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1. Billy Gardell was born on Aug. 20, 1969 in Swissvale, PA.
2. His idol growing up was legendary actor and comedian Jackie Gleason.
3. Moved to Orlando, FL in 1980 when parents divorced.
4. Started doing stand up comedy based on a dare and made his debut performance at an open-mic night at Bonkerz Comedy Club in East Orlando on Dec. 28, 1987.
5. Later started performing opening acts at Bonkerz for Jerry Seinfeld, Andrew Dice Clay, Tom Rhodes and Drew Carey, and eventually began opening for Dennis Miller and George Carlin.
6. Gardell credits his grandmother for his career saying “she told me when I was 8 years old that I would be a comic.”
7. Made motion pitcure debut alongside Anthony Quinn and Slyvester Stallone in the 2002 film Avenging Angelo.
8. Has appeared in several feature films including Bad Santa (2003) and You, Me and Dupree (2006), as well as numerous tv shows such as The King of Queens, My Name Is Earl, Lucky and Yes, Dear.
9. His first comedy album, Billy Gardell: Throwback was released in 2006.
10. Big break came in September of 2010 with the hit CBS television show Mike & Molly which he stars in alongside Melissa McCarthy.
11. His hilarious comedy special Halftime was released in 2011 on Comedy Central.
12. Gardell was a voice actor in the 2011 TV Short Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas.
13. He created a stand up special on Showtime called Billy Gardell Presents Road Dogs.
14. Hosts the 2015 syndicated lottery game show Monopoly Millionaires’ Club.