In a world of few absolutes, this is one: KEVIN MEANEY was born to entertain. From his earliest days as a singing altar boy at Mass, he's gone on to achieve mass approval for his singular brand of comedy that includes acting out stories, musical flights of fancy and telling tales on the family. As the Washington Post said, "Picture the precocious love child of Jonathan Winters and Ethel Merman and you have some idea of Kevin Meaney's act." It's no wonder then that he's one of the top draws on the comedy scene today spreading goodwill and madcap humor wherever he goes.
Recent credits include starring in his own half-hour comedy special for Comedy Central in ' 99 and opening on Broadway for pal Jerry Seinfeld at the Broadhurst Theatre in a very successful pairing in ' 98.
From his early years doing stand-up in San Francisco and Boston (his two comedy homes) he's gone on to become a top headliner on the club circuit and has amassed an impressive list of credits along the way. His first HBO special in ' 86 catapulted him to the forefront of the comedy scene. That same year he was cast in the feature film, "Big" opposite Tom Hanks. In ' 90 - ' 91 KEVIN starred in the CBS sitcom, "Uncle Buck," a spin-off series based on the John Candy film. His second HBO special soon followed along with appearances on "Letterman", "Good Morning America," "Live With Regis And Kathie Lee" and more. Among KEVIN's proudest achievements are his dozen appearances on "The Tonight Show," many with Johnny Carson behind the desk...a true Holy Grail for stand-ups. In addition, he's an Emmy winner from his appearance on the San Francisco PBS show, "Comedy Tonight" and he hosted the Cable ACE award-winning series, "London Underground."
In 1996, KEVIN wrote, produced and starred in a one-man autobiographical play titled, "Vegas Vows," which premiered at the prestigious U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen before going on to a successful summer run in Boston. "Vegas Vows" recounted and ill-fated weekend in Las Vegas in which KEVIN met and married a woman the same night (at a drive through wedding chapel, no less!) and the complications that arose with the sobering dawn of the new day. Steve Martin called it, "The most innovative, heart-rending and funny show I've seen in a long, long time."
Known for drawing upon his family relationships for much of his material, KEVIN has made such lines as "That's not right" and "We're big pants people" (delivered in the tremulous voice of his mother) catch-phrases for hilarity. People tell him all the time that his travails with mom, dad, and siblings and, of course, Aunt Rose, remind them of their own families. At present, he can be seen in Toronto in the musical HAIRSPRAY.
So, Big Pants People of the world unite...your leader is here, his name is KEVIN MEANEY and he's on a mission of mirth!