Who is Bobby Moynihan?
Bobby Moynihan is a comedian, actor, and writer, perhaps best recognized as a former long-standing “Saturday Night Live” (SNL) cast member. He also gained popularity as a prominent voice actor, who lent his voice to characters in several animated TV shows and movies, including “We Are Bears”, “Nature Cat”, and “The Secret Life of Pets”. Bobby was born under the Zodiac sign Aquarius on 31 January 1977, in Eastchester, New York State, USA. As of 2021, he is 44 years old and holds American nationality. Bobby is of Irish ethnicity.
Early life and Family
He was brought up by parents Robert and Irene Moynihan in Eastchester, where he attended Eastchester High School. Reportedly, he was very interested and engaged in school’s theater; Bobby often starred in Youth Council Productions of various plays such as “Fiddler on the Roof” and “The Producers”.
After matriculation, he enrolled at the University of Connecticut, from which he graduated with a degree in theater.
Rise to Stardom
Following his graduation he joined several sketch comedy groups, and started performing with them in New York City. He frequently collaborated with David Comedy sketch group, appearing in several of their projects and shows, and Upright Citizen Brigade Theater. He was also a member of the comedy sketch trio entitled “The Bafoons”. As a comedian, writer and performer, he often dreamed of starring on “Saturday Night Live” (“SNL”). Bobby also launched his acting career, landing mainly minor roles in movies and TV shows such as “Economics 101”, “Jump Cuts”, and “Empire Square”.
In 2006 he became a regular cast member on “Late Night with Conan O’Brien”, portraying various characters, and in the following year, he appeared in the comedy series “Bronx World Travelers”, opposite Donald Glover and Ben Shwartz.
In 2008, he landed a role in the web series entitled “The Line”, a project directed by Seth Mayers, who was also the head writer and a cast member of “SNL”. Reportedly, he often collaborated with the comedian Charlie Sander on various skits, and would submit scripts to “SNL”, hoping for a lucky break. In addition to his writing and performing, he frequently appeared in short comedy videos and other projects for the website “College Humor”, an Internet comedy-based company. During the same year, he was featured in an ad campaign for ESPN Radio, alongside the broadcaster Michael Kay.
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Bobby’s dream came true when he was hired as a regular cast member of “SNL”. In his interview with Howard Stern, he recalled his auditions, saying: ‘I actually auditioned twice. The first time was on the “SNL” stage and I did a couple of impressions. I did Nathan Lane. I have a recollection of the director saying ‘Maybe will start doing January” and I was like do I have the Job or not?’
A couple of days later, the Writers Guild of America strike happened, and he was placed on hold. After the strike ended in February 2008, he got a call from the producers, informing him that they needed to hire a female comedian, to replace Maya Rudoff, who went on paternity leave. Then a month later he got a call from the producers who asked him to join a web series with Seth Mayers and Bill Hader.
Thinking it was his consolation prize, he worked with the actors and the crew for a couple of days, and then he received a call from Seth, who personally invited him to audition for “SNL”.
He made his debut on SNL in 2008, and over the years portrayed numerous characters and impersonated a number of celebrities such as Jonah Hill, Danny De Vito, and Seth Rogan. Among his most memorable performances were the “Single Ladies” dance routine sketch with Beyonce, Justin Timberlake and Andy Samberg, and his impersonation of Snooki. Bobby remained on the show until 2017 for a total of nine seasons, after which he opted to leave.
His other roles
After Bobby landed his role on “SNL”, his career skyrocketed, and he was invited to appear in numerous movies and TV shows, including in 2009 in the comedy movies “Mystery Team” and “Invention of Lying”, and in several single episodes TV series such as “Chowder”, “Mercy”, and “The Electric Company”.
In 2010, he portrayed Puck in the romantic comedy “When in Rome”, followed by roles in the movies “Certainty”, “The Brass Teapot”, and “Revenge for Jolly”. His ability to utter and imitate certain voices and intonations paved the way for his voice-acting career as well. In 2013 he made his debut voicing Chet Alexander in the animated movie “Monsters University”, and the following year, he reprised his role in the short film “Party Central”.
