Jesse Tyler Ferguson


Jesse Tyler Ferguson Trivia


  • Trivia

    • Jesse has a guest appearance in Ugly Betty's episode Icing on the Cake as Dr. Farkas.

    • Jesse did the following Off-Broadway Shows:
      - The Complete Works of William Shakespeare directed By Jeremy Dobrish in 2002 as Jesse.
      - newyorkers MTC Directed By Christopher Ashley in 2001 as Jesse.
      - Hair City Center Encores! Directed By Kathleen Marshal in 2001 as Margret Meade.
      - The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told Directed By Christopher Ashley in 1999 as Adam.
      - Little Fish Directed By Graciela Daniele in 2003 as Marco.

    • Jesse recorded in 2003 Put A Little Love in Your Mouth: Amanda Green And Friends
      GreenPiece Music - Recorded Live at Joes Pub and Second Stage.

    • Jesse originated the role of Leaf Coneybear in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.

    • In February 2003 Jesse played Marco in Little Fish musical by Michael John LaChiusa, suggested by stories by Deborah Eisenberg at the Second Stage Theater, New York City.

    • He appeared in the independent films "Ordinary Sinner" and "Griffin and the Phoenix."

    • He appeared in the feature film "Mercury in Retrograde."

    • Jesse Tyler Ferguson's television credits include roles in the British series "Absolutely Fabulous" and the movie "Sally Hemings: An American Scandal."

    • He was raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

    • He made his Broadway debut in "On the Town".

    • Jesse Tyler Ferguson thinks he's a bad speller, although he was in a Broadway show for spelling.

    • Jesse won a shared Drama Desk Award for best ensamble for "25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee."

    • Jesse was in the original cast of the hit Broadway show "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" playing spelling bee contestant/ ADD underdog, Leaf Coneybear.

  • Quotes

    • Jesse (Talks about his character, Richie Velch): very complex. You meet him at a very desperate time of his life. I'm so happy that the writers were brave enough to write a character who's so sad. It's not the easiest route (for a sitcom).

    • Jesse (Talks about how does it feel to be doing his first solo show in The SantaLand Diaries): Well, let me tell you, it's stressful. It's all on my shoulders and I've never had that happen, but it's really exciting. I've never had to carry a whole performance piece. It's actually been really exhausting ... three hours into the rehearsal process, I'm tired of hearing my voice. There are lots of words. Lots of memorization. It's definitely a challenge. But it's really been a good experience so far. I've been a fan of David Sedaris since "Barrel Fever" came out ... he hands it to you on a silver platter. You really don't have to do much with it except say it.

    • Jesse (Who does he would like to meet): Good people. Artistic minds. People who will inspire me.... and Ashton Kutcher.

    • Jesse (Talks about if Lina from The Class is going to walk by the end of the first season): God willing. Her casts do get smaller, and she moves on to boot-like casts. Oh, and I have another run-in with my ex-wife, which is highly dramatic.

    • Jesse (Talks about what's ahead for The Class Richie): There's a great episode coming up that deals with how he and Lina are going to move forward with their relationship and her state of being in a wheelchair. (Laughs) It's ripe for comic fodder.

    • Jesse (Talks about what has been his most enjoyable stage experience so far, and/or the most rewarding one's): That was definitely the most rewarding one, just because I created that character super-geeky word master Leaf Coneybear from the ground up, and it's so rare that you are given that opportunity. I mean, we created it all through improv, so many aspects of what he ended up being were things that came right out of my head. To see it now go on to other touring productions, to see me replaced on Broadway now while I'm doing The Class, to see other people re-create what I created has been very satisfying.

    • Jesse (Talks about his own sitcom or comedy inspirations): I'm a huge fan of basically the whole cast of The Office. I love that underplayed comedy. Steve Carell, especially looking at his films, is so versatile and really can play so many different emotions. I look up to him a lot. And I loved, obviously, Matthew Perry on Friends. He's hilarious. And I'm a big fan of Jason Alexander.

    • Jesse (Talks about why Richie's middle name is "Britney" on The Class): I have no idea. That came as a shock to me as much as it did to everyone else! (Laughs)

    • Jesse (Talks about the way his character Richie was introduced in the series.): Totally, totally. Also, I think it's unique. There hasn't been a character that I can remember on a sitcom who's been introduced while he was about to commit suicide, so you kind of root for him. A lot of people are hoping to see his life turn around, but are also finding a lot of joy in his, I won't say sadness, but in his struggle. It's really fun to play.

    • Jesse (Talks about his character Richie on The Class): I know a lot of people who have told me that it's just great to see such an imperfect character. There is a lot about him that people can relate to, he's sort of an everyman. He doesn't have a perfect life at all. He's very middle class, if not lower middle class, and he has a lot of problems with women, with his luck, with his job.... He's accessible to a lot of people.

    • Jesse (Talks about his show On the Town created by co-star and friend, Mary Testa.): It's just a very silly title. She came up with the idea after seeing my show. I tell a story about my mom at the end of the evening. She's an can kinda fill in the blanks. I don't want to give away the joke but rest assured it is a chestnut of a story! I also feel that being in a solo show is like getting up and exposing yourself for an hour or so.

    • Jesse (Talks about his experience with The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee as Leaf): He is very close to who I am because I helped to create him. Rachel Sheinkin worked very closely with all of us to create this project. It was a true collaborative effort...I was, as a child a very shy, awkward kid. I was artistic and creative but I didn't have very good social skills I sometimes think that I still don't! all that is definitely part of who Leaf is.

    • Jesse (Talks about his debut as Chip in the 1997 revival of On the Town): It was heartbreaking to do the show in the barn that is the Gershwin theater for 400 people. But hey, I can say that George C. Wolfe gave me my Equity Card and I got to work closely with Adolph Green and Betty Comden. It was an amazing learning experience and I definitely got to see the ugly side of show business early on in my career.

    • Jesse (About his experience in the production of Little Fish): All of us involved with it had a great, great love for it. It had a very simple message "Live life for today. Be a good friend because we are all Little Fish . We need to take care of each other". Michael John wrote an amazing score. As artists you take huge risks with projects and more often than not, you are going to be criticized and not praised. That willingness to take risks is what makes artists great. And I think Michael John is a great artist.

    • Jesse (Talks about the similarities between Finn's and LaChiusa's songs): Bill is peanut butter and Michael John is jam...or at least banana, (as he compares them) Surprisingly, they complement each other very well in this show. I joke that I'm singing the music of William Finn and Michal John LaChiusa because they put me in their shows, but in addition to that, I've chosen their music because I think they are two of the best musicians working in musical theatre right now. I feel very connected with their lyrics. They write for actors who sing. They don't write phrases that repeat over and over in which you have to make vocally exciting. They are rooted in a very real, organic place with their music and it is just so easy to sing. They also are both wickedly funny people and I think that is apparent in their music.

    • Jesse (Talks about his 2005 role in Adios, Pantalones!): I did the show as part of the Broadway Spotlight series at the Ars Nova last October. I joked that I would transfer to Joe's Pub as so many of the Ars Nova shows have....John Tartaglia, Julia Murney, etc. And sure enough, a few months later I was at the Public theater doing my show! It's a very funny show....lots of great stories, great's very silly. It never takes itself seriously for too long. People can also expect to hear a lot of lesser-known songs by Finn and LaChiusa.