Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
Born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Joel Bryant attended La Cueva High School (former students include: Neil Patrick Harris, Freddie Prinze, Jr., Terri Conn and Tony Vincent). He started acting at the age of 11, doing stand-up when he was 14, and began improv training at 16. After winning Outstanding Actor at the New Mexico Theatre Festival, he was offered a theatre scholarship from Pepperdine University. He headed west and graduated magna cum laude in three years with a B.A. in acting. Among his numerous theatre highlights, he has garnered glowing reviews all over L.A. (Knightsbridge Theatre, Hudson Theatre, and The Next Stage) and performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the Texas Shakespeare Festival and a variety of regional theatres throughout the Southwest, including the world premiere of "Terminal Cafe" with Neil Patrick Harris. Trained in improv at the L.A. Connection (Best Newcomer in 2001), Joel is a co-founder and member of the award-winning improv duo Composte Comedy Heap (www.ComposteComedyHeap.com) with Deven Green, with whom he has toured colleges and clubs all over the U.S., with headlining gigs at The Comedy Store, The Icehouse, The Ha Ha Club, Martini Blues, the Venetian in Las Vegas, the Chi Chi Club on Catalina Island, all over L.A. and San Diego, a week of sold out shows at the San Francisco Fringe Festival and won the Best of the Fest at the International Hollywood Comedy Festival. They have also opened for Eddie Griffin, Paul Rodriguez, and Andrew Dice Clay. Since starting stand-up comedy at the age of 14, he has performed in such places as The Comedy Store, The Icehouse, The Comedy Union, Laff's, The Queen Mary, and many clubs in between. An accomplished dancer (hip hop, swing, ballet), he has been seen in "The Nutcracker" (with Moira Sinise) and "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" at Smothers Theatre. He has been a writer and performer for a number of well-reviewed sketch comedy shows ("Sketch This!," "Sketch In The City," and "Unnatural Selections"), written for "Friday Night Fix" on F/X, and is currently developing a full-length feature for Fox.