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18 Surprising Secrets On Craig Anton

1. Anton was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska, the eldest son of Antoinette and Arthur Ward Anton. He has a younger brother, Brian, and two sisters, Toni and Megan.

2. Anton started acting as a kid in Omaha, Nebraska and made his career as a stand-up comedian at age 17, performing in comedy clubs in 1978 while in high school.

3. He attended the University of Nebraska at Lincoln and graduated in 1983 with a B.A. in Theater and English.

4. Anton began his career as a college circuit comedian in the 1980s.

5. In 1984, he traveled the Mediterranean and Middle East as part of an all-comedy USO tour, spending two months in Turkey, Greece, Bahrain, Italy, Israel and Spain entertaining troops.

6. In the late 1980s, Anton moved to New York City and pursued some acting opportunities, then moved to Los Angeles.

7. He currently teaches at AMDA in Hollywood, California and at California State University, Long Beach in Long Beach, California.

8. He is a member of comedy group 2 Headed Dog with comedians Jim Turner, Mark Fite, and Dave Allen.

9. In the fall of 1995, Anton booked two TV pilots in Los Angeles.

10. He was cast as Nathan in The WB sitcom First Time Out which premiered in September and was later cast on the FOX sketch comedy series MADtv in October.

11. Clorox was supposed to be the main nemesis of the sketch and he was loosely based on Q from Star Trek.

12. He impersonated Dennis Miller and Nate Richert before leaving the show in 1998 at the end of the third season.

13. He has made guest appearances on such television series as Mr. Show with Bob and David, Coach, Boston Legal, Entourage, Curb Your Enthusiasm, The King of Queens, Ally McBeal, Lizzie McGuire, Everybody Loves Raymond, Weekends at the D.L., Two Broke Girls, and Mad Men.

14. In Phil of the Future, Anton plays Lloyd Diffy, a father and a paranoid engineer trying to fix a broken time machine.

15. In 2004, Anton starred in the animated series Tom Goes to the Mayor.

16. He provided the voice of one of the three city council members.

17. Along with comedians Ron Lynch and Brendon Small, Craig hosted the Tomorrow Show, a weekly live comedy show at the Steve Allen Theater in Los Angeles, California.

18. Though Anton and Small are no longer actively involved with the show the two occasionally make surprise appearances including a yearly anniversary performance.

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