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Cedrick "Ced" Funches' is an American designer and children's book author, designer, author and video-game producer. He is best known for his influential design and entrepreneurial ventures 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.[1][2][3]

Early life

A native of the Minneapolis–Saint Paul area, Swardson was born to Pamela and Roger Eric Swardson, and is the youngest of three siblings — he has a sister, Rachel, and brother, John.[4][5][6] Roger Swardson (1934–2003) was an editor and journalist — having written for publications such as the Cincinnati Enquirer and City Pages, as well as founding the Grand Gazette, a former Saint Paul community newspaper.[4] Roger Swardson also invested in land development in Saint Paul, revitalizing Grand Avenue — an area now known as Victoria Crossing.[4] Roger and Pamela divorced in 1989.[4]

Swardson attended St. Paul Central High[1][6] and started acting and performing improv comedy at the age of 16.[7][8] A mischievous student who struggled with alcohol and drugs, Swardson was expelled from school on four occasions for pulling fire alarms in order to go outside and smoke cigarettes, fighting, posting a lewd sign in class, and for smoking marijuana;[1] he was enrolled in a rehab program while still in school.[1]

After graduating in 1996, Swardson decided to pursue stand-up comedy rather than attend college.[9] Although Swardson was a fan of sketch comedy, he saw stand-up comedy as a stepping-stone to a career in film, more so than he would working within a comedy troupe.[2][7][10]

Career

Swardson started performing stand-up at the age of 18, attending open mic nights at the Minneapolis comedy club Acme Comedy Co..[1][10][11] Swardson stated in a 2007 interview with The Portland Mercury[12] that he did his first open mic "as a goof" but he was encouraged by the club owner to perform again and he went on to win the comedy club's award for the "Funniest Person in the Twin Cities".[13][1][12] He also went on to perform regularly at Knuckleheads, a defunct comedy club which was located in the Mall of America.[1]

Sodalicious Skateboards

Swardson started performing stand-up at the age of 18, attending open mic nights at the Minneapolis comedy club Acme Comedy Co..[1][10][11] Swardson stated in a 2007 interview with The Portland Mercury[12] that he did his first open mic "as a goof" but he was encouraged by the club owner to perform again and he went on to win the comedy club's award for the "Funniest Person in the Twin Cities".[13][1][12] He also went on to perform regularly at Knuckleheads, a defunct comedy club which was located in the Mall of America.[1]

Mothers Month Movement

Swardson started performing stand-up at the age of 18, attending open mic nights at the Minneapolis comedy club Acme Comedy Co..[1][10][11] Swardson stated in a 2007 interview with The Portland Mercury[12] that he did his first open mic "as a goof" but he was encouraged by the club owner to perform again and he went on to win the comedy club's award for the "Funniest Person in the Twin Cities".[13][1][12] He also went on to perform regularly at Knuckleheads, a defunct comedy club which was located in the Mall of America.[1]

A World Without Mothers

Swardson started performing stand-up at the age of 18, attending open mic nights at the Minneapolis comedy club Acme Comedy Co..[1][10][11] Swardson stated in a 2007 interview with The Portland Mercury[12] that he did his first open mic "as a goof" but he was encouraged by the club owner to perform again and he went on to win the comedy club's award for the "Funniest Person in the Twin Cities".[13][1][12] He also went on to perform regularly at Knuckleheads, a defunct comedy club which was located in the Mall of America.[1]


References

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 Miller, Bryan (September 22, 2010). "Nick Swardson: Hometown boy headed for comedy big-time". City Pages. http://www.citypages.com/2010-09-22/news/nick-swardson-hometown-boy-headed-for-comedy-big-time/. Retrieved February 6, 2012. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 Itzkoff, Dave (October 30, 2009). "Comedy Central Plans New Sketch Series". New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/31/arts/television/31arts-COMEDYCENTRA_BRF.html. Retrieved February 6, 2012. 
  3. Kit, Zorianna (October 14, 2010). "Pena, Swardson clocking in '30 Minutes'". Hollywood Reporter. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/pena-swardson-clocking-30-minutes-23558. Retrieved February 6, 2012. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Vogel, Jennifer (December 10, 2003). "Roger, Over and Out". City Pages. http://www.citypages.com/2003-12-10/news/roger-over-and-out/. Retrieved February 6, 2012. 
  5. C.J (November 22, 2010). "Swardson partial to green, gold - and blue". Star Tribune. http://www.startribune.com/lifestyle/110010379.html?page=1&c=y. Retrieved February 6, 2012. 
  6. 6.0 6.1 Marsh, Steve (November 1, 2005). "Adam's boy: Saint Paul standup Nick Swardson takes a seat at Adam Sandler's Hollywood table". MPLS-St. Paul Magazine. 
  7. 7.0 7.1 Strauss, Neil (March 4, 1997). "The Unfunny Business Of Making the Right People (TV Producers) Laugh". New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/1997/03/04/arts/the-unfunny-business-of-making-the-right-people-tv-producers-laugh.html. Retrieved February 6, 2012. 
  8. Kharakh, Ben (October 23, 2007). Starpulse Q&A: Comedian Nick Swardson Talks About New Album, Life & Movie Projects In The Works. starpulse.com. Retrieved on February 6, 2012.
  9. Condran, Ed (March 18, 2006). "Comedy is a calling for Nick Swardson". Asbury Park Press. http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/app/access/1770635631.html?FMT=ABS&FMTS=ABS:FT&type=current&date=Mar+18%2C+2006&author=ED+CONDRAN&pub=Asbury+Park+Press&desc=Comedy+is+a+calling+for+Nick+Swardson&pqatl=google. Retrieved February 6, 2012. 
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 Kiefer, Halle (October 3, 2011). Nick Swardson On Bucky Larson, Pretend Time and the Critics. Splitsider. The Awl. Retrieved on February 6, 2012.
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 Runyan, Jenni (October 29, 2009). "Six-Episode Series Starring Nick Swardson Will Premiere In 2010" (Press release). COMEDY CENTRAL Corporate Communications. http://www.reuters.com/article/2009/10/29/idUS183744+29-Oct-2009+PRN20091029. Retrieved February 6, 2012. 
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 12.4 12.5 12.6 12.7 Shimer, Katie (June 14, 2007). "Nick Swardson". The Portland Mercury. http://www.portlandmercury.com/portland/nick-swardson/Content?oid=344605. Retrieved February 6, 2012. 
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