Alex's Biography

In 2007, Alex Falcone sold the successful video game company he accidentally co-founded to investors in Silicon Valley. Rather than put that money to good use, he decided to focus full time on comedy and he's never looked back. Well, almost never.

Alex's first love in comedy was improv, which he started in high school. He continued through college where he co-founded the group SMASH IMPROV, and after he graduated, he was hired to perform with ComedySportz in Portland. He also trained at the Annoyance Theatre in Chicago under the likes of Mic Napier and Susan Messing.

In 2007, Alex co-wrote and acted in a sketch show called TV You Can Heckle and sketch became his second true love. After a well received west coast tour, the show was selected to headline the Newcomers Showcase at Sketchfest in San Francisco. In his hometown of Portland, OR, Alex co-wrote the dark Christmas show "Nightmare on Elf Street" which enjoyed several sold-out performances at the Brody Theater. Shortly thereafter, he was hired as a sketch writer on Live Wire! Radio, the public radio show out of Portland hosted by Luke Burbank.

In 2009 Alex started the podcast Read it and Weep with two friends, in which people pay them to endure the worst books and movies imaginable. The show was featured at the Bumbershoot music and arts festival in Seattle and at Podfest in New York. Podcasting became his other true love.

And then somewhere in there it happened: Alex fell in love with stand up comedy. Even though he'd loved before, nothing grabbed his heart the way stand-up did. As a comic, he's toured extensively and appeared at such renowned festivals as the Bridgetown Comedy Festival in Portland, Sketchfest in SF again, and at Hell Yes Fest in New Orleans. His stand-up also led him to the show he hosts and produces, Late Night Action w/ Alex Falcone, a live talk show in the vein of the Tonight Show but focused on the people who make Portland awesome. Hosting a talk show is Alex's true love. Perhaps he just has more capacity for love than most people.

During the day, Alex writes for the aforementioned radio show plus the Portland Mercury where he's penned several cover stories. He's also acted in several commercials and appeared on the IFC show Portlandia. Whew. What a guy.

I know, it seems like a lot of stuff. But that's what you're able to accomplish with Silicon Valley Money (since exhausted).

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