William "Will" Sasso (born May 24, 1975) is a Canadian actor and comedian, most notable for his five seasons as a cast member on MADtv from 1997 to 2002 and for starring as Curly in the 2012 film reboot of The Three Stooges.
Will Sasso at the San Diego Comic-Con International in July 2010.
May 24, 1975
Ladner, British Columbia, Canada
Sasso was born in Ladner, British Columbia, to Italian immigrants. He graduated from Delta Secondary School in Delta, British Columbia in 1993. He credits his determination to become an actor and his respect for comedy to an "unhealthy addiction to television".
At the age of 15 he landed his first agent and quickly began booking roles in television and film. Before moving from Vancouver to Los Angeles, California, Sasso starred for five seasons as quirky teen Derek Wakaluk on the award-winning Canadian dramatic series Madison.
By the end of its second season (1996–1997), MADtv experienced its first big cast turnover. Three of the show's repertory performers (Bryan Callen, Orlando Jones and Artie Lange) left the cast. As a result, in 1997, casting executives at FOX had to cast replacements for the show. Sasso (along with Alex Borstein and Aries Spears) was selected to join the MADtv third season cast as a regular cast member.
Sasso is known for quirky characters such as the accident-prone handyman Paul Timberman, Eracist member Hugh, singer Michael McCloud, Talkin' American host Rui Peranio and Mexican luchador Señor Bag of Crap.
Sasso also does many celebrity impersonations, including impersonations of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Chris Farley, Steven Seagal, Bill Clinton, Drew Carey, Elton John, Elvis Presley, Hulk Hogan, Scott Stapp, Fred Durst, George W. Bush, James Gandolfini (as himself and Tony Soprano), James Lipton, Jesse Ventura, Kenny Rogers, Michael McDonald, Lance Bass, Louie Anderson, Paul Shaffer, George Lucas, Randy Newman, Richard Simmons, Robert De Niro, The Rock, Steve Austin, Wayne Newton, Carroll O'Connor, (as Archie Bunker from All in the Family), Alan Hale, Jr. (as The Skipper from Gilligan's Island), William Frawley (as Fred Mertz from I Love Lucy), and William Shatner (as himself and as James T. Kirk).
Will began developing several network television projects with Disney/Touchstone for ABC in 2001 and in 2002, Sasso left MADtv to pursue the next stage of his career. Upon his exit, MADtv became known as "The House that Will Sasso built."
Sasso engaged in a worked shoot angle with former world champion wrestler Bret Hart, which began on February 6, 1999 during Hart's second guest appearance on MADtv. In a sketch lampooning the election of Jesse Ventura to gubernatorial office, Hart "broke character" and attacked the cast members for making light of wrestling, apparently injuring Sasso. He then appeared in a later episode at the curtain call during the ending credits and again attacked Sasso in an "unscripted" assault. Sasso then appeared at ringside during the February 8, 1999 episode of WCW Monday Nitro, where Hart again attacked him. Sasso retaliated by interfering in Hart's match against Roddy Piper, making him lose the match and the WCW United States Championship. This led to a grudge match on the February 15, 1999 episode of Nitro, where Sasso appeared with castmate Debra Wilson, who turned on Sasso, making it a one-sided match.
Sasso's impersonation of Steve Austin impressed the WWF (as it was then still known, before its name changed to WWE) so much that they asked him to be part of the February 7, 2002 episode of WWF SmackDown!, appearing alongside Chris Jericho and Austin himself, as a means to promote Austin's upcoming "MADtv" appearance.
On the live April 9, 2012 broadcast of WWE Raw, he appeared along with the other actors in The Three Stooges movie, alternating between Curly and Hulk Hogan impersonations. He was chokeslammed by Kane.
