Billy Gardell works hard. He has no choice. He's fromPittsburgh. Hard work is the honor code inPittsburgh, and Gardell lives by it.
And now all this hard work is paying off for Billy, he isthe star of the new CBS hit comedy MIKE & MOLLY (Mondays at 9:30PM) wherehe plays Officer Mike Biggs. And onFebruary 5, 2011, he stars in his own one hour stand-up Comedy Central special- BILLY GARDELL: HALFTIME. A DVD of thespecial will be released on February 8th.
Billy isn't your average Hollywood success story. No GQ genetics, no family in the business, nocoattails to ride. He took the long roadto get here, stopping at every small town honky-tonk, military base, and comedyclub along the way. Anywhere he couldfind a live audience.
Billy started early in stand up and got good fast;headlining some clubs before he was legal at the door. But that didn't stop him from being as big ahit at the bar as he was on stage. Afterall, the kid was living his dream and following in the footsteps of his idol,Jackie Gleason.
As every comic quickly learns when they arrive in L.A.,all those years of toiling in the clubs to become a great comic don't mean athing in Hollywood. You start workingyour way up all over again. But beforelong, Billy have built quite impressive acting resume for himself with regularguest appearances on My Name is Earl, The Practice, Yes Dear, Monk, JudgingAmy, Desperate Housewives as well as a co-starring role in the criticallyacclaimed FX series Lucky. On the bigscreen, Billy made his film debut alongside Anthony Quinn and SylvesterStallone in Avenging Angelo and afterwards scored a rather memorable scene withBilly Bob Thornton in the Cohen Brother's Bad Santa.
Billy's dedication to acting, along with continuing totour as a stand up, have allowed him to grow consistently stronger in botharenas. His stand up show is apowerhouse. His grounded, down-to-earthpoint of view hits a strong chord with American audiences. Stories about his rough childhood, wildadolescence, and new family life are executed with the skill of a mastercraftsman.
In his spare time, Billy enjoys spending time with hisson and following the Pittsburgh Steelers.