Saturday, February 9, 2013

Three's a Crowd, Six Is a Freak Show

Dawson's Creek, The Practice, Men Behaving Badly, Angel, Veronica's Closet, Charmed, Monk, NYPD Blue, CSI Miami, Veronica Marrs, Grey's Anatomy, Greek, The United States of Tara, Californication, and more recently Whitney and Happy Endings are just some of the television shows.

Role Models, Gattaca, Wet Hot American Summer and Wanderlust, (as actor and co-writer of the screenplay) are just some of the movies which at one time or another featured the talents of actor Ken Marino. Ken first caught my eye in Three's a Crowd, Six Is a Freak Show, an episode of Will & Grace from 2000. In the episode, Ken played Mark, a boyfriend of Grace's who has six toes. It repeated again this week and reminded me again of the appeal of Ken Marino.

Although the New York born Italian actor is maybe best known for his comedic roles, he studied at Lee Strasberg Institute and Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. Ken's first professional work was in the early 90's on the MTV sketch comedy The State. Even after the shows cancellation in 1995, Members of The State remained close and several of the cast members, including Ken, went on to contribute to other projects together including Reno 911! and the films Wet Hot American Summer and The Ten. Along with Airbender's Aasif Mandvi, Ken recently signed on for NBC's The Gates, based on the British comedy Gates.

Ken in new Bachelor-style spoof Yahoo! web series, Burning Love.

Above: Ken from Geek World Photo's at 2012 The San Diego Comic-Con.

Below: On the Set of Children’s Hospital

Party Down

With Joe Lo Truglio in Party Down

Click here to see Ken on Conan discussing his career including Judy Blume and prosthetic penises.

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