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
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 Pinata 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 cast mates Tina Fey, Kevin Dorff, Rachel Dratch, Jenna Jolovitz, and Jim Zulevic.
After Second City, Adsit went to LA started working on TV with Second City alumni Bob Odenkirk on Mr. Show, as well as with Jack Black’s band, Tenacious D, on the HBO show. In 2005, Adsit got a call from former cast mate Tina 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 did, and spent the next seven seasons playing put-upon producer “Pete Hornberger” on 30 Rock.
During this time, he also co-wrote, co-directed, and co-produced the Adult Swim show Moral Orel with Dino Stamatopoulos. The two teamed up again to work on the stop action animation series Mary Shelley’s Frankenhole.
Adsit continues to work on TV and film and improvise in LA.
“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