Born in the Midwest, now working out of Austin, TX, O'Connell has performed in every imaginable venue and shared the stage with a wide range of performers, from Dave Attel to Dolly Parton. He's a veteran touring comic and has worked The Improv in Hollywood, the Comedy Cafe in London and hundreds of clubs in between.
Blending charm and irreverence, "JohnO" presents his social and political views in a thought-provoking manner. His brutal honesty about life, its finer aspects and dirty little secrets, makes audiences roar. A consummate professional, O'Connell can read an audience and take them to the brink without going overboard, making him the perfect entertainer for any event.
John is also an original member of the "Texas Hill Country Writer's Association," a group of writers formed and financed by the Blue Collar Comedy Tour's Ron "Tater Salad" White. The group collaborates on many writing projects including, but not limited to, stand up material for Ron and the other members of the T.H.C. writer's group. O'Connell also is frequently the opening act for White on his national tours.
In addition to performing comedy, John is also pursuing an acting and film making career. He's landed work on several television shows including NBC's critically acclaimed "Freaks and Geeks." He had a role in the independent feature "Seeking the Cafe Bob" which aired on the Sundance Channel. He is currently in production on the independent film "Pineapple" which he co-wrote and stars in. His animated short "Jesus Shaves" recently premiered at Austin's Alamo Draughthouse Theater.
O'Connell is also an avid runner, and has run several marathons including the 2004 Boston Marathon. But don't let that fool you, he loves to party and is a firm believer in living life to the fullest.