Brooklyn resident Eugene Mirman escaped the clutches of Russian communism at the age of four when his family immigrated from Moscow to Lexington, MA (where along with Paul Revere and John Adams he kicked off the American revolution). He attended Hampshire College and designed his own major of Comedy — doing a one-hour standup act as his thesis, for which he was made fun of, don’t worry.
Currently, he does the voice of “Gene” on Fox’s newest hit animated series Bob’s Burgers. In the streets he’s sometimes recognized as Eugene, the landlord, from Flight of the Conchords or from his role as comedian/mobster Yvgeny Mirminsky on Adult Swim’s Delocated. On Aqua Teen Hunger Force he’s Dr. Eugene Mirman and on Home Movies he was Eugene, the Russian foreign exchange student. “Eugene Mirman: An Evening in a Fake Underground Laboratory,” his 2nd Comedy Central Special, aired on the channel in late 2012 and will be released on CD/DVD in February 2013.
Eugene was named Best New York City Comedian by the Village Voice, one of “50 Funniest” by Time Out New York, and one of the 10 best comedians of the last decade by Paste Magazine. He’s released three comedy albums (the last two on Sub Pop records) and an incredibly funny parody-ish self-help book, The Will to Whatevs. Named by Roling Stone as “Hot Twitterer,” Eugene also keeps his 270k+ followers entertained daily.
He is a frequent comedic co-host of Neil deGrasse Tyson’s science radio show and podcast, Star Talk Radio.
Along with Julie Smith and Caroline Creaghead, Eugene created and curates Pretty Good Friends, which began as a weekly comedy show in Brooklyn, but grew into tours, large outdoor shows, runs in Montreal, London, San Francisco and various other projects. Out of these shows, Eugene, Julie and Caroline also created (originally as a joke) the Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival, which is now a yearly institution in Brooklyn.