Brian Stack Bio, Age, Wife, Children, Career, Awards, Net Worth, Height

Brian Stack Biography

Brian Stack is an American actor, comedian, and writer best known for his sketch comedy work on all three Conan O’Brien late-night talk shows, previously working on Late Night with Conan O’Brien and The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien, and on O’Brien’s current talk show, Conan on TBS. Stack left Conan in April 2015 to join the writing staff of the CBS series The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

Brian Stack Age

Brian Stack was born on 18 August 1964, Chicago, Illinois, United States. He is 54 years old as of 2018.

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Brian Stack Education

Brian Stack was born in Chicago, Illinois. He attended Catholic schools from grades 5-12, graduating from St. Viator High School in Arlington Heights, Illinois. Stack earned an undergraduate degree from Indiana University, where he was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa.

He worked at the college radio station and drew cartoons/illustrations for the Indiana Daily Student. He began doing improvisational comedy, or improve, in 1987 at the Ark Theater in Madison, Wisconsin, while attending graduate school at University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Brian Stack Wife

Brian Stack wife is Miriam Tolan. She is an actress, known for The Dictator (2012), The Heat (2013) and Rough Night (2017).

Brian Stack Children

Brian Stack and his wife Miriam Tolan are blessed with two daughters, Collete Brian, and Nora Brian.

Brian Stack Net Worth

Brian Stack net worth is underreview.

Brian Stack Height

Brian Stack stands tall at a height 1.60m.

Brian Stack Career

Brian Stack got his start in comedy with the improv comedy troupe The Second City.

Late Night with Conan O’Brien

Brian Stack became a sketch writer on Late Night with Conan O’Brien in 1997 and served as a writer and actor on the show. He first appeared on screen when one of the writers asked him to play a doctor in a sketch in which he had no dialogue.

One of the first characters he did on the show was Bathtime Bob the Hygiene Cowboy, who sang about bath time, but like many of Stack’s characters, he had a very dark, tragic underbelly to his upbeat nature. He had previously tried to develop this character at Second City, but it never appeared in any shows.

Brian Stack remained with O’Brien after O’Brien’s move to The Tonight Show in 2009. Stack played many recurring characters on the show, most notably those clad in anachronistic or elaborate outfits, and was known for playing many characters with long beards and mustaches, such as God, Zeus, Socrates, Gandalf, Dumbledore, and The Interrupter. Jeff Loveness of Jimmy Kimmel Live has observed of Stack’s characters that there was “such sadness to each character, but they would not acknowledge their sadness”, an assessment that Stack agrees with.

Brian Stack has further explained that “My favorite kind of comedy on the late night has always been the non-topical silly stuff where it’s not really at anybody’s expense. My least favorite kind of joke is a celebrity joke, because it tends to be very familiar or sometimes very mean, and if it’s not mean it doesn’t even work, usually.

But my favorite kind of comedy on late night is at no one’s expense but the character that’s involved in the sketch where you’re not really going after anybody.” Stack made occasional appearances on The Tonight Show, such as when he played an NRA spokesman who intimates violence to accomplish his agenda.

Stack has also been portrayed in the following shows:

  • Kilty McBagpipes, an extremely stereotypical Scottish man who dresses in a kilt and dances to bagpipe music.
  • Frankenstein, a smiling, affable version of Frankenstein’s Monster, used in a number of miscellaneous sketches over the years, most notably a recurring sketch called “Frankenstein Wastes A Minute of our Time”, in which the monster takes a winding journey through Studio 6A, sometimes traveling backstage, through the audience, and out into the halls, egging on the camera to follow behind him, until he reaches his destination and presents something totally mundane, such as a light switch, or a mop and bucket.
  • Hannigan the Traveling Salesman, a hat-wearing traveling salesman in outdated clothing who bursts into the studio, addresses Conan as “little girl”, and runs through a scripted sales pitch in an attempt to sell Conan unfunny jokes, sketch ideas and other useless home products. 
  • Artie Kendall the Ghost Crooner, the ghost of an old-fashioned lounge singer who worked in the studio decades ago when it was a radio studio, and whose song lyrics reflect antiquated bigoted and sexist views that offend Conan.
  • The Interrupter, a melodramatic villain clad in a black cape, a purple ruffled shirt, and wearing long black hair and a handlebar mustache, the Interrupter constantly interrupts Conan by finishing his sentences for him, always knowing exactly what Conan is going to say, even when it’s denigrating to the Interrupter himself. Occasionally, if the sketch runs long enough, the roles will eventually become reversed, with the Interrupter starting sentences and Conan doing the interrupting. 
  • Brian Slipnut, a member of The Slipnutz (also known as They Might be Slipnutz), a comedy group of three men (Stack, Andy Blitz, Jon Glaser) that was inconveniently booked on the same show with Slipknot, (and later with They Might Be Giants).
  • Clive Clemmons, British heavy metal guitar legend with his own channel filled with his favorite inappropriate responses from everyday life.
  • Bullet Proof Legs Assassin, a man dressed in all black who always shoots the “Bullet Proof Legs Guys” at the end of every sketch.
  • Steve St. Helens, a stagehand on the show whose temper rises until he erupts. The character first appeared when Mt. St. Helens began showing activity in early 2005.

Brian Stack The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

After fellow Second City alumnus Stephen Colbert succeeded David Letterman as the host of the CBS series Late Show, Stack left Conan and returned to New York to take a job on the Late Show writing staff. He voices the characters of “Cartoon Donald Trump”, “God,” and “The Ghost of Abraham Lincoln” on the show.

Brian Stack Other work

  • Stack “Whiskers” in Robert Smigel’s TV series.
  • Played Howard Jorgensen on the NBC sitcom 30 Rock
  • Stack provided voices for numerous characters in the video games Deer Avenger (1998) and Deer Avenger 2.
  • Stack is a frequent performer in the ASSSSCAT improvisational comedy show at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in New York and Los Angeles.

Brian Stack Awards

  • As a member of Late Nights writing staff, Stack won five Writers Guild Awards for Writing in a Comedy/Variety Series for 2000, 2002, 2003, 2005 and 2006. He was also nominated in 1999, 2001, and 2004.
  • Stack was also nominated for an Emmy Award every year since 1998 for Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program as a member of the writing team, winning in 2007.