sky & Nancy Collins, characters who live in Orange County and are trying stand-up for the first time because their friends find them funny.[19] They have appeared on Last Comic Standing, on Last Call with Carson Daly, and at the Hollywood Improv.[20]

Jackson starred in a web series in 2011 directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts called Fox Compton.[21] He has gone on to work with Vogt-Roberts many times, including on the film The Kings of Summer in 2013 and in the television series Mash Up on Comedy Central. Jackson has also made guest appearances in a number of other television series, including Key & Peele, Psych, Arrested Development, Happy Endings, The Middle, 2 Broke Girls, Modern Family, Kroll Show, Hello Ladies and Black-ish. In 2012, Jackson starred in Suit Up, a web series co-produced by DirecTV and Fox Digital Studio, as Jim Dunnigan.[22] Suit Up was the first of Fox Digital Studio's series to be picked up for a second season.

In January 2012, Jackson stood in for Bradley Cooper to play the part of Ben in a staged reunion performance of Wet Hot American Summer at the San Francisco Comedy Festival.[23]

Jackson has appeared as attorney Trevor Nelsson in half a dozen episodes of Parks and Recreation, and was later cast as Kevin Cozner in Michael Schur's comedy series Brooklyn Nine-Nine.[24] Jackson had a supporting role in the Amazon pilot The Rebels, which premiered online in 2014 but was not picked up for a full series.[25] In February 2014, it was announced that Jackson would play the role of Jim in the Fox pilot titled Fatrick, along with Marcia Cross.[26] Jackson continued his affiliation with Schur by taking on a recurring role in his new comedy The Good Place as Shawn, the judge of conflicts between the Good Place and the Bad Place.

Voice workEdit

Jackson is also known for his voiceover work, which includes movies like President Wolfman,[27] radio series such as Adventures in Odyssey,[28] and web series including Funny or Die Presents: Brick Novax's Diary.

In October 2013, Jackson appeared as Marcus Vanston in a live performance of the popular podcast Welcome to Night Vale. This episode, titled "The Debate", was released on May 1, 2014.[29]

AdvertisingEdit

Jackson has appeared in numerous national ad campaigns, including Farmers Insurance with J.K. Simmons,[30] Sears, Coors, Aaron's, Progressive, and DirecTv.[31]

FilmographyEdit

FilmEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2000 Garage: A Rock Saga The Saucy Chef
2003 Melvin Goes to Dinner Extra
2009 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Commander, US Central Command
2009 The Slammin' Salmon Dry Sac Customer
2010 Drones Ian
2010 Bright Day! Tripp Bailey
2011 Good News, Oklahoma! Tucker Short
2012 The Babymakers Jefferey
2012 Karaoke Man Marble
2012 President Wolfman John Wolfman Voice
2013 The Kings of Summer Mr. Keenan
2014 22 Jump Street Dr. Martin P. Murphy
2015 Tenured Jerry Trask[1] [32]
2015 Bad Night John
2016 Mono Agent James
2017 Kong: Skull Island Steve Woodward [33]
2017 Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle Principal Bentley
2018 Can You Ever Forgive Me? Lloyd Post-production

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2002 One on One The Store Clerk Episode: "Give Me Some Credit"
2003 ILL-ustrated Various characters (voice) Various episodes
2006 Campaign Trail Bobbie Grant TV movie
2006 According to Jim Harried Guy Episode: "Belaboring the Point"
2007 Case Closed Nathan Shadle TV movie
2007 Revenge Gordon Pilot
2007 Carpoolers Man on Street Episode: "The Seminar"
2008 Last Comic Standing Himself Episode: "Auditions 3"
2008 Reno 911! Amnesiac Episode: "The Wall"
2008 The Consultants Brandon Pilot
2008 Scare Tactics Various 2 episodes
2008 Atom TV Jay Episode #1.14
2008 Carpet Bros Xavier Montrose Raylon 6 episodes
2008 Last Call with Carson Daly Sky Collins 1 episode
2009 Super Dave's Spike Tacular 4 episodes
2009 The Burr Effect Mansion Security Pilot
2010 Vamped Out Audition Actor #2 Episode: "A New Day"
2011 Funny or Die Presents: Brick Novax's Diary Brick Novax (voice) 4 episodes
2011–2014 Workaholics Dr. Gerald Landes 2 episodes
2011 Psych Sheldon Gates Episode: "In for a Penny..."
2011 Kickin' It Doctor Rose Episode: "Breaking Board"
2012 Wolfpack of Reseda Rod 3 episodes
2012 Mash Up Various Various episodes
2012 Happy Endings Fishmonger Episode: "More Like Stanksgiving"
2012 RVC: The Lone Shopping Network Surgeon
2012 You're Whole Jim Rigmann
2012–2013 Suit Up Jim Dunnigan 16 episodes
2012–2013 Key & Peele Various 2 episodes
2013 2 Broke Girls Eli Episode: "And the Temporary Distraction"
2013 Arrested Development Storage Auctioneer Episode: "Colony Collapse"
2013 Hello Ladies Manager Episode: "The Limo"
2013–2015 Kroll Show Various 4 episodes
2013–2015 Parks and Recreation Trevor Nelsson 10 episodes
2014 The Spoils of Babylon Bank Man Episode: "The Foundling"
2014 The Middle Professor Danziger Episode: "The Carpool"
2014 Modern Family Tad Episode: "Spring-a-Ding-Fling"
2014 The Rebels Phil Mavon Pilot
2014 Fatrick Jim Pilot
2014–2017 Adventure Time Kim Kil Whan/Mr. F (voice) 2 episodes
2014 I Didn't Do It Mr. Buffington Episode: "Lindy Nose Best"
2014–2015 You're the Worst Therapist 2 episodes
2014 The League Mr. Rappaport Episode: "Sitting Shiva"
2014 Masters of Sex Harold Episode: "One for the Money, Two for the Show"
2014 Newsreaders Ryan Rosenberg Episode: "Motorboating Dads; the Negative $100,000 Question"
2014 Nick Offerman: American Ham IP Attorney TV special
2014–present Brooklyn Nine-Nine Kevin Cozner 10 episodes
2015 Cocked Ken Pilot
2015 Man Seeking Woman Judge Episode: "Gavel"
2015–2016 Comedy Bang! Bang! Proctor[34] / Father Peters 2 episodes
2015 The Spoils Before Dying[35] Kermit Biggs 5 episodes
2015 Stunted[36] Whoopi Goldberg Pilot
2015 Rizzoli & Isles Dr. Hart Episode: "Fake It 'Til You Make It"
2015 Black-ish David Cooper Episode: "Churched"
2016 The People's Mayor Commissioner Gordon[37] Pilot
2017–present The Good Place Shawn Recurring; 8 episodes
2017–present GLOW Gary 2 episodes
2017 Jeff & Some Aliens Duncan / Uprising Member (voice) Episode: "Jeff & Some Colonists"
2017 Detroiters Dr. Kozak Episode: "Dream Cruise"
2017 Curb Your Enthusiasm Justin Episode: "Namaste"
2017-present DuckTales Bentley Buzzard, Bradford Buzzard Episodes: "Woo-oo!", "The Great Dime Chase!"
2018 My Dead Ex Vice Principal Kelly Recurring; 5 episodes

