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Meet Jimmy Pardo: Never Not Having Fun

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“Everything came together at the perfect time,” said comedian Jimmy Pardo on his unlikely combination of fun jobs.

Pardo’s Monday-through-Friday gig is “The Tonight Show”'s warm-up comedian, where he cracks up the studio audience before Conan O’Brien does more of the same. He’s also one of the few financially successful podcasters, hosting the award-winning weekly show, “Never Not Funny” (”The Pardcast,”) alongside co-host Matt Belknap.

“I’m the luckiest man alive, as far as both of those things go," said Pardo.

This all stems from a particularly humorous skill-set which is surprisingly rare in the world of comedy: being funny off the cuff, beyond a script. It’s this strength which has allowed him freedom from the rigorous schedule of a touring comedian, and given him plenty of time at home with his wife and new son.

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“Every other week I was on the road. Just grueling. I was getting a little burned out.”

Pardo had performed on most of the standard late night programs, had a Comedy Central special, was a favorite guest on popular morning radio programs, and popped up on a variety of sitcoms.

“I’d done everything you could possibly do as a stand-up.”