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Born Aug. 20, 1969 in Pittsburgh, PA, Gardell moved with his mother and younger siblings to Orange County, FL after the separation of his parents. A socially awkward teen, made all the more uncomfortable by his husky build, he found solace in live performance. While a student at Winter Park High School, he wrote, directed and starred in his own sketch comedy show, "Winter Park Live," which received glowing reviews from fans and the press. Inspired by the response, he decided to pursue stand-up comedy as a career, and hit the local club circuit at 19. He quickly graduated to national gigs, including opening slots for such established comics as George Carlin and Dennis Miller.View All Pictures >>
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