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Jonah Ray

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Years active  2004–present
Movies  Mama's Boy
Height  1.96 m
Role  Actor
Name  Jonah Ray

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Full Name  Jonah Ray Rodrigues
Born  August 3, 1982 (age 33) (1982-08-03) Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.
Occupation  Actor, comedian, writer
Similar People  Matt Mira, Kumail Nanjiani, Chris Hardwick, Baron Vaughn, Kurt Braunohler
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Jonah Ray Rodrigues (born August 3, 1982) is an American actor, comedian and writer from Los Angeles. Currently he stars as the new host of the revival of Mystery Science Theater 3000. He is one of the three hosts of The Nerdist Podcast and the co-host of Comedy Central's The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail.

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Life and career

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Originally from Kailua, Hawaii on the island of Oahu, Ray played in local Hawaii rock/punk bands and later moved to Los Angeles. Once there he first pursued opportunities in punk rock, but later started to focus on writing and performing comedy.

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Ray started his TV career as a writer's assistant for The Andy Milonakis Show, as well as working as a writer and performer on Showtime's sketch comedy pilot The Offensive Show. He is also a frequent sketch and stand-up performer at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in Los Angeles and has made appearances on programs such as Saul of the Molemen, Crossballs, The Sarah Silverman Program, and Jimmy Kimmel Live! He also hosted "Joe Genius", an online program about humor and homegrown science, on Revision3. Previously, he worked as a writer and occasional voice actor on Current TV's program SuperNews!. He previously wrote for Web Soup on the G4 network, and then The Soup on E!. He left The Soup in 2012.

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Ray hosts a weekly comedy show called The Meltdown with Kumail Nanjiani, produced by Nanjiani's wife, Emily Gordon, at Meltdown Comics in Los Angeles. In Late June 2013 Comedy Central announced a television production of the show titled The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail, which debuted in July 2014.

Ray is one of Chris Hardwick's co-hosts of The Nerdist Podcast and television show. In February 2011, Ray revealed on an episode of the podcast that "Jonah's Arcade", a video gaming-comedy pilot he created and stars in, was not picked up by Comedy Central. The pilot was later released on YouTube, produced by the same producers of Web Soup.

In October 2012, Ray began hosting his own podcast Jonah Raydio featuring guests from various independent music scenes. Regular contributors and guests on the show include Man Man, Andrew Jackson Jihad, Pup, and Har Mar Superstar.

On a 2014 episode of his podcast, Ray announced the launch of his own record label through ATS, Literally Figurative Records, a comedy/music label aimed to feature "a comic on one side and band they are friends with on the other."

On November 16, 2015, Mystery Science Theater 3000 creator Joel Hodgson announced plans for Ray to host the series' upcoming continuation. The series was funded through a successful Kickstarter campaign, and was released internationally by Netflix on April 14, 2017.

Releases

Ray recorded a seven-inch record of his stand-up comedy for AST Records entitled "This is Crazy Mixed-up Plumbing", released in 2006. He followed this up with his second release entitled "Hello, Mr. Magic Plane Person, Hello" on May 15, 2012, which received mixed reviews.

Ray had several videos from South by Southwest on comedy website Super Deluxe as well as his own web-series called "The Freeloaders Guide To Easy Living with Jonah Ray".

References

Jonah Ray Wikipedia


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