Jake Johnson

Jake M. Johnson did the hard grind of stand-up and improvisational comedy from Chicago to New York to Los Angeles, eventually finding a groove with one of Hollywood's edgier comedy cliques and landing on Fox's breakout ... Read more »
Born: 05/28/1978 in Evanston, Illinois, USA

Filmography

Actor (38)

Joshy 2016 (Movie)

(Actor)

New Girl 2016 (TV Show)

Actor

Comedy Bang! Bang! 2015 (Tv Show)

Himself

Digging for Fire 2015 (Movie)

Tim (Actor)

Drunk History 2013, 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Jurassic World 2015 (Movie)

Lowery (Actor)

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Let's Be Cops 2014 (Movie)

Ryan (Actor)

Neighbors 2014 (Movie)

Sebastian Cremmington (Actor)

The Lego Movie 2014 (Movie)

Barry (Voice)

The Pretty One 2014 (Movie)

Basel (Actor)

Drinking Buddies 2013 (Movie)

Luke (Actor)

High School USA! 2013 (Tv Show)

Voice

The Late Show With David Letterman 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Guest

The Tonight Show With Jay Leno 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

21 Jump Street 2012 (Movie)

Principal Dadier (Actor)

Man Up! 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

NTSF:SD:SUV 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Safety Not Guaranteed 2012 (Movie)

Jeff (Actor)

The 2012 Do Something Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Host

A Very Harold & Kumar 3-D Christmas 2011 (Movie)

Jesus (Actor)

Ceremony 2011 (Movie)

Teddy (Actor)

Funny or Die Presents... 2009 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

No Strings Attached 2011 (Movie)

Eli (Actor)

Flash Forward 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Get Him to the Greek 2010 (Movie)

Jazz Man (Actor)

Paper Heart 2009 (Movie)

Nick Jasenovec (Actor)

Bones 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

ER 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Gary Unmarried 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Redbelt 2008 (Movie)

Guayabera Shirt Man (Actor)

Step Brothers 2008 (Movie)

Razor (Actor)

Curb Your Enthusiasm 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Without A Trace 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Goal! The Dream Begins 2006 (Movie)

Tom (Actor)

The Attic Door 2006 (Movie)

Darrell (Actor)

Cold Case 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor
Producer (1)

Digging for Fire 2015 (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

Jake M. Johnson did the hard grind of stand-up and improvisational comedy from Chicago to New York to Los Angeles, eventually finding a groove with one of Hollywood's edgier comedy cliques and landing on Fox's breakout sitcom, "The New Girl" (2011- ). A Chicago-area native, Johnson passed through some of live comedy's best renowned institutions, including Second City and the Upright Citizens Brigade in New York and L.A. In 2007, he landed his first regular television job with the short-form TBS comedy "Derek and Simon: The Show" (2007). He appeared in a sequence of oddball and meta-inclined comedies, developing a rep as a scene-stealer in films such as "Paper Heart" (2009), "Ceremony" (2010), "No Strings Attached" (2011) and "A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas" (2011), and taking leads in light, well-regarded movies such as "Spilt Milk" (2010) and the Sundance favorite "Safety Not Guaranteed" (2012). In 2011, Johnson landed a regular gig as one of a trio of wisecracking young men who welcome daffy new roommate Zooey Deschanel into the fold on the sitcom "New Girl," which became the new hot ticket on the Fox Network. With just a single season on this primetime TV hit, Johnson had established himself as one of Hollywood's hottest talents to watch.

Relationships

Erin Payne

Wife

EDUCATION

Tisch School of the Arts, New York University

New York , New York

University of Iowa

Iowa City , Iowa

Milestones

2015

Wrote and starred in the indie drama "Digging for Fire"

2014

Voiced the role of Barry in "The Lego Movie"

2014

Starred opposite his "New Girl" co-star Damon Wayans Jr. in the comedy "Let's Be Cops"

2012

Co-starred in the indie comedy "Safety Not Guaranteed"

2012

Played Principal Dadier in the feature remake of "21 Jump Street"

2011

Co-starred opposite Zooey Deschanel on the Fox comedy "New Girl"

2011

Played supporting role in "No Strings Attached"

2010

Cast as Jazz Man in the comedy feature "Get Him to the Greek"

2009

Appeared in the romantic comedy "Paper Heart"

2007

Feature film debut, "Bunny Whipped"

Regularly performed at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in New York and Los Angeles

Bonus Trivia

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A longtime fan of improvisational comedy, Johnson moved to New York in his early 20s where he founded the sketch comedy troupe The Midwesterners.

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As a child growing up in the suburbs of Chicago, Johnson's comedy idols were Chris Farley and John Belushi.

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"I started off wanting to be a writer before an actor. So I just started getting the parts as an actor. And so the improv is more, it less feels like writing and more just feels like it's really fun to do." - from www.hitfix.com, January 6, 2015

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