Hal Sparks Facts

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1. Hal Sparks was born on September 25, 1969 in Cincinnati, Ohio, but grew up in the small community of Peaks Mill, Kentucky.

2. He is known for his contributions to VH1, hosting E!’s Talk Soup, and the roles of Michael Novotny on the television series Queer as Folk and as Donald Davenport in Disney’s Lab Rats.

3. Sparks began preforming stand up comedy by the age of 15, despite initial opposition from his father.

4. He grew up without a television until the age of 15 and would get entertainment from listening to comedy records and old radio.

5. He got discovered at the age of 17 when he won the title of “Chicago’s Funniest Teenager” from the Chicago Sun-Times in 1987.

6. Became the youngest game show host in history as host of the 1988 syndicated kids game show “Treasure Mall.”

7. Moved to Los Angeles after graduating high school and got big break 10 years later when he was hired to host Talk Soup in 1999.

8. He appeared in the 2000 cult comedy Dude, Where’s My Car as Zolton the leader and made a cameo in Spider-Man 2 (2004) as the man in the elevator who says “cool Spidey outfit”

9. Sparks lives a straight-edged life, as he abstains from alcohol and tobacco.

10. He has studied martial arts since the age of 8 years old and holds belts in Karate, Tae Kwon Do and presently studies Kung-Fu.

11. Can speak Mandarin Chinese.

12. Debut comedy special Charmageddon was released in 2010 on Showtime. 

13. He is a contributing political blogger to the Huffinton Post.

14. Sparks can play six different instruments (guitar, bass, piano, mandolin, banjo and saxophone) and is the lead singer and guitarist of a metal band called “Zero 1.”

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