For over 14 years, from the stage to the silver screen, Stephen Rannazzisi has made audiences laugh. Rannazzisi emerged on the scene in Los Angeles after leaving a desk job in New York where he grew up. The Long Island native graduated from the State University of New York at Purchase, majoring in Theater and Film. Pursuing his dream, Rannazzisi moved to Los Angeles and began performing at the world- famous Comedy Store on Sunset Blvd. where he honed his skills amongst comedy veterans such as Eddie Griffin, Joe Rogan, and Andrew Dice Clay. He quickly caught the attention of Ashton Kutcher and got his first taste of television as a cast member on MTV’s Punk’d in 2003.
After his success on Punk’d, he was cast as a series regular on the ABC sitcom Big Day, opposite Krysten Ritter. Further proving his comedic acting ability, ABC again cast Steve in See Jayne Run, where he co-starred with Heather Locklear. Rannazzisi has also appeared in Kitchen Confidential alongside Bradley Cooper, Samantha Who? with Christina Applegate and additional shows such as State of Romance, Love Bites, Trust Me, Outsourced and his own web series, Daddy Knows Best. Rannazzisi will next be seen on Fox’s New Girl alongside Jake Johnson, Fred Armisen, Max Greenfield, Hannah Simone, and Lamorne Morris.
Along with his flourishing career in television, Rannazzisi is also a prolific standup comedian. His standup has appeared on Comedy Central’s Premium Blend and is featured in the standup special Pauly Shore & Friends. He released his own special in 2013 called Steve Rannazzisi: Manchild which aired on Comedy Central and received 4.5/5 stars on Amazon. He is currently traversing the country for his Strawberry Blonde Ambition Tour and will be releasing a special for Comedy Central later this year. On the silver screen, Rannazzisi appeared in the 2009 blockbuster comedy smash hit Paul Blart: Mall Cop alongside Kevin James and Jayma Mays. He also appeared in the family comedy Imagine That, with Eddie Murphy in 2009 and For Your Consideration, a comedy set in the mid-1940s with Catherine O’Hara and Eugene Levy.
A diehard NY Giants, Yankees, Knicks and Rangers fan, Rannazzisi currently resides in New York and Los Angeles with his family.