On this date in 1978, Anthony Jeselnik, known for his off-color comedy, was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to parents Stephanie and Anthony F. Jeselnik. Jeselnik set out to write the Great American Novel, earning a bachelors degree in English from Tulane University, but laughter intervened. Moving to Los Angeles, Jeselnik pursued standup, but it was not until two years into his career that he discovered his niche after delivering a joke with a dark twist. Following this discovery, Jeselnik began writing almost exclusively material of that ilk, adopting a deliberately offensive stage presence. Jeselnik was named one of Variety’s 10 Comics to Watch in 2008. When his Comedy Central Presents standup special premiered in 2009, Jeselnik was named one of Comedy Central’s breakout comedians of the year. That same year, Jeselnik worked as a writer for “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” showcasing his standup there as well. In 2010, Jeselnik released his debut comedy album Shakespeare. Soon after, he began writing for the Comedy Central Roasts, eventually roasting Donald Trump, Roseanne Barr, and Charlie Sheen. In 2013, Jeselnik created and hosted a show on Comedy Central, “The Jeselnik Offensive,” which aired for two seasons. His first hour-long special, “Caligula,” has received critical acclaim.
"I'm not a religious person. I would call myself an atheist. I don't have a good story behind it — I'm just reasonable.”
—— Anthony Jeselnik, from his comedy special Caligula on Comedy Central (2013)
Compiled by Noah Bunnell
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