Bobby also guest starred in several shows such as “Girls”, “Happy Endings”, and “Ugly Americans”.
Switching between appearances in shows and movies, he provided various voices for characters in the adult animated series “The Awesomeness”.
His other notable voice acting roles include such popular movies as “Inside Out”, “Underdogs”, and “Secret Life of Pets”. In 2015 he lent his voice to one of the main characters, Panda, in the animated series “We Bare Bears” and “Nature Cat”, followed by his role in the comedy-drama movie “Sisters”.
In 2017 he gave his voice to Louie in the animated show “Duck Tales”, and he also starred in the sitcom “Me, Myself, and I”, created by Dan Kopelman, however, the latter didn’t achieve the anticipated success, and the show was canceled mid-series. His other notable credits include “Killing Gunther”, “The Book of Henry”, and “The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature”.
His latest and upcoming roles
In 2019 he provided his voice for several characters in TV shows and movies, including “Descendants 3”, “The Bravest Knight”, and “The Secret Life of Pets 2”.
— NBC Entertainment (@nbc) December 16, 2021
In 2020, he reprised his voice role in the animated movie “We Bare Bears: The Movie”, and portrayed several characters in other TV shows, such as “Loafy”, “It’s Pony”, and “Harvey Girls Forever”.
In 2021, he played Stanlee in the superhero movie “Flora & Ulysses” and gave his voice to Paul Revere in the adult animated movie “America: The Motion Picture”.
Bobby was also cast as Jayden Kwapis in the sitcom “Mr. Mayor”, created by Tina Fey and Robert Carlock. The show garnered a lot of attention despite mixed reviews, and it was quickly renewed for another season, which will premiere in 2022. During the same year, he voiced characters in the animated series “Star Wars: Bad Batch” and “Star Wars: Visions”.
Why did Bobby leave SNL?
In the interview with the media outlet Deadline, Bobby explained: ‘The day you get “SNL” you start worrying about your exit from SNL; it was always on my mind. It was 13 years of getting it, and then, one day you get it” and then you start thinking ‘This is my life’s dream, what am I going to do after this?’ It’s always in the back of your mind.’
He added that his contract had been ending, and that he had been invited to star in the new NBC show “Me, Myself and I.” Additionally, he felt that it was time for him to make a life-changing decision and venture into the unknown. Bobby continued: “I felt like I was on one show for eight years and another for one year. It was a completely different machine the last year, took on a whole different level.”
After a successful meeting with NBC producers, he secured the role, and relocated to Los Angeles.
While not much is known about his dating history, in 2016, Bobby married his long-term girlfriend, Brynn O’Malley. Brynn also works in the entertainment business, as actress perhaps best recognized for her roles in “A Gifted Man”, “The Battery’s Down”, and “Smash”. In 2017, the couple welcomed a daughter.
What is his net worth?
As of 2021, his estimated net worth is around $4 million, which he’s earned through his career as a comedian, writer and actor.
Hobbies and Trivia
In addition to his numerous endeavors, he’s made several appearances in music videos. In 2009, Bobby starred in the music video “Fallin’ for You” by Colbie Caillat, and later featured in three music videos for “The Lonely Island” entitled “Boombox”, “Shy Ronnie 2”, and “Threw it On the Ground”.
Bobby is a huge fan of comic books and “everything nerdy”, as he calls it.
In his free time, he likes to watch baseball and TV.
Bobby is 5ft 7ins tall (172cm) and weighs around 165lbs (75kgs). His hair is black and curly, while his eyes are brown.
Bobby is very active on his social media; his Instagram has 220,000 followers, while his Twitter account has over 200,000 fans. He mostly posts information about his upcoming projects, jokes, and memes.
In 2021, Bobby launched his podcast show entitled “Celebrity Sighting! with Jonathan Biting” (a candid and hammered fictional character played by Bobby). Every week, Jonathan interviews a guest who has to play themselves, portray another celebrity, or play a made-up character and talk about their celebrity encounter.