Nicholas Roger Swardson is an American actor best known for his roles in “Jack and Jill” and “Hell and Back.” He wrote and starred in the sketch comedy show ‘Nick Swardson’s Pretend’, which he also hosted. He is also a screenwriter and producer. During his schooling, Swardson showed an interest in performing and comedy. After graduating from high school, he wanted to pursue a stand-up comedy career. He saw it as an opportunity to enter the film industry. He appeared at the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival at age twenty. After portraying Terry Bernadino in the comedy series ‘Reno 911!’, he gained notoriety. His other notable works include the comedy film “Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star.” He played the lead part in addition to co-writing and co-producing the film. He has also played significant roles in a number of other films, including “Jack and Jill” and “A Haunted House.” In the animated comedy series Chozen, Swardson voiced one of the major characters.
Youth and Early Life
Nicholas Roger Swardson was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on October 9, 1976, to parents Pamela and Roger Eric Swardson. He has two siblings, including a sister named Rachel and a brother named John. His father was a renowned investor and journalist.
At St. Paul Central High School, Swardson developed an interest in acting and improvised humor. In high school, he was a particularly malicious prankster, for which he was expelled four times. He was also enrolled in a rehabilitation program for marijuana use.
In 1996, he graduated from high school. Instead of attending college, he chose to pursue a stand-up comedy career. Since he was also interested in performing, he saw it as a chance to enter the film industry.
Nick Swardson’s Career
At the age of 18, Nick Swardson began his career as a stand-up comedian. Initially, he played in comedy clubs and the Balls Cabaret infrequently. Slowly gaining in prominence, he was invited to perform at the US Comedy Arts Festival.
After leaving for New York City, he relocated to Los Angeles and began playing in nightclubs. In addition to advertising, he eventually appeared in films and television shows. In the 2000 film “Almost Famous,” he made his acting debut in a small role.
In 2001, his stand-up routine was included in the Comedy Central Presents special. In 2006, he made a second appearance on the program. John Whitesell directed the 2003 film Malibu’s Most Wanted, in which he played a minor part. Swardson was also a co-author of the work. In the same year, he began starring in the comedic series Reno 911.
Next, he had a leading role in the 2006 comedy “Grandma’s Boy.” He also acted as co-producer and co-writer. The film’s success was moderate. In the same year, he acted in many additional films, including “The Benchwarmers.” He was also a co-author. The picture was a financial success, grossing almost twice its budget. In the television film ‘Gay Robot,’ he also played the leading role and functioned as a writer.
In the subsequent years, he acted in a number of films, including “Blades of Glory” (2007), “You Don’t Mess with the Zohan” (2008), and “Bedtime Stories” (2008). After he created and performed in his own sketch comedy show, Nick Swardson’s Pretend Time, Swardson’s fame grew even further. It aired between 2010 and 2011.
Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star was a 2011 film that he co-wrote, co-produced, and starred in. Tom Brady directed the film. The picture performed poorly at the box office. He has also appeared in “Jack and Jill” (2011), “A Haunted House” (2013), “Back in the Day” (2014), and “Hell and Back” (2015).
In addition, he provided the voice of a prominent character in the 2014 animated series Chozen. It only broadcast for one season. In addition, he voiced a character on the 2014-2016 animated television series TripTank. From 2015 to 2017, he participated in a few episodes of the television series “Star vs. the Forces of Evil.” He was last seen in a supporting role in the film Sandy Wexler.
His Major Opera
“Malibu’s Most Wanted,” an American comedy film, is one of Nick Swardson’s early efforts. The film, which was directed by John Whitesell, featured Jamie Kennedy, Taye Diggs, Ryan O’ Neal, and Snoop Dogg, among others. The picture was commercially successful and grossed more than twice its budget. However, the majority of critics gave the film unfavorable reviews.
In the parody-comedy film A Haunted House, Swardson portrayed one of the leading parts. The picture was a commercial triumph, grossing $60 million on a budget of only $2.5 million.
The film starred Marlon Wayans, Essence Atkins, Cedric the Entertainer, Nick Swardson, and David Koechner and was directed by Michael Tiddes. Despite its enormous success at the box office, the picture earned scathing reviews from reviewers.
Honors and Accomplishments
Nick Swardson was nominated for the ‘BTVA Feature Feature Voice Acting Award’ for ‘Best Vocal Ensemble in a Feature Film’ in 2016 for his performance in the animated film ‘Hell and Back’.
His Personal Life
Nick Swardson has maintained the privacy of his personal life. He is a highly secretive individual, and nothing is known about his dating history.
Estimated Net Worth
The net worth of American actor, comedian, screenwriter, and producer Nick Swardson is $5 million. 2007 saw the publication of Swardson’s comedy album “Party,” and 2009 saw the release of his album/Comedy Central special “Seriously, Who Farted?” In 2015, he published “Taste It,” another Comedy Central special, and in 2010, the network granted him his own show, “Nick Swardson’s Pretend Time.”