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Jay Mohr is a stand-up comedian, actor and television host known for his stint on Saturday Night Live and for hosting Last Comic Standing.
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Jay Mohr was born on August 23, 1970, in Verona, New Jersey. He performed his first stand-up gig when he was 16 years old and in 1993 landed a coveted spot on Saturday Night Live. After SNL, Mohr appeared in Cameron Crowe's Jerry Maguire, was host and part-owner of the reality television show Last Comic Standing and starred in his own sitcom, Gary Unmarried. Mohr is married to actress Nikki Cox.
Actor and comedian. Born Jon Ferguson Mohr on August 23, 1970, in Verona, New Jersey. Determined from a young age to become a comedian, Mohr performed his first stand-up gig in West Orange, New Jersey, when he was 16 years old and immediately became hooked on performing. Mohr worked the circuit of comedy clubs, bars and college campuses for several years while making his name as a comic.
In 1993, Jay Mohr landed a coveted spot on the famed sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live, joining other up-and-coming comics like Chris Farley and Adam Sandler to form something of a youth movement on the show. Mohr's impressions of celebrities like Christopher Walken were a hit with audiences. The intense competition for airtime on the show, however, proved to be personally disastrous. Mohr began having panic attacks - sometimes on live television - that eventually required medication. "I realized that I am all right," Mohr later said. "This place, however, was dysfunctional." In 2004, Mohr published a memoir called Gasping for Airtime: Two Years in the Trenches of Saturday Night Live, in which he described his troubled stint on the show in painful detail.
Mohr left Saturday Night Live in 1995 and soon after was cast in a scene-stealing role as Bob Sugar, a slimy, ruthless sports agent in Cameron Crowe's popular movie Jerry Maguire. Over the next several years, Mohr appeared in a wide variety of movies and television shows—200 Cigarettes, Pay It Forward, Scrubs and The Jeff Foxworthy Show, to name a few - while continuing to entertain live audiences as a stand-up comedian.
Mohr was married to model and actress Nicole Chamberlain from 1998 to 2004. The marriage produced one son, Jackson. After Mohr and Chamberlain parted ways, Mohr met his second wife, actress Nikki Cox, when he guest-starred on her television show Las Vegas. The couple married in December 2006 and Mohr legally added her surname to his own, becoming Jon Ferguson Cox Mohr. His domestic life forced him to change his comedy act. "When I first got into comedy it was to get girls and get drunk. Get laid or fight," Mohr said. "Then I got sober and I got married and I don't want to fight anybody. So that act had to go away and I had to talk about me."
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