Johnny began performing comedy in 1984 after quitting graduate school in a move his parents named: Operation $40K Down The Drain. But Johnny quickly got the hang of the craft and was soon performing – and drinking for free! – at the nation’s top clubs.
During the next decade Johnny went on to perform at comedy festivals, win comedy competitions, log over 20 national TV appearances, and did we mention drink for free?
In 1997 Johnny left the comedy scene to host San Francisco’s Live 105 Morning Radio Show. Guests ranged from Carol O’Conner to David Bowie to city supervisors, and both the S.F. Weekly’s annual readers’ poll and the S.F. Publicity Club picked it the city’s best show. The Chronicle called it the ‘best morning chatter show’ and also dubbed it ‘clean and smart.’ Therefore, it was cancelled in the summer of ’98 to make room for the Howard Stern Poop and Wiener Hour.
In 1999 Johnny’s career took another turn when he became co-host of KRON/Bay TV’s THE SHOW. For three years Johnny’s informal interview style and outrageous ad-lib comments kept everyone laughing. The irrepressible Johnny once told feminist photographer Annie Lebovitz that he bought her book Women because he thought it was a directory. Well, he kept almost everybody laughing.
Johnny is currently performing comedy as well as working on a number of web, radio, and TV projects, one of which is bound to take off due to, if nothing else, pure dumb luck. He is also working on a humorous solo show about his journey to find peace in a WalMart America gone mad with mindless consumption, endless sprawl, and bone jarring stupidity. And really, aren’t we all?