Steve Oedekerk

Screenwriter, Director, Comedian
This minor stand-up comic and TV sketch comedy writer of the late 1980s and early 90s made a high- profile feature debut as a writer-director with "Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls" (1995), the eagerly awaited sequel to ... Read more »
Born: 11/27/1961 in Los Angeles, California, USA

Filmography

Writer (17)

Cowboys & Aliens 2011 (Movie)

Screen Story (Story By)

In Living Color 1989 - 1990, 1992 - 1993, 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Writer

Back at the Barnyard 2007 (TV Show)

Writer

Evan Almighty 2007 (Movie)

(Story By)

Evan Almighty 2007 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Barnyard: The Original Party Animals 2006 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Bruce Almighty 2003 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Kung Pow: Enter the Fist 2002 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius 2001 (Movie)

(From Story)

Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius 2001 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Nutty Professor II: The Klumps 2000 (Movie)

(From Story)

Blue Streak 1999 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Patch Adams 1998 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Nothing to Lose 1997 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Nutty Professor 1996 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls 1995 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

High Strung 1990 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Producer (10)

Planet Sheen 1989 - 1990, 1992 - 1993, 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

Barnyard: The Original Party Animals 2006 (Movie)

(Producer)

Bruce Almighty 2003 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Juwanna Mann 2002 (Movie)

(Producer)

Kung Pow: Enter the Fist 2002 (Movie)

(Producer)

Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius 2001 (Movie)

(Producer)

Patch Adams 1998 (Movie)

(Co-Producer)

Santa vs. the Snowman 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Actor (9)

Barnyard: The Original Party Animals 2006 (Movie)

Voices of Mr Beady/Snotty Boy/Snotty Boy's Father (Actor)

Kung Pow: Enter the Fist 2002 (Movie)

Dubbed Voices (Actor)

Thumb Wars 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Voice

steve.oedekerk.com 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Nothing to Lose 1997 (Movie)

Security Guard Baxter (Actor)

Full House 1989 - 1990 (Tv Show)

Actor

High Strung 1990 (Movie)

Thane Furrows (Actor)

Jimmie Walker & Friends III 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Casual Sex? 1988 (Movie)

Joey (Actor)
Director (4)

Barnyard: The Original Party Animals 2006 (Movie)

(Director)

Kung Pow: Enter the Fist 2002 (Movie)

(Director)

Nothing to Lose 1997 (Movie)

(Director)

Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls 1995 (Movie)

(Director)
Music (1)

Kung Pow: Enter the Fist 2002 (Movie)

("Les Aliens") (Song)

Biography

This minor stand-up comic and TV sketch comedy writer of the late 1980s and early 90s made a high- profile feature debut as a writer-director with "Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls" (1995), the eagerly awaited sequel to "Ace Ventura: Pet Detective" (1994), the surprise comedy smash that launched Jim Carrey's film career. Oedekerk's Carrey connection proved pivotal to his career. The two met when both were performers at the Comedy Store and later collaborated (as well as shared an office) when Oedekerk joined the writing staff of Fox's "In Living Color"--where Carrey had become the most prominent performer--during the 1992-93 season. Previously, he had appeared in a bit part in "Casual Sex?" (1988), done a guest shot on the ABC sitcom "Full House", performed in a Showtime comedy special ("Jimmie Walker & Friends III", 1990) and wrote (and acted in) an unreleased comedy feature entitled "High Strung/Pissed Off" (1991).

By the end of his stint on "In Living Color", Oedekerk had completed and sold the original screenplay "Nothing to Lose" (1997), a buddy movie that paired Martin Lawrence and Tim Robbins. He also directed and played a bit role in the movie, which did not exactly bowl over critics or audiences. Oedekerk quickly lined up a series of assignments including co-writing the 1996 remake of "The Nutty Professor" as a vehicle for Eddie Murphy. He went on to headline his own 1997 NBC comedy special "steve.oederkerk.com" and wrote the treacly script for the Robin Williams vehicle "Patch Adams" (1998).

In 1999, Oedekerk premiered "Thumb Wars" (UPN), a spoof of George Lucas' "Star Wars" franchise using thumbs dressed as characters. He quickly spun the idea off into an Internet-related site (thumb.com, part of www.ochannel.com). His next project proved to be a winner in many ways. Oedekerk was one of the creative forces behind the animated feature "Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius" (2001), which became a surprise nominee for the first Best Animated Feature Academy Award. By the time the movie, about an inventive young boy who takes on space aliens to save the world, was opening in theaters, Nickelodeon had already committed to producing a TV series spin-off which premiered in 2002.

A fan of Hong Kong martial arts films, Oedekerk took a page from early Woody Allen and obtained the rights to "Tiger & Crane Fists" (1976) and altered the movie, dubbing all the characters' voices, inserting himself into scenes digitally and filming new material to create "Kung Pow: Enter the Fist!" (2002). The result of recent footage edited into the existing material was amusing to some, dull to others. Later that same year, he served as a producer on the comedy "Juwanna Man".

Relationships

Tonie Oedekerk

Wife

Isabella Oedekerk

Daughter
born on June 15, 1999

Zoe Oedekerk

Daughter
born in Charleston, South Carolina during filming of "Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls"

Milestones

2007

Co-wrote "Evan Almighty" the sequel to the 2003 film "Bruce Almighty"

2006

Helmed the animated feature, "Barnyard," the story of what happens on a farm when the humans in charge are not around

2003

Penned the comedy, "Bruce Almighty" starring Jim Carrey

2002

Produced, directed, wrote, starred and dubbed all the voices for the martial arts comedy "Kun Pow: Enter the Fist!"

2001

Was one of the screenwriters and one of the producers of the Oscar-nominated animated feature "Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius"; produced and wrote for the 2002 spin-off TV series on Nickelodeon

1999

Executive produced, wrote and voiced several characters of "Thumb Wars", a UPN paraody special of "Star Wars"

1998

Founded O Entertainment (date approximate)

1998

Was co-producer and screenwriter of "Patch Adams", directed by Shadyac

1997

Hosted NBC special "steve.oederkerk.com" and created related website (address later changed to www.ochannel.com)

1997

Wrote and directed "Nothing to Lose"; also acted

1996

With Shadyac, co-wrote the screenplay for "The Nutty Professor" remake starring Eddie Murphy

1995

Feature directorial debut, "Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls"; also scripted

1994

Consulted on the Carrey feature comedy "Ace Ventura: Pet Detective"; first collaboration with writer-director Tom Shadyac

1991

Feature screenwriting debut, "High Strung/Pissed Off"; had a 1992 festival screening before being shelved

1990

Performed stand-up as a guest on the Showtime comedy special "Jimmie Walker & Friends III"

1989

First TV guest shot, an episode of "Full House" (ABC)

1988

Feature acting debut, a bit part in the comedy "Casual Sex?"

Worked as a stand-up comedian

Met Jim Carrey early in his career while performing at the Comedy Store

Joined the writing staff of the Fox sketch comedy "In Living Color" for its fourth season; shared an office with Carrey

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