They call him the Bitter Buddha. Eddie Pepitone is the ultimate comic/character actor of his generation. Hailed as a modern day cross between Jackie Gleason, Don Rickles and Eckart Tolle, Pepitone is a master of the dark art of comedy and a force of nature on stage, switching between social rage and self-doubt. His shows are an energetic combo of calm and chaos, blue-collar angst and sardonic enlightenment. Few comedians working today channel the power of the rant better than Eddie Pepitone.
After a nationwide tour with the acclaimed Chicago City Limits improv company, Eddie settled down in Los Angeles where he still performs today. Eddie tours the country regularly, having performed at some of the biggest venues in the comedy scene including The Improv, Caroline’s on Broadway, Largo at the Coronet, and both the LA and NY Upright Citizens Brigade Theaters. He is also an international headliner, having performed in England, Ireland, Scotland, Norway, Canada, and Australia.
In addition to his regular stand-up shows, Eddie is a stand-out character actor. On the television front, he has been a mainstay on American broadcast and cable networks and currently recurs on Community NBC, Bob’s BurgersFox, Your Pretty Face is Going to Hell Adult Swim, and Conan TBS. Other notable turns include Arrested Development Netflix, The Flight of the ConchordsHBO, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia FX, House MD Fox, Chappelle’s ShowComedy Central, two seasons of Last Comic Standing NBC, and The Sarah Silverman Program Comedy Central.
On the feature side, Eddie was seen in the hit comedy Old School opposite Will Ferrell, the Sundance entry Terri with John C. Reilly, The Living Wake opposite Jesse Eisenberg, and the upcoming Anna Paquin drama Free Ride. In addition, Eddie is frequently found on his must-follow Twitter account @eddiepepitone and is a podcast staple, including his own podcast The Long Shot www.thelongshotpodcast.com as well as Marc Maron’s WTF www.wtfpod.com. He also stars in the daily Youtube webseries Puddin’ from writer/director Matt Oswalt www.puddinstrip.com. Eddie’s comedy album A Great Stillness debuted on Billboard’s Comedy Top 10 and he is the subject of the new feature-length documentary The Bitter Buddha, which is now available digitally and on DVD.