Rob Bartlett started performing stand-up comedy in 1978 hoping it would lead to a career in acting. Nearly 30 years later, Rob has become one of the most versatile performers around. He is a successful actor, standup comedian, radio personality and writer.
Rob started in stand-up comedy at Richard M. Dixon's White House Inn, a talent showcase club on New York's Long Island run by the presidential look-alike. In the early years, Rob supported himself by day as an elevator operator and telephone salesman for radio advertising. It was at Dixon's club where Rob met a 17-year-old Eddie Murphy. The two became fast friends and formed two-thirds of the improvisational trio The Identical Triplets.
When the trio broke up shortly after Eddie's debut on Saturday Night Live, Rob went on as a solo act and became a headliner in comedy clubs and colleges across the country. He has headlined at the Sands Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Atlantic City's Tropicana and Hilton Hotels, Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods Resort and Casino. On television, Rob has appeared as a stand up comedian on the MTV Half Hour Comedy Hour, Standup Spotlight on VH1 and on Late Night with David Letterman and Conan O'Brian.
In 1986, Rob became a regular in-studio guest of Don Imus at radio station WNBC 66AM. When the station was sold and the Imus in The Morning Program moved to the WFAN studios in Astoria, Rob became a contract player. Since then, he has written and performed some of the show's popular cast of characters including
Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys, Camilla Parker Bowles, former president Bill Clinton and Dr. Phil on the new Imus In the Morning set at MSNBC.
Rob appeared in the films The Sex O'Clock News (1984), Spin the Bottle (1999), Table One (2000), and provided the voice of Boss Baker Bunny in the animated feature, The Easter Egg Escapade (2005)
Rob's television credits include starring roles on the Paramount/CBS comedy special What's Alan Watching? ABC's Move the Crowd, and a recurring role on NBC as attorney Milton Schoenfeld on Law & Order, Special Victims Unit. Rob is very proud to have been voted one of the "Top Ten Worst" wrestling announcers in history for his short-lived stint at color commentator of the WWF Monday Night Raw. He is also the voice of Marty, the hyperactive dog, on the popular cartoon series Kenny the Shark.
He wrote and starred in the Public Television special, Rob Bartlett's Not For Profit T.V. Special, produced by CPTV, which was nominated for five Emmy Awards and won for Best Writing and Best Entertainment Program.
Rob made his Broadway debut as author and star of More to Love. His Broadway Credits also include Amos Hart in Chicago, Mr. Mushnik in the 2003 revival of Little Shop of Horrors, and as Herman in the 2005 revival of Sweet Charity with Christina Applegate. In addition to his recent return to the cast of Chicago, Rob portrayed Speed, one of Oscar and Felix's card playing cronies in the original cast of the revival of Neil Simon's The Odd Couple with Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick.
His other stage appearances include Golden Boy and Pardon My English for City Center's Encores!
and won a Drama Desk award for his role as Marcus in the Off Broadway Play 'Tabletop' .
Rob lives on Long Island with his wife Sharon and their three sons, none of whom are working yet, much to their dismay.
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