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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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When crafting a comedy routine, Mohr now relies on feedback from his wife and his audiences to help tease out a promising idea into more well-rounded material. "If I think of an idea while I'm jogging, I'll talk to my wife about it and say, 'This is funny, right? Have you noticed this?' and we'll agree,
" Mohr said. "And then when I'm on stage I'll start talking about it and flesh it out. Maybe two or three minutes to start or maybe it'll be going well and I'll just keep talking for 15 minutes and it'll be an actual routine."
From 2003 through 2006, Mohr was the host, executive producer and part-owner of the reality television show Last Comic Standing, which introduced new comedic talent to American audiences. He then landed a starring role in his own sitcom, Gary Unmarried, in 2008. The show ran for two years before being unceremoniously dropped by the CBS network in 2010, leaving Mohr suddenly out of a job. "I became very spoiled on GU, both financially and otherwise. I gained about 20 pounds simply from standing around my set and eating. For two years I got to act like big shit. Then ... poof. Gone," Mohr reflected in his personal blog after the show's cancellation. "Now I am on some Mediterranean diet and running religiously along the Pacific Ocean. I have this strange obsession that whatever job comes next, the least I could do is be in good shape for it."
Moving on from the defunct sitcom, Mohr hit the road to renew his stand-up career, playing clubs and small audiences like he did when he was just starting out. "I have re-discovered the root of who I am professionally," Mohr wrote. "I am a comic. Always have been and always will be."
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