Chicago comic John Roy is a unique and positive voice on modern urban life.
A city dweller all his life, John grew
up in Chicago's ethnically diverse Rogers Park neighborhood, the son of an ex Jesuit who worked for Chicago's
urban Loyola University, and a psychotherapist. Growing up white and Catholic in a neighborhood full of African
Americans, Orthodox Jews, Nigerians, Mexicans, Indians, Pakistanis, and every other ethnic and religious group under
the sun gave John a unique perspective on getting along in a crowded world. John?s life saving heart surgery and
altruistic parents also gave him an appreciation of the importance of using comedy to foster positive change.
Chicago's rich cultural heritage, economic differences, and fast paced lifestyle helped create a comedy style that
examined how we get along with each other, and how we get by.
John began his professional career at the famous
Zanies Comedy Club on Wells St. in Chicago's Old Town. He went on to tour the country's best clubs, including
the Laugh Stop in Houston, and the Laugh Factory in Los Angeles, where John earned a regular spot in 2002.
In 2003, he appeared on the CBS television show, "Star Search," and was its first champion, earning 100,000
dollars and a development deal with CBS. A move to Los Angeles traded one city for another, and John
began to soak in the new cultures, lifestyles, and history of his new home and examine them in his comedy. In 2003,
John performed at the NACA Central convention and was the most requested act in any category. In 2004, John appeared
in the prestigious US Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, as a square on "Hollywood Squares," and on HBO.
appeared several times on the nationally syndicated "Bob and Tom" radio program, available in over 200 markets.
In 2005, John appeared in DVD series called "Live at the Laugh Factory", available in stores nationwide, alongside
such acclaimed comedians as Butch Bradley, Bob Marley, Tom Papa, and Tony Rock. John is a regular performer at the
Comedy and Magic Club in Hermosa Beach, and the Upright Citizen's Brigade Theatre in Los Angeles and the Hollywood Improv.
John appeared on Comedy Central's "Premium Blend" in the 2005-2006 season, and a November 2005 episode of CBS' "The
Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson." John appeared in several episodes of NBC?s "Last Comic Standing" where
he advanced to the semifinals of the reality show/ competition. In 2007, John made an unprecedented four
appearances in two months on the nationally syndicated TV show, "Comics Unleashed." His CD, "1246 W. Arthur," was
released, featuring John headlining at his home club of Zanies in Chicago.