Mitch Rouse is a writer, director and actor who has worked in TV theater, and film. A well known vet in the world of improvisation, Rouse grew up in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. He later dropped out of college and moved to Chicago, where he studied improvisation under the late, great Del Close. During this time he was asked to join the stage of Chicago's famed, Second City Theatre, the birthplace of his idols - John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd and Bill Murray. While there Rouse wrote and performed several shows.
Following his feature debut alongside Vince Vaughn, in “Rudy”, Rouse moved to New York, to perform in the David Sedaris play “Stitches”, at La Mama Theatre.
While in New York, Mitch made a name for himself in television as a writer/performer on Comedy Central’s EXIT 57 - a show he created with friend and Second City alum, Stephen Colbert. EXIT 57 was the comedy network's first original half-hour, sketch comedy series. It ran two seasons and received five Cable Ace Award nominations, including Best Actor (Rouse) and Best Writing for a comedy series.
Rouse then created and appeared in the cult-hit “Strangers With Candy.” The comedy network's first half hour, scripted series, which later became a feature film produced by David Letterman’s World Wide Pants.
Some television appearances include; “RENO 911!”, “Spin City”, “Lost at Home”, and “The Secret Lives Of Men.” While appearing on ABC's hit sitcom “According to Jim”, Mitch created, and directed SPIKE TV's first foray into comedy with the critically acclaimed “Factory” which Rouse starred in and produced with longtime friend and Second City member, David Pasquesi.
His feature films, include; “Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me” – “Friends With Money” – “Spy School" and the Farrelly Brother's “Heartbreak Kid.”
Rouse wrote and directed the dark humored “Employee of the Month” with Matt Dillon, Steve Zahn, and Christina Applegate. "Employee" premiered at The Sundance Film Festival to rave reviews and has since become a cult classic. Rouse wrote Paramount Pictures hit comedy “Without a Paddle”, starring Seth Green, Dax Sheppard, and Burt Reynolds.
SONY/Columbia Pictures recently purchased Rouse's big summer, action film "Super Max."
Up next for Mitch is the dark 1/2 hour prison comedy “Merkin Penal.” Rouse says; “It’s like HBO’s “OZ”... but even funnier.”
Mitch Rouse stars in "Eddie" as the film’s title character, a stand up comic who suffers from depressio test n.