|Medusa: Dare to Be Truthful||Director||n/a||4|
|Everybody Loves Raymond||2005-01-01T00:00:00+0000 1996||Director||n/a||4|
|Wendell & Vinnie||2012-01-01T00:00:00+0000 2012||Director||n/a||4|
|The Bernie Mac Show||2006-01-01T00:00:00+0000 2001||Director||n/a||4|
|I'm With Her||2004-01-01T00:00:00+0000 2003||Director||n/a||4|
|It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia||2017-01-01T00:00:00+0000 2004||Director||n/a||4|
|Necessary Roughness||2013-01-01T00:00:00+0000 2010||Director||n/a||4|
|Blue Mountain State||2012-01-01T00:00:00+0000 2009||Director||n/a||4|
|Baby Bob||2003-01-01T00:00:00+0000 2001||Director||n/a||4|
|Man Up!||2012-01-01T00:00:00+0000 2011||Director||n/a||4|
|Las Vegas||2008-01-01T00:00:00+0000 2003||Director||n/a||4|
|Perfect Couples||2011-01-01T00:00:00+0000 2010||Director||n/a||4|
|Nothing Upstairs||1990-01-01T00:00:00+0000 1989||Director||n/a||4|
|In Plain Sight||2012-01-01T00:00:00+0000 2007||Director||n/a||4|
|Running Wilde||2011-01-01T00:00:00+0000 2010||Director||n/a||4|
|Instant Mom||2015-01-01T00:00:00+0000 2013||Director||n/a||4|
|Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip||2007-01-01T00:00:00+0000 2006||Director||n/a||4|
|The Neighbors||2014-01-01T00:00:00+0000 2012||Director||n/a||4|
|Just Shoot Me||2003-01-01T00:00:00+0000 1996||Director||n/a||4|
|Larry Miller: Just Words||1992-01-01T00:00:00+0000 1991||Director||n/a||4|
|So Random!||2012-01-01T00:00:00+0000 2008||Director||n/a||4|
|Love, Inc.||2006-01-01T00:00:00+0000 2005||Director||n/a||4|
|Fred 2: Night of the Living Fred||Director||n/a||4|
|Aliens in America||2008-01-01T00:00:00+0000 2007||Director||n/a||4|
|Denis Leary: Behind the Anger||2003-01-01T00:00:00+0000 2002||Director||n/a||4|
|Worst Week||2009-01-01T00:00:00+0000 2008||Director||n/a||4|
|Trophy Wife||2014-01-01T00:00:00+0000 2013||Director||n/a||4|
|Toonces, the Cat Who Could Drive a Car||1992-01-01T00:00:00+0000 1991||Director||n/a||4|
|Pan Am||2012-01-01T00:00:00+0000 2011||Director||n/a||4|
|The Ben Stiller Show||1996-01-01T00:00:00+0000 1992||Director||n/a||4|
|Night of Too Many Stars||2003-01-01T00:00:00+0000 2002||Director||n/a||4|
|2 Broke Girls||2015-01-01T00:00:00+0000 2011||Director||n/a||4|
|Rock Me Baby||2004-01-01T00:00:00+0000 2003||Director||n/a||4|
|Bob Nelson||1992-01-01T00:00:00+0000 1991||Director||n/a||4|
|Carol Leifer: Gaudy, Bawdy & Blue||1993-01-01T00:00:00+0000 1992||Director||n/a||4|
|Like Family||2004-01-01T00:00:00+0000 2003||Director||n/a||4|
|Family Tools||2013-01-01T00:00:00+0000 2012||Director||n/a||4|
|Memphis Beat||2011-01-01T00:00:00+0000 2009||Director||n/a||4|
|Robert Klein: It All Started Here||1996-01-01T00:00:00+0000 1995||Director||n/a||4|
|The King of Queens||2007-01-01T00:00:00+0000 1998||Director||n/a||4|
|The Second Half||1994-01-01T00:00:00+0000 1993||Director||n/a||4|
|Danny Hoch: Some People||1996-01-01T00:00:00+0000 1995||Director||n/a||4|
|Andy Richter Controls the Universe||2003-01-01T00:00:00+0000 2001||Director||n/a||4|
|The Comedy Central Roast of Denis Leary||2003-01-01T00:00:00+0000 2002||Director||n/a||4|
|Ugly Betty||2010-01-01T00:00:00+0000 2006||Director||n/a||4|
|A Night At the Roxbury||1998||Director||n/a||4|
|The Michael J. Fox Show||2014-01-01T00:00:00+0000 2013||Director||n/a||4|
