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Helping to "find the funny" this season on Last Comic Standing as a talent scout in Toronto this season is stage, screen and TV actor Richard Kind.
Successful on stage, screen and television, Richard Kind is currently starring In "Candide" at the New York City Opera. And recently starred in "The Lady In Question" at the Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor, New York. He has also starred in the smash hit musical "The Producers," as Max Bialystock at the St. James Theater in New York, and in the Sondheim musical Bounce, directed by Hal Prince. Bounce premiered at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago and was then moved to the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.
Television viewers perhaps best know Richard as "Paul Lassiter," the irrepressible press secretary to the Mayor of New York on the ABC series Spin City. He is also known as "Mark," Fran's ex-husband on NBC's Mad About You. Additional TV credits include stints as a series regular on Carol and Company with Carol Burnett, two ABC series, Blue Skies and A Whole New Ball Game, as well as Unsub. Recently, he has guest starred on Scrubs, Still Standing, The Division, Miss Match, and Curb Your Enthusiasm with Larry David.
Along with television, Richard's experience also encompasses the areas of film and theatre. He recently filmed the feature entitled The Grand directed by Zak Penn and he also completed filming a recurring role on Stargate Atlantis. Richard has appeared as "Dr. Robert Farley" in the Miramax feature Spymate, and also in the critically acclaimed "The Station Agent." Richard has been seen in the independent film Hacks, and as the voice of the character "Molt," the dim-witted obnoxious grasshopper in Disney's blockbuster animated film, A Bug's Life. Additional film credits include a role in the Sundance film, Johns, directed by Scott Silver, as well as roles in Stargate, Mr. Saturday Night with Billy Crystal, and many others. He also played the only voice ever attributed to "Tom" in the animated feature film, Tom and Jerry. And now Richard can be heard in Pixar's animated feature Cars.
Richard appeared on Broadway in Charles Busch's The Tale of the Allergist's Wife. He also starred opposite Eric Stoltz and Christopher Evan Welsh in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. Other theatre credits include Power Failure, written by Larry Gelbart, directed by Arthur Penn, and staged at the Actor's Studio Free Theatre.
In Chicago, Richard started his career with the Practical Theatre Company, founded by Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Brad Hill and Gary Kroeger. He was then hired by Second City, where he honed his comedic talents for a few years in such productions as How Green Were My Values; John, Paul, Sartre and Ringo; and True Midwest.