One of the co-stars of “Reno 911” is cruising into the Santa Ynez Valley for a stand-up performance at the Chumash Casino Resort.
Nick Swardson, an American actor, comedian, screenwriter and producer, is bringing his act to the resort’s Samala Showroom at 8 p.m. Dec. 8. Tickets for the show are $35 to $55.
Swardson began acting and performing improvisation comedy at the age of 16. After graduating from high school, he decided to pursue a career in comedy rather than attend college. Although he was more of a sketch comedy fan, Swardson saw stand-up comedy as a stepping stone to a career in film.
Swardson began attending open mic nights at the well-known Acme Comedy Company club in Minneapolis, Minnesota. As he stated in a 2007 interview with the Portland Mercury, his first performance there was “a goof.” However, the club owner recognized Swardson’s talent and encouraged him to pursue a career in comedy. Swardson began performing at the club regularly and went on to win the comedy club’s award for Funniest Person in the Twin Cities. In 1996, Swardson was selected to perform at the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival.
After leaving Minneapolis to pursue his career in both New York City and Los Angeles, the comedian landed a few commercials gigs and earned small roles in both television and film. In 2003, Swardson co-wrote the screenplay for “Malibu's Most Wanted.” That same year he took on the recurring role of Terry Bernadino on the Comedy Central series “Reno 911!”
Swardson’s success led to a longtime working relationship and friendship with comedian, actor and writer Adam Sandler. For their first collaboration, the pair co-wrote and co-produced “Grandma's Boy” in 2006.
In conjunction with Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison Productions, Swardson premiered his sketch comedy show “Nick Swardson's Pretend Time” on Comedy Central in 2010. In 2011, he co-wrote, co-produced and starred in the film “Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star,” which was also produced by Happy Madison Productions. Later that year, Swardson starred alongside Jesse Eisenberg, Danny McBride and Aziz Ansari in the film “30 Minutes or Less.”
Located on Highway 246 in Santa Ynez, the Chumash Casino Resort is an age 21-and-older venue. Tickets for all events are available at the Chumash Casino Resort’s Club Indulge or online at www.chumashcasino.com.