|Greg the Bunny||2002-01-01T00:00:00+0000 2001||Director||n/a||4|
|Everything's Relative||1999-01-01T00:00:00+0000 1998||Director||n/a||4|
|A.S.S.S.S.C.A.T: Improv||2006-01-01T00:00:00+0000 2005||Director||n/a||4|
|The Dana Carvey Show||1996-01-01T00:00:00+0000 1995||Director||n/a||4|
|Love Monkey||2006-01-01T00:00:00+0000 2005||Director||n/a||4|
|It's Like, You Know...||2000-01-01T00:00:00+0000 1998||Director||n/a||4|
|Madigan Men||2001-01-01T00:00:00+0000 2000||Director||n/a||4|
|Go Fish||2001-01-01T00:00:00+0000 2000||Director||n/a||4|
|Comedy Central Roast: Jeff Foxworthy||2005-01-01T00:00:00+0000 2004||Segment Director||(NY Segment Crew)||1|
|Spin City||2002-01-01T00:00:00+0000 1996||Director||n/a||4|
|Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place||1999-01-01T00:00:00+0000 1997||Director||n/a||4|
|The Trouble With Larry||1994-01-01T00:00:00+0000 1993||Director||n/a||4|
|Michelob Presents Sunday Night||1989-01-01T00:00:00+0000 1988||Director||(from 1989)||4|
|House of Buggin'||1995-01-01T00:00:00+0000 1994||Director||n/a||4|
|Viva Laughlin||2008-01-01T00:00:00+0000 2007||Director||n/a||4|
|One-Night Stand||1993-01-01T00:00:00+0000 1988||Director||n/a||4|
|All That 10th Anniversary Reunion Special||2005-01-01T00:00:00+0000 2004||Segment Director||Additional Material Director||1|
|A.S.S.S.S.C.A.T: Improv||2006-01-01T00:00:00+0000 2005||Executive Producer||n/a||1|
|All That||2006-01-01T00:00:00+0000 1994||Segment Producer||n/a||1|
|Denis Leary: Behind the Anger||2003-01-01T00:00:00+0000 2002||Co-Executive Producer||n/a||1|
|The Comedy Central Roast of Denis Leary||2003-01-01T00:00:00+0000 2002||Co-Executive Producer||n/a||1|
|Contest Searchlight||Co-Executive Producer||n/a||1|
|Big Shots in America||1985-01-01T00:00:00+0000 1984||Editor||n/a||1|
|Whoopi Goldberg -- Direct From Broadway||1985-01-01T00:00:00+0000 1984||Editor||n/a||1|
|High School Video Yearbook With Franken & Davis||1988-01-01T00:00:00+0000 1987||Editor||n/a||1|
|Bugs Bunny/Looney Tunes All-Star 50th Anniversary||1986-01-01T00:00:00+0000 1985||Editor||n/a||1|
|Spalding Gray: Terrors of Pleasure||1988-01-01T00:00:00+0000 1987||Editor||n/a||1|
|Graceland: The African Concert||1987-01-01T00:00:00+0000 1986||Editor||n/a||1|
|Welcome Freshmen||1994-01-01T00:00:00+0000 1990||Other||opening sequence designer||1|
|First TV credit on "Whoopi Goldberg: Direct from Broadway"|
|Edited Paul Simon's concert documentary "Graceland: The African Concert"|
|Director of critically-acclaimed but controversial sketch comedy series "The Dana Carvey Show"|
When your first job is with Lorne Michaels' production company, you definitely hit the ground running. That is exactly how director and producer John Fortenberry started, and right out of the gate he was working with comedy royalty. By the time his career was in full swing, he had collaborated on some of the edgiest and most recognizable comedy forays in television history.
Born in Jackson, Mississippi, Fortenberry graduated from the film and television department of the University of Mississippi. Immediately after graduation, he moved to New York and got a job at Lorne Michaels' Broadway Video production company. He worked as an editor for eight years before seizing a chance at producing and directing.
