Multifaceted performer Nick Swardson grew up in the Minneapolis area and undertook his foray into entertainment as a standup comic, headlining dates at many nightspots in the Los Angeles area. In that venue, his material often dealt with the absurdities of life as a young adult, including drugs and sex. Swardson moved into features not simply as a comedic actor, but as a scriptwriter -- first on the Jamie Kennedy vehicle Malibu's Most Wanted (2003), then via a long-running association with Adam Sandler's Happy Madison production company, for which he scripted and acted in the comedies The Benchwarmers (2006) and Grandma's Boy (2006), and co-produced and tackled a supporting role in the Sandler-Kevin James farce I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry (2007). On the side, Swardson also signed as one of the regulars on the popular Comedy Central series Reno 911!; he played Terry Bernardino, a gay, roller-skating prostitute. In 2007, Swardson recorded and issued a his first comedy concert album, Party. The following year, he teamed up for an onscreen role opposite Sandler in the farce You Don't Mess with the Zohan. In the years to come, Stewardson would remain active on screen, appearing on shows like Pretend Time.
Biography by Nathan Southern
- Started doing stand-up at age 19.
- Made his film debut in Almost Famous (2000), playing Insane Bowie Fan.
- Gained popularity with his recurring role on Reno 911 as Terry, a roller-skating gay prostitute.
- Released his first comedy album, Party, in 2007.
- Has appeared in a number of films with Adam Sandler, including 2007's I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry, which Swardson also coproduced.
- Provided the voice of the character Blake in the 2008 animated feature Bolt.
- Starred in, cowrote and coproduced 2011's Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star.