Jonah Ray is an American comic actor and writer, best known as the current host of the podcast titled Mystery Science Theatre 3000. He is also one of the stars of the Comedy Central podcast titled The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail as well as The Nerdist Podcast.
The talented star began his stand-up comedy career in 2004 and has been active in the American entertainment industry for over a decade. He has launched two stand-up comedy albums which include This is Crazy Mixed-Up Plumbing and Hello Mr. Magic Plane Person, Hello. Learn more about his biography, family, and other interesting facts below.
Jonah Ray Biography
He was born as Jonah Ray Rodrigues on the 3rd day of August 1982; Ray is from Honolulu, Hawaii but was raised in the city of Kailua, situated on the island of Oahu in Hawaii. As a child, the talented comedian nurtured a dream of becoming a showman when he grows up and today he is living his dream doing what he knows how to do best. He completed his basic education in Hawaii before moving to Los Angeles where he eventually kicked off his comedy career. Jonah is also a talented singer and has been a part of several rock band groups since he was growing.
Jonah first started his career as a musician in Los Angeles and subsequently, he switched to stand-up comedy and writing. He performed his first stint as a writer on The Andy Milonakis Show. Afterward, he went on to become both a writer and a comedian on the Showtime series titled The Offensive Show. Ray further made appearances on other popular television shows such as The Sarah Silverman Show, Crossbills, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Soup, and Saul of the Molemen, among others.
In 2013, Jonah Ray started hosting the comedy show titled The Meltdown along with Kumail Nanjiani. Later in the same year, the comedy central took over the show and changed its name to The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail. The show premiered in July 2014 and ended in 2016 after the completion of three seasons. He equally started his own podcast titled Jonah Raydio which features many independent music stars including Har Mar Superstar, Andrew Jackson Jihad, and Man Man.
In 2015, Joel Hodgson who is the creator of the Mystery Science Theatre 3000 comedy series announced that the series would be hosted by Jonah Ray. The show garnered funds through a successful Kickstarter campaign and was later released on Netflix in April 2017. Jonah Ray has been starring on the popular podcast titled The Nerdist alongside Chris Harwick and Matt Mira to date.
Asides from comedy, Ray has featured on other television series and films including Icons, Back on Topps, Nerdist: Course of the Force Skateboard Cop, Hidden America with Jonah Ray, Take My Wife, and Maron, among others. He has also played a voice role on TripTank, Fantasy Hospital, and SuperNews.
Jonah Ray’s Family: Dad and Wife
Jonah Ray was born to American parents, there is no much information about his father. During the father’s day celebration in June 2018, Jonah posted his dad’s picture with that of his older brother on Twitter. There he disclosed it was the first father’s day he was celebrating without his father being around. He equally did a shout-out to those who have lost their dads. Apparently, the comedian is not the only child of his parents; he has other siblings but has not shared any information about them.
While he has been in the limelight courtesy of his comedy career, Ray’s love life isn’t so popular as his career. The comedian prefers keeping his love life under the radar to avoid being mixed up in controversies. Meanwhile, he is happily married to his longtime sweetheart and the love of his life named Deanna Rooney.
The duo got hitched in 2013 and there are no many details with regards to his wife or their wedding. Ray has featured his wife on his podcasts including Hidden America with Jonah Ray, Not a Monster, and Like, Share, Die, just to mention a few. The couple doesn’t have any kids yet but might have plans of having them in the future. They currently reside in Los Angeles and there is no sign of marital issues between them.
Height and Other Interesting Facts
Jonah Ray stands at a height of 6 feet 5 inches (1.96 m).
He was born and raised in Hawaii.
He started his career as a musician before switching to stand-up comedy.
Ray is one of the stars of the show titled The Nerdist Podcast.
He has written and hosted his own podcast including Hidden America with Jonah Ray, Jonah Raydio, and many more.
He married his long-term sweetheart Deanna Rooney in 2013.