Tony Barbieri
Anthony J. Barbieri

(1963-08-26) August 26, 1963 (age 60)
  • Comedian
  • writer
Years active1988–present
Known forAppearances as "Jake Byrd" on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Anthony J. Barbieri (born August 26, 1963) is an American comedic writer and performer. He is known for his appearances as the Jimmy Kimmel Live! character "Jake Byrd".[1]


Barbieri was the writer of the monthly satirical Monroe comic strip for Mad Magazine from 1997 to 2010.[2]

In 1999, he got his first writer's credit for television while working on The Man Show. Barbieri went on to write for the sitcoms That's My Bush! and That '80s Show.

The Big Three

Barbieri was part of a comedy team known as "The Big Three" with Perry Caravello and Don Barris. In 2003, the trio starred in the Comedy Central reality movie Windy City Heat, directed by Bobcat Goldthwait and written by Barris and Barbieri, and Jimmy Kimmel. The movie was an elaborate prank on Caravello who was under the impression he had landed his first starring role in a major motion picture.[3]

In 2010, Caravello, Barris and Barbieri started a weekly comedy podcast called The Big 3 Podcast, on Adam Carolla's ACE Broadcasting Network.[4] In 2011 the show moved to Barris' own network,[5] before ending in April 2015.[6]

Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Barbieri began writing for Jimmy Kimmel Live! in 2003, and in 2004 started appearing on the show as the character Jake Byrd.[7] Byrd is portrayed as a good-natured man obsessed with celebrities, and his bits involve him satirizing excessive media attention to celebrity spectacles such as the Michael Jackson trial or the arrest of Paris Hilton. Byrd usually interacts with the fans while they are being interviewed by the media or inserts himself into press conferences. He has successfully fooled major media outlets into thinking he is a real person, including The New York Times, who quoted him in a May 1, 2004 article about the Michael Jackson trial, before running a redact five days later noting that he was a character.[8] Despite this, the Times wrote again about him, as if he were a real person, during the 2007 O. J. Simpson robbery case.[9]

In 2008 Barbieri won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics for the Jimmy Kimmel Live! song "I'm F**king Matt Damon". He was nominated for another Emmy in 2013 as part of Kimmel's writing staff for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series.[10]


The following list includes shows or films in which he has a small, but credited, role as a writer or actor.


  1. ^ "Fake 'Jake Byrd' Crashed Bernie Rally: He's Tony Barbieri of 'Kimmel'". May 26, 2016.
  2. ^ "Tony Barbieri". IMDb.
  3. ^ "What YouTube Pranksters Could Learn from 'Windy City Heat'". March 7, 2018.
  4. ^ "The Big 3 Podcast Premeire". The Big Three Podcast. October 15, 2010. Archived from the original on October 16, 2021. Retrieved October 16, 2021.
  5. ^ "The Big Goodbye". The Big Three Podcast. August 5, 2011.
  6. ^ "For Real ... The Final Podcast". The Big Three Podcast. April 24, 2015.
  7. ^ "Tony Barbieri". IMDb.
  8. ^ "Jackson, on Time to Hearing, Pleads Not Guilty". The New York Times. May 1, 2004.
  9. ^ Friess, Steve (September 20, 2007). "O.J. Simpson Released on Bail". New York Times. Retrieved February 23, 2020.
  10. ^ "Tony Barbieri". IMDb.