Co-created Second City’s legendary revue Pinata Full of Bees
Won a Jeff Award for Paradigm Lost, Second City’s 82nd revue
Played “Pete Hornberger” on 30 Rock
“The rules of improvisation apply beautifully to life. Never say no, you have to be interested to be interesting, and your job is to support your partners.” -Scott Adsit
Scott Adsit was born in Northbrook, Illinois, and attended Chicago’s Columbia College, where his acting teacher Sheldon Patinkin encouraged him to go to Second City. Adsit made his resident stage debut in the 1993 Second City Northwest show, Casino Evil. He went on to write and perform in several seminal Second City revues between 1994 and 1998, including the legendary format-shattering Piñata Full of Bees, where he performed alongside Adam McKay, Rachel Dratch, and Jon Glaser. Adsit won a Jeff Award for Best Actor in a Comedy for his role in Paradigm Lost, a revue which was the subject of the 1999 documentary, Second to None, which and followed the creative process of developing the show. The film featured Adsit and his castmates Tina Fey, Kevin Dorff, Rachel Dratch, Jenna Jolovitz, and Jim Zulevic.
After Second City, Adsit worked with Bob Odenkirk on Mr. Show and with Jack Black on HBO’s Tenacious D. In 2005, Adsit got a call from former castmate Fey, saying she was working on a show and was writing a part with him in mind, so he should “keep his schedule open.” He spent the next seven seasons playing producer “Pete Hornberger” on 30 Rock. Adsit continues to work on TV and film and improvise in LA.
Alumnus of The Second City, Chicago Mainstage:
Paradigm Lost (1997)
Citizen Gates (1996)
Piñata Full of Bees (1995)
Old Wine in New Bottles [35th Anniversary] (1994)
Alumnus of The Second City Northwest:
Casino Evil (1992)
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