Bil Dwyer began his stand-up comedy career in college at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Il., where he took third place in the “Catch A Rising Star” competition held at the University. Bil later quietly killed the first and second place winners.
After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Radio-Television, Bil spent a jobless summer in Carbondale before heading to Los Angeles, CA where he held a variety of jobs, one of them being a tour guide at Universal Studios. Bil studied improvisation at the L.A. Connection where he quickly moved through the ranks before becoming bored. He then took a job at the world famous Improvisation as a host and doorman, where his spark for stand-up comedy was rekindled. The next few years were a blur, as he continued doing stand-up comedy while he also got married and fathered two children with the assistance of his wife, Sara.
In 1993, Bil booked his first television appearance on MTV’s Comikaze. He later followed this up with bookings on Caroline’s Comedy Hour, Comedy on the Road, and An Evening at the Improv. While auditioning for Star Search (which he didn’t get), Bil was singled out by a casting director to read for a major motion picture. After a grueling series of auditions, he was cast as “Todderbert” in Ski School 2. Though the film and Bil’s performance garnered favorable reviews, he has yet to do another feature film but is now looking at scripts at real actor’s houses.
Being a dedicated performer, Bil continues to ply his stand-up craft at such Southern California locations as the Improv, Laugh Factory, Luna Park, Largo and the HBO Workspace. 1996 was a busy year for Bil. He won the American Comedy Festival comedy competition in April, booked a national commercial for Boston Market in May (which is still running), and in June, he was scheduled to do Late Night with Conan O’Brien, but on the day of the show was bumped for John Davidson, who apparently is trying to become hip again.
Bil guest starred on HBO’s “Larry Sanders Show” and performed at the 1997 Montreal Just for Laughs Festival.
Mr. Dywer currently resides in Glendale, CA with his wife and two children and lives in a magic Tudor-style house where elves make him a new pair of shoes nightly.