2013 Just For Laughs Chicago Comedian Spotlight: TJ Jagodowski

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  • 2013 Just For Laughs Chicago Comedian Spotlight: TJ Jagodowski

    TJ JagodowskiUnless you’re an improv nut, you probably wouldn’t know that the guys who act in those quirky Sonic Drive-In commercials are actually some of the most respected performers in the improv game. One-half of those characters is TJ Jagodowski, former Second City Theater improver and current iO teacher/performer.

    He’s been in films like Will Ferrell’s Stranger Than Fiction and most recently Oz The Great and Powerful alongside James Franco and Zach Braff. He’s won a boatload of awards and his classes at iO have been some of the most cherished.

    Five Things to Know About TJ Jagodowski:

    • He was in the first two episodes of Prison Break!
    • TJ and his improv partner, David Pasquesi, made a film chronicling their totally improvised original show called Trust Us, This Is All Made Up.
    • TJ almost lost his leg during a incident in college where he knocked over a vending machine on his leg after it wouldn’t spit out a bag of Munchos. In his defense, Munchos are f*cking delicious!
    • When SNL lost Will Ferrell, they were looking for a personality to replace him and TJ was a top interest. He made to the final audition process to join the cast, but turned it down. Total badass.
    • TJ cites 30 Rock’s Jack McBrayer as one of his biggest influences in improv and one of his closest friends.

    TJ will be performing on June 11 – iO T heather presents TJ & Dave at Stage 773 at 7:00 PM. The next day, June 12th Up Comedy Club presents the Second City Alumni improv showhow featuring Scott Adsit, Jon Glaser, Kevin Dorff, and David Pasquesi at 8:00 PM.

    What do you think?