Don Fanelli (4% Homo Neanderthalensis) grew up in Northern New Jersey and graduated with an engineering degree which he used for approximately 11 months. He finally discovered the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York City, where Don had the honor of performing with the longest running weekend team, The Stepfathers, as well as 2x Cagematch Finals Champions, Fuck That Shit and 3x Three-on-Three Tournament Champions, Sabonis, and in UCB’s flagship show, Asssscat. Don has performed on sketch teams with some extremely talented folks such as Kate McKinnon and Natasha Rothwell and he co-wrote and starred in Sketches From An Italian Restaurant: A Billy Joel Sketch Show with Dru Johnston, which ran for over a year on both coasts and was listed in The New York Times, Time Out NY, The Village Voice and Noisy. They even got a shout out online from the Joelster himself. He also performed his one man show Mr. Jersey’s Neighborhood at UCBNY & UCBLA.
Don was honored to be selected to perform in the 2015 Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal in the New Faces: Characters division and was a series regular on the PopTV show Nightcap where he got to improvise with stars such as Paul Rudd, Michael J. Fox, Whoopie Goldberg, and up and comer Julianne Moore. He has appeared in such shows as Broad City, Orange is the New Black, Inside Amy Schumer and Adam Ruins Everything and can be seen in many short films and the feature Most Likely to Murder. He wrote the UCB Series Trying and the IFC Comedy Crib series Wedding Season with his wonderfully talented wife, Laura Willcox. He has been a guest on many podcasts including With Special Guest: Lauren Lapkus, High & Mighty, Womp It Up, and improv4humans, and currently hosts his own podcast, The Need to Fail. Don now lives in Los Angeles, where he enjoys cooking, hiking, playing poker, and picking up a plethora of shit from his dog, Buddy.