PodcastsEdit

Podcast Episode Date Role
Guys With Feelings Comedy Bit - Calling the Veep 2006.02.17 Vice-President Cheney[38]
Kevin Pollak's Chat Show #37 2010.01.19 Himself (Cast & Crew of Drones)
#43 2010.03.30 Himself (1st Year Birthday, part 2)
#205 2014.06.03 Himself
Comedy Bang! Bang! #50 2010.04.23 Harry Houdini[39]
#284 2014.05.05 Himself[40]
Thrilling Adventure Hour All 2011–2015 Sparks Nevada/WorkJuice Player[18]
Pop My Culture #37 2011.03.22 Himself[41]
Totally Laime #72 2011.06.19 Himself[42]
Dead Authors Podcast Appendix A 2011.12.20 O. Henry[43]
Ch. 16 2013.04.02 Gore Vidal[44]
Superego The War of Two Worlds 2012 WorkJuice Player[45]
The Matthew Aaron Show #77 2012.01.23 Himself[46]
#153 2013.06.12 Himself[47]
Talkin Walkin' #9 2012.05.15 Himself[3]
Kickin' It Mary Lynn Style #5 2012.08.16 Himself[48]
Giant Fire Breathing Robot #149 2012.10.31 Himself [49]
HobCast #17 2012.12.19 Himself[50]
#36 2014.10.24 Himself
Welcome to Night Vale #32.5 2014.05.01 Marcus Vanston[51]
#55.5 2014.10.01 Sparks Nevada[52]
Chewin' It With Kevin and Steve #84 2014.10.29 Himself[53]
Mutant Season #149 2014.11.19 Himself[54]
Spontaneanation with Paul F. Tompkins #2 2015.04.06 Himself[55]
#4 2015.04.20 Himself[56]
#5 2015.04.27 Himself[57]
#13 2015.06.22 Himself[58]
#18 2015.07.27 Himself[59]
#23 2015.08.31 Himself[60]
#29 2015.10.12 Himself[61]
#30 2015.10.19 Himself[62]
#33 2015.11.09 Himself[63]
#67 2016.07.04 Himself[64]
#81 2016.10.10 Himself[65]
#82 2016.10.17 Himself[66]
#100 2017.02.20 Himself[67]
Sklarbro Country #253 2015.05.29 Himself[68]
The JV Club #158 2015.06.11 Himself[69]
The Good Place: The Podcast All 2018.01.06-Present Himself (Interviewer)[70]

Personal lifeEdit

Jackson married veterinarian Beth Hagenlocker on April 27, 2002.[71] They live in Venice with their cats Penny, Charlie, and Snug.[72]

Jackson is known for wearing a bow tie, both in character as Sparks Nevada as well as out of character.[73][74]

Charity workEdit

Jackson co-founded the Detroit Creativity Project, which teaches Detroit public school students improv as a vehicle for improving their communication skills, along with Hagenlocker, Key, Margaret Edwartowski, and Larry Joe Campbell.[75][76][77] The Project, which was inspired by a statement by Detroit mayor Dave Bing, was founded after a series of cookouts held at Jackson and Hagenlocker's home with other actors, writers, and directors who had connections to the city.[78] In 2015 the program will expand to teach 500 students in 19 different schools.[79]

Jackson and Hagenlocker are also supporters of the non-profit 826LA and Jackson frequently participates in events for the organization.[80][81][82]

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