In 1985 Fortenberry served as editor on the TV documentary "Whoopi Goldberg: Direct from Broadway"(1986) and the Joe Mantegna and Christine Baranski TV movie "Big Shots in America" (1985). He moved on as editor on the TV movie "Looney Tunes 50th Anniversary" (1986) and began his steady rise up the ladder with a first producing credit on a "Saturday Night Live" (NBC 1975- ) video compilation he also served as editor on, "The Best of Dan Aykroyd" (1986). In 1987, he edited the film of Paul Simon's benefit concert for victims of the South African apartheid township revolts, "Graceland: The African Concert" (1987).
The following year Fortenberry was editor on the film version of the Spalding Gray monologue "Spalding Gray: Terrors of Pleasure" (1988). He was also director and supervising producer on an episode of the critically-acclaimed Canadian ensemble sketch comedy show "The Kids in the Hall" (CBC 1988-95), a project backed by Michaels. In 1992 Fortenberry rolled up his sleeves as supervising producer on 13 episodes of a short-lived sketch comedy review penned by a Who's Who of soon-to-be-huge comedy stars, "The Ben Stiller Show" (FOX 1992-93). He also directed 12 of those 13 episodes.
In 1996, Fortenberry became involved in another star-studded comedy experiment that received very solid critical notices but a tepid audience response, "The Dana Carvey Show" (ABC 1996). The show proved influential, but was too controversial for the network and only lasted seven episodes. Fortenberry then directed four episodes of the television adaptation of the hit movie "Clueless" (ABC 1996-97).
Now well positioned as a television director, Fortenberry shot three episodes of the sitcom "Just Shoot Me!" (NBC 1997-2003) and two of the largely reviled sports sitcom "Arli$$" (HBO 1996-2002). He broke into film with a Will Ferrell/Chris Kattan flop based on a "Saturday Night Live" sketch, "A Night at the Roxbury" (1998) before directing six episodes of an ensemble sitcom featuring an up-and-coming Ryan Reynolds, "Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place" (ABC 1998-2001). Also starting in 1998, the director worked on the wildly popular Ray Romano hit "Everybody Loves Raymond" (CBS 1996-2005), directing six installments over four years.
Fortenberry then shot one episode in 2000 for the hit Michael J. Fox series "Spin City" (ABC 1996-2002) and for the flop "Seinfeld" follow-up "The Michael Richards Show" (NBC 2000). He followed that with a decent run on David Alan Grier's sitcom "DAG" (NBC 2000-01), directing ten episodes. In 2002 Fortenberry directed an episode of the snarky Seth Green show "Greg the Bunny" (FOX 2002-06).
In 2002, he oversaw three episodes of the critic's favorite "Andy Richter Controls the Universe" (FOX 2002-03), a show with an extremely strong cult fan base. Between 2004 and 2006, Fortenberry directed one episode a year of another cult favorite with a fanatical base who refused to abandon the show, "Arrested Development" (FOX 2003-06).
In its first season, Fortenberry directed three episodes and was executive producer on seven episodes of one of the few cable shows to reach broadcast syndication, "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" (FX 2005- ). The following year, he directed two episodes of the Aaron Sorkin ensemble piece about backstage intrigue on a comedy show based loosely on "Saturday Night Live," "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" (NBC 2006-07) during its sole season on the air.
The following year, he worked on an episode of a juicy, short-lived cable show featuring Courteney Cox as a tabloid editor, "Dirt" (FX 2007-08) and an episode of the hugely popular ratings machine "Ugly Betty" (ABC 2006-10). In 2011, Fortenberry completed a long run directing 25 episodes over a six-year span of the award-winning Dennis Leary dramedy "Rescue Me" (FX 2004-11) That same year, Lionsgate hired Fortenberry to direct a sequel to the widely panned comedy film "Fred: The Movie" entitled "Fred 2: Night of the Living Fred" (2011).
The director eked out two episodes during the short run of the critically-praised "Pan Am" (ABC 2011-12), a period drama in the "Mad Men" mold, with Christina Ricci as a stewardess during the early 1960s. In 2013, Fortenberry completed an episode for a midseason replacement "Family Tools" (ABC 2013), which was cancelled after losing more than a million viewers in its second week.
|University of Mississippi|
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