Tony Hinchcliffe | Biography 2021
The standup comedian has been producing and hosting 'Kill Tony,' a weekly live show filmed at The Comedy Store, since 2013. During the program, Hinchcliffe and co-host Brian Redban serve as judges for amateur comedians, alongside a rotating jury of comedians and other celebrities. As per the format of the show, the contestants place their names into a bucket and are chosen at random. Each contestant is asked to perform a one-minute comedy sequence. Later, after a judges’ discussion session, the judges evaluate the contestants’ performance and give them feedback and criticisms.
Tony Hinchcliffe is currently the host of the popular live podcast Kill Tony, based at The Comedy Store in Los Angeles. He is also known for appearing in Joe Rogan’s comedy tours and regularly on the popular podcast, The Joe Rogan Experience (JRE).
Who is Tony Hinchcliffe?
Tony Hinchcliffe is an American comedian, writer, and podcast host. After the release of his one-hour standup special ‘One Shot, he rose to prominence.’ The special debuted on Netflix in 2016. During his standup shows, he is often known for addressing awkward, dark, and sensitive subjects.
Known as an insult comedian, he is also the host of the Kill Tony comedy podcast. Hinchcliffe has been a member of the Comedy Central Roast series’ writing team. He also served as a roaster on Snoop Dogg’s ‘All Def Digital Roast,’ which aired on Fusion in 2016.
In 2020, he began hosting RoastMaster Class, an online course on roasting that drew on his over a decade of experiences. The class was made as both educational and entertaining. The class had initially begun as a parody video and then grew into a clear framework that he enjoyed doing. As a result, he had released it on Patreon.
Hinchcliffe was born on 8 June 1984 in Youngstown, Ohio, and raised on the city’s north side by his single mother. The comedian graduated from Ursuline High School in 2002.
In an interview with Free Times Of Columbia, South Carolina, Hinchcliffe revealed that he grew up in a rough neighborhood and developed roasting as a defensive mechanism. He said that he had been hurling insults at people since he was in elementary school. He was even punched in the face on the first day of school in the school bus.
“When I was in first grade on my very first day I was riding the bus to school in my hometown of Youngstown, Ohio,” he revealed. “I saw that a kid’s grandma took him to the bus stop, and I insulted him. I called him a dork for having his grandma take him to the bus stop. He punched me in the mouth. I still remember rinsing the blood out of my mouth at the water fountain in school. The funny thing is that we became good friends, and whenever I perform in Cleveland, he comes out to see me.”
His insulting habits would get his teachers worried about his future. “They told my mom they were worried about me keeping a job due to my mouth,” he said in an interaction with The News & Observer.
Hinchcliffe would later move to Los Angeles in 2007 to pursue a comedy career.
The Comedy Store in Hollywood
He began doing standup at the world-famous The Comedy Store during Hollywood’s open mic nights. There at the comedy club, he used the darkness and openness of its background settings to perfect his signature style of dark, edgy jokes. The club environment helped him to transition between material and crowd work effortlessly.
At the comedy club, he was initially offered a job with the phones and the cover booth and was gradually promoted to become a paid regular at the venue. Later, the comedian began opening for comedians Joe Rogan and Jeff Ross on tours.
During his shows, Hinchcliffe was notorious for offending other comics and audience members and known for addressing awkward and sensitive subjects. Fellow comedian Ross, also later known as the “Roastmaster General” of the Comedy Central Roast, was drawn to Hinchcliffe’s roasting style and grim sense of humor. Ross also became his “mentor,” and he assisted Hinchcliffe in landing his first writing stints.
Writing Stint at Comedy Central Roasts
Hinchcliffe has also worked as a staff writer on many five Comedy Central Roasts, including the roasts of James Franco, Rob Lowe, and Justin Bieber. For the Bieber roast, he worked with TV personality Martha Stewart.
He has also appeared as a contestant on the first season of Jeff Ross Presents Roast Battle (2016) and has written for the comedy panel show, The Burn with Jeff Ross.
During the program, Hinchcliffe and co-host Brian Redban serve as judges for amateur comedians, alongside a rotating jury of comedians and other celebrities. As per the format of the show, the contestants place their names into a bucket and are chosen at random. Each contestant is asked to perform a one-minute comedy sequence. Later, the contestants' have a discussion session with the judges before the judges evaluate the contestants’ performance and give them feedback and criticisms. The show trademark is the back-and-forth conversations between the judges and contestants in the presence of the studio audience. The judges of the show are known for roasting the contestants, especially Hinchcliffe.
In February 2019, Hinchcliffe also made his Kill Tony Podcast in the UK and Ireland. During the time, he also had his first UK standup debut at the Soho Theatre.
He also started a podcast called The Pony Hour, which is now defunct, in December 2016. The show was named after his nickname, Golden Pony. Some of the celebrity guests that appeared on his show are MMA fighters Brendan Schaub and Nate Diaz, actor David Arquette, UFC announcer Bruce Buffer, and comedian Big Jay Oakerson.
In 2016, Hinchliffe performed as a roaster on All Def Digital’s ‘Snoop Dogg Smoke out,’ which aired on Fusion.
The same year, Netflix released Hinchcliffe’s first one-hour standup special, ‘One Shot.’ His special was dubbed ‘One Camera Take’ because it was shot in one take and did not need any editing.
Backlash For His Racial Jokes
Hinchcliffe has had been a regular at every big club in Los Angeles and headlines at some of the world’s most prestigious theaters. But after he was videotaped pitching racial jokes about a fellow Asian American comedian Peng Dang at the Big Laugh Comedy Club in Austin, he has been facing backlash on social media and reportedly from his associates.
According to TMZ, WME’s close sources said that the insult comedian lost representation from the talent agency WME (William Morris Endeavor). Comedian Joe Rogan also dropped Hinchliffe from two planned subsequent live appearances with him.
In the video released by Dang—who is of Chinese descent—Hinchliffe is seen calling Dang a “how about one more time for the filthy little f---ing ch--- that was just up here,” right after Dang handed over the mike to him. After that, Hinchcliffe portrayed a stereotypical Asian accent to mock Dang.
“All you f---ing race traitors are hooping and hollering! I was back there watching you puking in a f---ing bucket. (With a stereotypical Asian accent) Oh, we make gunpowder! Oh, you want extra soy sauce! Oh, you borrow money from us. You guys are just eating it up, you f--ing p--sies.
Dang released the video on Twitter as he was disappointed by the jokes made by the famous comedian. In the video post, he captioned, “Last week in Austin, I got to bring up Tony Hinchcliffe. This is what he said. Happy Asian (AAPI) Heritage Month!” The video eventually went viral and got more than 1 million views. He also later spoke to TMZ, expressing his disappointment regarding Hinchclffe’s choice of words.
“As a comedian myself, I can respect his profession,” Peng told the outlet. “If that was just a set, if that was part of his act, I wouldn’t say anything about it. What I had a problem with was when he used the c-word.” Dang said. “When he said what he said, some of the audience were visibly uncomfortable, especially the female audience members,” Peng explained. “I think the ones that are laughing were a very small portion of the audience,” he added after the TMZ host asked about the audience’s reaction during the incident.
Is Tony Hinchcliffe Married?
Hinchcliffe is married to Charlotte Jane, who is the daughter of an Australian race car driver and entrepreneur, Bob Jane. In 2017, the comedian confirmed his engagement with Jane and shared an Instagram photo of the two holding an engagement ring.
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