Actor /comedian Hal Sparks began his professional career as a teenager in Chicago. As a member of the famed Second City Troupe, his quick wit and affable personality quickly gained him recognition and acclaim. In 1987 he was named the “Funniest Teenager In Chicago” by the Chicago Sun Times.
After a successful run with Second City, Sparks moved to Los Angeles and immediately began performing at numerous comedy clubs, including The Improv, The Comedy Store, The Laugh Factory and The Ice House, as well as at Comic Relief’s American Comedy Festival.
From 1999 – 2000, Sparks was the host of the Emmy-award winning “Talk Soup” on E! Entertainment Television, winning rave reviews from fans and critics alike. For five seasons, he co-starred as Michael Novotny on the hit Showtime series “Queer As Folk,” based on the controversial and critically acclaimed British series.
Hal returns to his stand-up roots on June 4th when he stars in his own one-hour Showtime stand-up comedy special “Charmageddon.” The special will also be released on DVD in June.
Most recently, Hal provided the voice of Tak in the Nickelodeon animated series “Tak and the Power of Juju” which follows a teenage jungle boy and his fellow villagers as they deal with their fate as the unluckiest tribe in the world. He also lent his voice to the character “Mr. Q” in the GSN game show “20Q” hosted by Cat Deeley, based on the award-winning game of the same name.
In 2006, Sparks appeared on the FOX musical competition series “Celebrity Duets” and hosted the WB reality series “Survival Of the Richest.” In 2007, he shared judging duties with Rosanne Barr on the Nick at Nite comedy competition series “America’s Funniest Mom.”
Hal is one of the star commentators of the VH1 hit pop culture series “I Love The 90’s,” “I Love The 80’s,” “The 80’s Strike Back, ”“I Love The 70’s” and “I Love the New Millennium.” He also appeared in the VH1 shows “Celebracadabra” and “The Great Debate.” His television credits include guest-starring roles on “CSI,” “Frasier,” and “One on One.” He also co-starred in the Showtime Original feature “Bleacher Bums,” adapted from the critically acclaimed play of the same name. Hal starred opposite Peter Riegert, Wayne Knight and Brad Garrett in this classic baseball comedy.
On the big screen, he recently appeared in the film “Extract” and made a scene-stealing appearance with Tobey Maguire in “Spiderman 2.” He also co-starred in the 20th Century Fox comedy, “Dude, Where’s My Car?,” “Dickie Roberts, Former Child Star” and “Chopper Chicks in Zombie Town” with Billy Bob Thorton. Sparks also provided the voices for two animal characters, a bee and a fish, in the 20th Century Fox film “Dr. Dolittle 2.”
His numerous television appearances include “The Tonight Show,” “Larry King Live,” “Charlie Rose,” “Good Morning America,” “The View,” CNN’s “Your Money,” “Joy Behar,” “Politically Incorrect,” MTV and “Jimmy Kimmel Live.”
He starred in his own sketch comedy pilot entitled “Here Comes The Neighborhood” and produced comedy segments for Disney Channel. On the stage, Sparks has performed in productions of “The Glass Menagerie” and “Brighton Beach Memoirs.”
In addition to a busy acting and stand-up career, Hal is an accomplished singer/songwriter/musician. He and his band, Zero 1, recently released their debut album.
A native of Peak’s Mill, Kentucky, Sparks spent several years in Chicago before moving to Los Angeles. He is also an expert in the martial arts with 20 years experience in Shaolin, Kung Fu, Wushu and Karate. More information on Hal can be found at his website www.halsparks.com