Kevin Nealon clearly set himself apart from other performers with his unique sense of humor, profound dry wit and likeable demeanor. As a cast member on Saturday Night Live (nine seasons, 1986-1995), Kevin is remembered for such well known characters as The Subliminal Man, Hans and Franz, as well as his stint as the Weekend Update anchor. Some of Kevin’s other favorite SNL characters and skits were: Larry King, Sam Donaldson, Mr. No Depth Perception, and Ganon P.I.,P.I.
In 1988 Kevin Nealon was nominated for an Emmy Award as part of the SNL writing team. Kevin’s film credits include Happy Gilmore, The Wedding Singer, Little Nicky, John Waters’ Cecil B. Demented, and Roxanne. His television career has encompassed the series Conspiracy Zone, Hiller and Diller, and Champs. Kevin has made guest appearances on Heartbreakers, Dharma and Greg, Third Rock From the Sun, Three Sisters and The Outer Limits. Kevin has also been featured in specials on every major cable network and is a regular guest on talk shows, including The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Late Show with David Letterman.
Born and raised in Bridgeport, Connecticut, Kevin Nealon devoted himself to art and sports and got his first taste of performing as a teenager in various garage bands. After graduating from Sacred Heart University with a degree in marketing, Kevin spent his time traveling throughout the United States and Europe. Eventually, he settled in Los Angeles to what he refers to as “a career in part-time jobs.”
After several grueling years of slugging it out on the nightclub circuit, Kevin Nealon finally made it to the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson in 1984. Simply put, his standup killed that night. After a commercial break, Carson passed over his final guest to have Kevin come back out and sit on the panel -a true benchmark in any comedian’s career.
In the summer of 1986, Kevin’s friend Dana Carvey was contacted by Saturday Night Live and eventually recruited as a cast member. He recommended Kevin, who was hired that same year as a writer and featured performer, making the move to full time cast member in the 1987-1988 season. The rest, as they say, is history.
Kevin Nealon lives in the Lake Tahoe area. He spends his spare time protecting animal interests and donating time to local shelters. He was most recently on the big screen in Anger Management with Adam Sandler, Jack Nicholson, John Turturro, Marisa Tomei and John C. Reilly and in Daddy Day Care with Eddie Murphy.