Ep 35: David Pasquesi (Actor/improviser)

Vintage Annals Archive Outsider Podcast

May 29 2023 • 1 hr

Ep 35: David Pasquesi (Actor/improviser)

I identify as an empath and I can spot a rare show like Lodge 49 and a rare talent like David Pasquesi's in which everyone is playing at the top of their game, and especially David. I was so impressed by David's authentic performance in Lodge 49 that I had to reach out to him for an interview, and I am very glad I did. We talked about his long and varied improv theater career including his work with with the groundbreaking TJ and Dave, what is was like to be taught by Del Close, why David loves being a Chicago based actor and working with friends like Joel Murray, Amy Sedaris, and Stephen Colbert over the years, and then we just have a very real conversation overall. Please take some time to dig into his past work, and keep an eye out for his amazing work to come.

David Pasquesi is an American actor and comedian. His screen credits include Groundhog Day, Strangers with Candy, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Return to Me, The Ice Harvest, Veep, At Home with Amy Sedaris, Lodge 49, and The Book of Boba Fett.

Pasquesi was born in Chicago and raised in Lake Bluff, Illinois. He graduated from Lake Forest High School. He wrote for Exit 57 and Strangers with Candy, co-wrote and appeared in the Spike TV series Factory, and co-wrote and co-starred in Cop Show. He co-created and co-wrote the new show Merkin Penal. Similarly to his role of "Meat Man Stew" in Strangers With Candy, Pasquesi plays "Knife Man" in At Home with Amy Sedaris. Pasquesi has performed at The Second City, iO Theater, Improv Institute, and studied under Del Close in the early 80s and became part of the first iO Harold team "Baron's Barracudas". He appeared in four mainstage revues at Second City as well as in plays at the Steppenwolf Theatre and the Goodman Theatre.

In 2009, he played a supporting role in the Harold Ramis film Year One as the Prime Minister of Sodom. Pasquesi was a cast member in the Chicago premiere of Yasmina Reza's God of Carnage at the Goodman Theatre. Since 2002, he has been performing with T. J. Jagodowski in the all improvised show "TJ and Dave". In 2006 they began an Off Broadway run, performing monthly at The Barrow Street Theatre in New York City. The Chicago Reader has described the show as "an hour of subtle character development, verbal facility, and pantomimic agility that anticipates and plays off the audience's reactions." Guests of the show include August: Osage County's Tracy Letts, Academy Award Nominee Michael Shannon, SNL's Mike O'Brien, and Absinthe's Jet Eveleth. The 2009 South by Southwest Film festival included the documentary Trust Us, This is All Made Up directed by Alex Karpovsky, which chronicles a "T.J. and Dave" performance.

Songs used

Richie by BJ Snowden


I Never Feel Alone (Instrumental)

There Was a Light (Instrumental)


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