Since leaving MADtv, Sasso's television appearances include four seasons as Carl Monari on Less than Perfect, as well as a role in Robson Arms. Sasso also played the role of Fortunio Balducci in Southland Tales. Sasso starred in $h*! My Dad Says, based on the Twitter feed Shit My Dad Says created by Justin Halpern. The show premiered in the fall of 2010 and its cancellation was announced on May 15, 2011.
Sasso hosted the 2006 Canadian Comedy Awards in London, Ontario as well as the festival's "Sketch & Improv Showcases". Additionally, he was a host at the 2005-2006 NHL award ceremony. Sasso appeared on the CSI episode "The Chick Chop Flick Shop". He also appeared in the Childrens Hospital episode "Frankfurters".
Sasso began posting on Vine, creating a running gag of being uncontrollably able to reproduce lemons out of his mouth. In addition, he posts videos in characters impersonating the likes of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bill Cosby, Hulk Hogan and Robert De Niro. As of September 2014, he has two million followers.
In 2016, he began a recurring role as the character Yanis on the sixth season of Showtime's comedy-drama Shameless.
- Arnold Schwarzenegger
- Big Cute (Ten Minute Podcast)
- Big Roy Rasmussen / Lt. Tiny Malone (Rocket Revengers)
- Bill Clinton
- Canadian Brad (Ten Minute Podcast)
- Corey (Vine)
- Curly Howard (The Three Stooges)
- David Greco (Ten Minute Podcast)
- Doug the bartender/bouncer ("How I Met Your Mother")
- Elvis Presley
- Everybody's Dad (Ten Minute Podcast)
- Frank Nitti
- Gerald Massey
- Giannis (shameless)
- Gunter (Hoppy Potty)
- Jesse Ventura
- John Henry Michelle Carter / Chase (Pretty White Kids with Problems)
- Honey Dipper Dan
- Hugh (The Eracists)
- Hulk Hogan
- Kenny Rogers
- Michael McCloud (Behind the Music)
- Mike Tyson
- Mr. Henderson (The Brightlings)
- Mr. Sasso (Story Time With Mr. Sasso)
- Paulie (Paulie's Furniture)
- Paul Shondrag
- Paul Timberman (Timberman's Workshop)
- Pete Sechelowski (Ten Minute Podcast)
- Pollo Loco (Buenos Dias, San Diego)
- Professor Gigglepepper
- Professor Edward Lickenhaffenfillypassenbeck
- Randy Newman
- Robert De Niro
- Rui Peranio (Talkin' American)
- Santa Claus (Finding Mrs.Claus)
- Señor Bag of Crap (Mexican Wrestling Federation)
- Shawna (Ten Minute Podcast)
- Sheriff (The Son of Dolemite)
- Steven Seagal
- Stone Cold Steve Austin
- Swede-Hating Paul (Ten Minute Podcast)
- The Rock
- Tony Soprano (The Sopranos)
- Torey (Vine)
- Will (Will's Little Sister)
- Willbot 10,000 (Ten Minute Podcast)
|Ernest Goes to School||1994||Russell|
|Ski School II||1995||Tomcat Collins|
|Magic in the Water||Shy Young Orderly|
|Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco||Pizza Delivery Guy|
|Happy Gilmore||Mover # 1|
|The 6th Man||1997||Scrubby D|
|Beverly Hills Ninja||Chet Walters|
|Brown's Requiem||1998||"Fat Dog" Baker|
|Drop Dead Gorgeous||1999||Hank Vilmes|
|Best in Show||2000||Dale|
|Still Waitingmusic video||2002||Record Company Executive|
|The Hot Chick||2003||Mr. Garbajian (deleted scenes)|
|A Mighty Wind||Phil|
|Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story||2005||voice of Randy Newman/James Lipton|
|Dark Ride||2006||Hospital Aide|
|Southland Tales||2007||Fortunio Balducci|
