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    Rick Shapiro

    4/13/1959

    Rick Shapiro

    Biography

    Rick Shapiro (born April 13, 1959) is a Los Angeles-based comedian and actor. He started his career in the early 1980s as a comedian at Catch A Rising Star on Broadway. Besides performing regularly on stage, throughout the 1990s he acted and starred in numerous films by Louis CK, including Tomorrow Night. Additionally, he portrayed the re-occurring character "Angry Poet" in Late Night with Conan O'Brien. In 1998, Shapiro released his first comedy CD called Unconditional Love, which Billboard called "hard-edged and uncompromising". In the 2000s, he performed stand-up comedy nationally and internationally, debuting a one-man show in 2007 in the Edinburgh Festival, and touring Australia in 2009. He had his first video game appearance in 2008, portraying the character Mason Waylon on the radio station PLR in Grand Theft Auto IV, a guest on a talk show who eventually drills holes in the heads of the two other guests. In 2014–15, he appeared in the role of Marc Maron's eccentric neighbor, Bernie, in the IFC comedy series Maron. In film, his roles include Top Five by Chris Rock, portraying T-Rick in the movie Project X, and acting in the German comedy Timeless. His known TV role is as Jerry in Lucky Louie by Louis C.K. on HBO. Additionally, he appears in a scene originally filmed for the pilot of Louie. His first book Unfiltered, containing over 200 previously unreleased writings, was released in 2012 along with his second CD, Catalyst for Change. In 2013, he was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.

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