I was born in a small town in northwest Missouri (Bethany) in 1963 where my mom was the homecoming queen and my dad was on the high school football team…honest, I’m not making that up, cute huh? Norman Rockwell might have painted us had he known us. At age two we moved to the big city, Kansas City, and mom & dad had my little sister, Brooke. Brooke and I spent our childhood roller-skating in the streets all summer and praying for snow days all winter.
We moved to Florida when I was in Jr. High School and I found a love for acting, singing and dancing on high school stages.
After graduating High School, I went on to earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Florida State University. Subsequently I spent a year in Jupiter Florida at the Burt Reynolds Institute for Theatre Training and earned my Actors Equity Card. After my year in Jupiter, I moved to NYC and embarked on my career as an actor making my living “on the boards” traveling all over the country doing stock, regional and dinner theatre productions. I received the Carbonell Award in Florida for playing “Bill Snibson” in Me and My Girl and was nominated for playing “Rooster” in Annie.
After a decade of performing on stages around the country, I started doing sketch comedy, comedy improv and stand-up comedy in NYC. I spent time studying and performing with Gotham City Improv, Upright Citizens Brigade and was a member of the award winning four man comedy a capella group “Minimum Wage” (Backstage Bistro Award).
In 1999 I moved to LA. While pursuing a career in TV and Film, I continued doing sketch comedy and improv performing with Improv Olympic West and taking classes at The Groundlings. During the early 2000s, I wrote and performed a one-man autobiographical show entitled Good News, (“Rising well above the glut of mediocre solo shows, Brian Chenoweth’s ‘Good News’ is a serious delight. Brian is a deeply engaging performer who draws us right into the personal realities behind the gay rights culture wars. ‘Good News’ is a wonderful night of hilarious, compelling and solidly theatrical personal storytelling.”
-Lisa Kron… “Fun Home”, “Well”, “2.5 Minute Ride”, “Five Lesbian Brothers”, www.lisakron.com)
I continue to pound the pavement here in LA looking for work in TV, Film and Commercials. Keep an eye out and you just might catch me on a re run of something. ;)