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Rory Scovel

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Nationality  American
Role  Comedian ·
Years active  2004–present
Medium  Stand-up comedy
Albums  Dilation
Name  Rory Scovel

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Influences  David Cross, Tig Notaro, Maria Bamford Steve Martin, Bill Hicks, Reggie Watts
Movies and TV shows  Ground Floor, Is There?: Todd Glass For Glsen, The No Look Dunk, The One
Influenced by  Tig Notaro, Maria Bamford, David Cross, Steve Martin, Bill Hicks
Similar People  Tig Notaro, Maria Bamford, David Cross, Bill Hicks, Steve Martin

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Rory Scovel (born August 6, 1980) is an American comedian, writer and actor from Greenville, South Carolina. He currently lives in Los Angeles.


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Early life

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Scovel was born in Greenville, South Carolina, where he grew up, and played basketball, tennis, and soccer. He has described himself as hyperactive and the class clown.

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Rory attended St. Mary's Catholic School, then Christ Church Episcopal School, from kindergarten through 8th grade and Greenville High School for high school.

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Rory graduated in 2003 with a Communications Degree from University of South Carolina Upstate. While there, he played soccer for all four years. A year later, he began his standup career.


Scovel first performed at open mic nights in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Soon after, Scovel moved to and started his career in Washington D.C., where he performed for three years. He then moved to New York City where he performed for three years until he moved to Los Angeles where he now lives.

In 2006, Scovel participated in the Seattle International Comedy Competition where he made it to the finals.

In 2011, Scovel performed on Conan with comedian Jon Dore using the premise that the show accidentally booked two comedians. Scovel also released his first stand-up album with Stand Up! Records called Dilation. Scovel and the record were named by The Huffington Post as one of fourteen in their "Guide To New Comedy Albums of 2011".

In 2012, Scovel was named in the 10 Comics to Watch by Variety magazine.

Scovel has opened for comedians such as Louis C.K., Nick Swardson, and Daniel Tosh. He has also performed at the Montreal Just for Laughs Festival, the FYF Fest with many other famous Los Angeles comedians, the Vancouver Comedy Festival, the Del Close Improv Marathon, the Bumbershoot Festival, and the Chicago Improv Festival.

In 2013, Scovel performed a show at Third Man Records, Jack White's record label. The show was recorded to tape and transferred to vinyl. There is no digital version of this recording.


Scovel has appeared on several popular podcasts, including Comedy Bang! Bang! with Scott Aukerman, Doug Loves Movies with Doug Benson, Sklarbro Country with The Sklar Brothers, The Nerdist Podcast with Chris Hardwick, You Made It Weird with Pete Holmes, Maximum Fun's Stop Podcasting Yourself, The Dead Authors Podcast with Paul F. Tompkins, The Dollop live at the 2016 Riot LA Comedy Festival with Dave Anthony and Gareth Reynolds, The Todd Glass Show, and WTF with Marc Maron.


  • Dilation (2011)
  • Rory Scovel Live at Third Man Records (2013)
  • References

    Rory Scovel Wikipedia