Character: Mr. Claus
Nyuk nyuk nyuk! Tackling a classic slapstick film role, Will Sasso recently starred in the Farrelly Brothers’ 20th Century Fox comedy “The Three Stooges,” playing the abused yet beloved Curly alongside fellow Stooges Sean Hayes (Larry) and Chris Diamontopoulos (Moe). Last season Sasso starred as Vince Goodson in the CBS comedy “$#*! My Dad Says,” which won the People’s Choice Award for “Favorite TV Comedy.”
Sasso’s affinity for comedy was inspired from a very young age by such iconic television shows as “SCTV,” “Saturday Night Live” and “Monty Python’s Flying Circus.” Growing up in the suburbs outside Vancouver, he booked roles in television and film as a teenager, making his small screen debut on the CTV series “Neon Rider.” While still in his teens, Sasso starred as the quirky Derek Wakaluk on the award-winning Canadian dramatic series "Madison," and soon thereafter landed big screen roles in “Ernest Goes to School,” “Ski School 2,” “Happy Gilmore” and “Beverly Hills Ninja.”
After moving to Los Angeles, Sasso joined the hit Fox-TV sketch comedy series “MADtv,” where he starred for five seasons. The series provided the perfect platform for Sasso’s comedic talents. He won acclaim for a diverse gallery of characters, like the accident-prone handyman Paul Timberman and obnoxious singer Michael McCloud, as well as offbeat impressions of Kenny Rogers, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Steven Segal, Bill Clinton, James Gandolfini, Elvis Presley, Elton John and Robert DeNiro, among dozens of others.
After leaving “MADtv” in 2002, Sasso landed a regular role on the ABC sitcom “Less Than Perfect,” playing cafeteria manager Carl Monari. He maintained a busy profile in the television arena, with guest-starring stints on such series as “The X-Files,” “Family Guy,” HBO’s award-winning comedy “Entourage,” “CSI,” “How I Met Your Mother” and “Two and A Half Men,” with a recurring role on Fox-TV’s sitcom “’Til Death,” opposite Brad Garrett. He recently starred on TBS’s animated comedy “Neighbors from Hell,” as well as the aforementioned CBS comedy “$#*! My Dad Says,” which won the People’s Choice Award for Favorite New TV Comedy in November 2010. He wrote and executive produced the 2009 SonyTV/CBS sitcom pilot, “Waiting to Die,” with writing partner, Chad Kultgen.
Moviegoers know Sasso from his roles in more than forty feature films, including Christopher Guest’s satires “Best in Show” and “A Mighty Wind,” plus “Drop Dead Gorgeous,” “College Road Trip,” the Richard Kelly (“Donnie Darko”) dystopian black comedy “Southland Tales” and Greg Berlanti’s recent romantic dramedy “Life As We Know It.” Sasso had starring roles in the comedies “For Christ’s Sake” (which won Best Feature at the Seattle True Independent Film Festival in 2008 and which Sasso also produced under his Lord Mucker Entertainment banner), and “The Legend of Awesomest Maximus,” (for which he served as executive producer). Sasso will soon be seen in the comedy feature, “Division III: Football’s Finest” and in the lead role in Mike Clattenburg’s (“Trailer Park Boys”) dramedy, “The Guys Who Move Furniture.” Most recently, he played the lead opposite Mira Sorvino in the film “Twinkle.”
In his spare time, Sasso enjoys the great outdoors as well as the great indoors, where he maintains his own website (www.hamfatter.com) and tweets regularly on Twitter (www.twitter.com/willsasso).