Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
Jon Daly was a favorite presence amongst diehard comedy fans who spent the early 21st century making the journey from small guest cameos and podcast appearances to headlining films. Daly was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA, and first became interested in improv comedy as a teenager. At age 16, he started performing in a weekly show at nearby University of Pittsburgh, and continued while attending college at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. After college, Daly moved to L.A. to pursue an acting career, and quickly became a regular performer at the Upright Citizens Brigade theater. He made his feature film debut in the direct to video horror flick "13th Child" (2002). Daly favored much better on television, making appearances on such comedy favorites as "Parks and Recreation" (NBC, 2009-2015), "Happy Endings" (ABC, 2011-2013), and "Betas" (Amazon, 2013-2014). 2013 proved to be a breakout year for Daly, as he appeared in a supporting role in Ben Stiller's high profile remake of "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" (2013), and played various characters on Nick Kroll's cult favorite sketch comedy program "Kroll Show" (Comedy Central, 2013-2015). Following a cameo in the Coen Brothers' Hollywood farce "Hail, Caesar!" (2016), and guest appearances on "Archer" (FX, 2009-2016/FXX, 2017-), "Lady Dynamite" (Netflix, 2016-), and "New Girl" (FOX, 2011-), Daly was cast in two high-profile projects that paid homage to his comedy heroes. First, he portrayed a young Bill Murray in David Wain's National Lampoon biopic, "A Futile and Stupid Gesture" (2017), then he took a supporting role in the TV series "I'm Dying Up Here" (Showtime, 2017-), a semi-fictionalized take on the L.A. standup comedy scene of the late 1970s.