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Nick Swardson


Nicholas Roger “Nick” Swardson (born October 9, 1976) is an American actor, stand-up comedian, screenwriter and producer. He is best known for his recurring role as Terry Bernardino in the comedy series Reno 911!, for his work with Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison Productions, and for his own personal sketch comedy series Nick Swardson’s Pretend Time. nickswardson2-230x300 In 2001 Swardson’s stand-up act was featured in a half-hour Comedy Central Presents special.  He appeared on the show a second time in 2006 — a performance that was featured on the DVD compilation The Best of Comedy Central Presents: Uncensored II released in 2008. In 2003 Swardson co-wrote the screenplay for Malibu’s Most Wanted along with the film’s star Jamie Kennedy and Adam Small.  That same year he took on the role of Terry Bernadino on the Comedy Central series Reno 911!. nickswardson12-230x300 A recurring character throughout the series’ run from 2003 to 2009 — in addition to appearing in the film Reno 911!: Miami — Swardson played the role of a flamboyant gigolo who was often seen wearing roller skates. 2003 also marked the beginning of a longtime working relationship and friendship with Adam Sandler. After having seen Swardson’s Comedy Central special, Sandler contacted Swardson to ask if he’d be interested in collaborating;  Swardson’s first project with Sandler was co-writing the screenplay for Grandma’s Boy — Swardson also co-produced and had an acting role in the film which was released in 2006. nickswardson54-300x225 In 2004 Swardson wrote, produced and starred in a TV show pilot for Comedy Central called Gay Robot, which was based on a comedy bit by the same name that appeared on Adam Sandler’s fifth album, Shh…Don’t Tell; Comedy Central, however, decided to pass on the TV project.  Swardson then had intentions on making it an animated show, but the show never came to fruition. A copy of the live-action pilot was however made available on MySpace in January 2007. Swardson also resurrected the Gay Robot character on his Comedy Central Series Nick Swardson’s Pretend Time. Swardson’s sketch comedy show Nick Swardson’s Pretend Time, premiered on Comedy Central on October 12, 2010 and ran for two seasons. The show was produced in conjunction with Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison Productions. On February 6, 2012 Swardson announced via his Facebook page that there would not be a third season; in his post Swardson stated that “the ratings were solid but it was too expensive for the network and tough creatively,” and added that he was “developing a new show where I play a ninja.”  In 2011 Swardson starred in, co-wrote and co-produced the film Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star, also produced by Happy Madison Productions. That same year he starred alongside Jesse Eisenberg, Danny McBride and Aziz Ansari in the film30 Minutes or Less.