Andy Kindler
Kindler in 2019
Born (1956-10-16) October 16, 1956 (age 65)
Queens, New York, U.S.[1]
Alma materBinghamton University
OccupationComedian
Years active1987–present

Andy Kindler (born October 16, 1956) is an American comedian from Queens, New York.[2] He played the character "Andy", a fellow sportswriter and friend of sportswriter "Ray Barone" (Ray Romano) on the TV show Everybody Loves Raymond, was a regular guest on Late Show with David Letterman, contributor to The Daily Show and has performed on HBO. Kindler frequently performs as a voice actor in animated television series from producer Loren Bouchard, including roles on Dr. Katz, Home Movies and the recurring character of Mort, the mortician, on Bob's Burgers.

Early life and education

Kindler was born and raised in Queens, New York. He attended Binghamton University, and originally intended on becoming a classical musician. While in college, Kindler performed in theatre productions. After graduating, Kindler moved to Los Angeles. He began performing stand-up in 1984.[3][4]

Kindler is Jewish.[5] Kindler's mother and sister died within weeks of one another in the late 2010s.[6] His mother was 90 years old and had become a Quaker before her death.[6]

Career

Stand up

His material often covers the comedy industry itself, criticizing other comedians for being too predictable. At his annual state of the industry address at Montreal's "Just for Laughs" festival in 2012, he criticized Dane Cook, Louis C.K., Chelsea Handler and Jay Leno.[7]

In 2010, Kindler was a judge on the stand-up reality show Last Comic Standing.[8] In 2018 he hosted the live taping of Megan Koester's comedy album "Tertium Non Datur," released in January 2019 by ASpecialThing Records.[9][10] Kindler has hosted season four and five (2018–19) of the Hulu standup series, Coming to the Stage.[11]

In 1996, he offered $1 million to anyone who could produce a video showing where Whoopi Goldberg was funny.[12][13]

In 2010, Kindler released his first album, I Wish I Was Bitter, recorded in 2003.[14] He followed this with Hence the Humor on May 8, 2020.[6]

Acting

In 2010 he appeared on several episodes of Wizards of Waverly Place as Chancellor Tootietootie.[15]

Kindler is often thought to have portrayed the character of "Jamison" in the World Wrestling Federation, but the character was portrayed by a different actor by the name of John DiGiacomo.[16][17] He plays a fictionalized version of himself in the IFC series Maron.[18]

Kindler currently co-hosts the weekly podcast Thought Spiral with friend and fellow comedian J. Elvis Weinstein. He also appeared numerous times on The Majority Report with Sam Seder.

Filmography

Andy Kindler television work
Year Title Role Notes
1993 Martin Salesman Episode: "To Kill a Talking Bird"
1994 Muddling Through Beer Distributor Episode: "It's a Date"
1995–1997 Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist Andy (voice) 3 episodes
1995 The Larry Sanders Show Himself Episode: "Conflict of Interest"
1996–2005 Everybody Loves Raymond Andy 27 episodes
1997 Ellen Hesh Finkleman Episode: "Ellen Unplugged"
1999 The Dick & Paula Celebrity Special Himself (voice) 6 episodes
2001–2002 Raising Dad Mr. Travers 16 episodes
2002–2004 Home Movies Arnold Lindenson (voice) 4 episodes
2004 Significant Others Doug 4 episodes
2009–2012 Wizards of Waverly Place Chancellor Tootietootie 6 episodes
2010 'Til Death Barry Episode: "Perfect Couple"
2011–present Bob's Burgers Mort (voice) 52 episodes
2011 The Life & Times of Tim Rabbi (voice) Episode: "Percey Davis Boulevard/Cool Uncle Stu Balls"
2013–2016 Maron Himself 12 episodes
2013 Crash & Bernstein Andy Episode: "Crashy McSmartypants"
2014 The Neighbors Henry Episode: "Oscar Party"
2014 Garfunkel and Oates Michael Andrew Carson Episode: "Road Warriors"
2015 Sirens Bobby Episode: "No Love"
2015–2016 Harvey Beaks Easy (voice) 2 episodes
2016 Lady Dynamite Himself Episode: "Jack and Diane"
2018 Another Period Barker Episode: "Sex Nickelodeon"
2018 Portlandia Dr. Benz Episode: "Long Way Back"
2018 I'm Dying Up Here Morris 3 episodes
2020 The Fiddling Horse Barry Bitterman

References

  1. ^ "Andy Kindler, Comedian and Actor". Archived from the original on May 7, 2015. Retrieved November 12, 2015.
  2. ^ "Comedy-Contact Biography Page". Archived from the original on September 28, 2007. Retrieved October 23, 2007.
  3. ^ "Andy Kindler: The Curmudgeonly Comic". STAND UP SANTA CRUZ. Retrieved April 10, 2020.
  4. ^ Johnson, Seth. "An Interview with Andy Kindler". NUVO. Retrieved April 10, 2020.
  5. ^ Kindler, Andy [@andykindler] (July 8, 2017). "I'm Jewish. Is Judaism a bad religion? Let's see you start tweeting that. Your bigotry is offensive.twitter.com/kamasse81/status/883858440707297281 …" (Tweet) – via Twitter.[non-primary source needed]
  6. ^ a b c Maron, Marc (May 7, 2020). "Liz Garbus / Andy Kindler". WTF with Marc Maron. Retrieved May 7, 2020.
  7. ^ "Audio interview: Andy Kindler goes after Louis C.K., state of comedy and more (Exclusive)". Laughspin. Archived from the original on June 17, 2013. Retrieved April 25, 2013.
  8. ^ Burke, David. "Kindler looks back fondly as 'Comic' judge". The Quad-City Times. Retrieved March 3, 2019.
  9. ^ Weekly, L. A. (May 1, 2018). "15 Best Things to Do in L.A. This Week". L.A. Weekly. Retrieved March 3, 2019.
  10. ^ records, aspecialthing. "aspecialthing records | NEWS | OUT TODAY – "TERTIUM NON DATUR"". astrecords.virb.com. Retrieved March 3, 2019.
  11. ^ "JFL NorthWest Comedians talk Context in Comedy". Vancouver Weekly. February 1, 2019. Retrieved March 3, 2019.
  12. ^ Getlen, Larry. The Comic Who Calls Louis C.K. 'Pretentious' and Jimmy Fallon a 'Phony'. New York Post, May 15, 2015, https://nypost.com/2015/05/16/the-comic-who-calls-louis-c-k-pretentious-and-jimmy-fallon-a-phony/ Accessed May 16, 2015
  13. ^ Keepnews, Peter (August 6, 2005). "In One Comic's View, His Own Industry Is the Joke". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved April 10, 2020.
  14. ^ Bacon, Caleb (January 27, 2010). "DVD Review: Andy Kindler's I Wish I Was Bitter". LAist. Retrieved May 7, 2020.[permanent dead link]
  15. ^ Wizards of Waverly Place (TV Series 2007–2012) – IMDb, retrieved March 3, 2019
  16. ^ "February Made Me Shiver". Andy Kindler's Hot Off The Shtick.
  17. ^ "Under the Ring: An interview with Jameson, part 1". pojoslam.blogspot.com.
  18. ^ "Maron". IFC. Retrieved May 23, 2013.