|Lower Learning||2008||Jesse Buchwald|
|College Road Trip||Deputy O'Malley|
|Year of the Carnivore||2009||Dirk|
|National Lampoon's 301: The Legend of Awesomest Maximus||2010||Awesomest Maximus|
|Life As We Know It||Miss Pennsylvania's Husband|
|For Christ's Sake||Alan|
|Division III: Football's Finest||2011||Terry Lockwood|
|The Three Stooges||2012||Curly Howard|
|The Right Kind of Wrong||2013||Neil|
|Movie 43||Jerry (The Pitch)|
|Hit By Lightning||2014||Seth|
|Army of One||2016||Roy|
|Super Troopers 2||2017|
- The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1993) Season 4, Episode 3 "All Gut's, No Glory" as Classmate (uncredited)
- The Odyssey (1994) Drewg
- Madison (1994–1997) as Derek Wakaluk
- Sliders (1995–1996) as Gomez Calhoun
- Annie O (1996) as Awesome Heckler
- Susie Q (1996) as a Police Officer
- Doctor Who (1996) as Pete
- Heck's Way Home (1996) as Mover #1
- MADtv (1997–2002, 2003-2004, 2009, 2016) as Various Characters
- Dad's Week Off (1997) as Ivan "Boom Boom" Krutovski
- Family Guy (1999) as Randy Newman (Credited as "William") in the episode Da Boom
- WCW Monday Nitro (1999) as himself
- The X-Files episode: "Je Souhaite" (2000)
- WWF SmackDown (2002) impersonating Steve Austin
- Latin Grammy Awards (2002) as Presenter - Himself
- The Western Alienation Comedy Hour (2003) as Host - Himself
- Less than Perfect (2003–2006) as Carl Monari (main role)
- Lilo & Stitch: The Series (2005) as a Heckler
- Family Guy (2005) as Todd in The Fat Guy Strangler
- 'Til Death (2006–2007) as Russ (2 episodes)
- Bob & Doug McKenzie's Two-Four Anniversary (2007) - Himself
- Entourage (2007) as Jay Lester
- Family Guy (2007) in Meet the Quagmires
- How I Met Your Mother (2008–2012) as Doug (the bartender)
- Family Guy (2008) as Bernie the Hamster in The Man with Two Brians
- Robson Arms (2008) as Bark
- Two and a Half Men (2009) as Charlie's Recording Engineer
- Childrens Hospital (2010) as a Trucker
- Neighbors from Hell (2010) as Balthazor Hellman
- $h*! My Dad Says (2010) as Vince (main role)
- Family Guy (2010) in Partial Terms of Endearment
- Family Guy (2012) as Bobby Briggs in Joe's Revenge
- WWE Raw (2012) as Curly-Hulk Hogan, promoting The Three Stooges film
- Channel Squad 1 (2013–present) as Morton
- Super Fun Night (2013) as Parker
- The League (2013) as Officer Bungalon
- Hollywood Game Night (2013) as Himself
- Drunk History (2013) as Frank Nitti
- Murder Police (2013) as Tommy Margaretti (unknown episodes)
- Anger Management (2014) as Jimmy
- Hot in Cleveland (2014–2015) as Franky (3 episodes)
- Modern Family (2014–2017) as Señor Kaplan (3 episodes)
- Justified (2014) as Al Sura (3 episodes)
- Fool Canada (2015) as Various (10 episodes)
- The Comedians (2015) as Will Sasso
- Key & Peele (2015) as a Pirate
- Another Period (2015–2016) as Policeman #1 (5 episodes)
- Robot Chicken (2015) as the voice of Phil Coulson
- Shameless (2016) as Yanis (4 episodes)
- Motive (2016) as Hank Novak
- American Housewife (2017) as Billy
- Will Sasso on Internet Movie Database
- "CBS Announces 2010-2011 Primetime Schedule" (Press release). CBS Television Network. May 19, 2010.
- "WATCH: It Is Impossible Not To Laugh At This". Huffington Post. March 23, 2013.
- "Robson Arms - Season 3". Retrieved 2008-07-23.