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Born February 16, 1970, Kevin Allison is a comedic writer and actor. He is perhaps best known as a writing and performing member of The State on MTV. Popular sketches on the show starring Allison include "Taco Mail," "Mr. Magina", "Dreamboy", and "The Jew, the Italian, and the Redhead Gay." Allison came out as gay to the national media at 24 when The State began airing in 1994.

Allison hosts the free audio podcast RISK!. He is the creator of this storytelling show "where people tell true stories they never thought they'd dare to share." RISK! is also a live show in New York City. The live show debuted in August 2009 at Arlene's Grocery and moved to Joe's Pub in October with guests like Margaret Cho, Rachel Dratch, Michael Ian Black, Andy Borowitz, and Janeane Garofalo dropping their usual material for a night to tell true and often embarrassing stories. The show's home base online is www.risk-show.com.

Allison's most recent film and TV appearances include Reno 911!: Miami, The Ten, Wedding Daze, VH1's Best Week Ever and HBO's Flight of the Conchords. He writes for TV and for production companies like JibJab and Blue Man Group. Allison teaches sketch comedy and storytelling classes at New York University, the People's Improv Theater in New York City (where he also served as artistic director), and the Philly Improv Theater in Philadelphia. He is currently developing a new TV series and working on a memoir and a how-to book on creating sketch comedy.

 

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