Jon started doing comedy in 1992 and in 1993 he won the Indiana University Campus Comedy Competition. In 1996, he moved to Seattle for a girl, gave up comedy, got dumped, and moved back to Indiana. It was 13 years before he went back on stage. During that time, the life experience he gained (marriage, parenthood, career, divorce, second marriage, lots of dining out) would serve as the catalyst for his second attempt at achieving standup comedy mediocrity.
He has appeared on NPR, SiriusXM, Hoosier TV’s “Who’s Laughing Now?”, Putty: a live arts talk show, and Brew Tube Comedy, and won the 2011 Bob and Tom Comedy All Star Contest and the 2013 Bloomington Comedy Contest. He was selected as a featured performer for the Limestone, Arch City, Super Dope, and Let's Fest comedy festivals and Cincinnati's Brew Ha Ha. Jon has appeared on a variety of podcasts, including History Bluffs, Two Gregs One Podcast, Strangers on this Road, Stand By Your Band, and Who's Drinking What?
In 2017, he released two EPs—“Live at the Comedy Attic” (Flannelgraph Records) and “I Made a Wish” (Let’s Pretend Records).
In addition, Jon's between-marriage dating experiences (and the notes he kept about those experiences) were part of the inspiration for the independent film “All the Others Were Practice.”
Some of the people he has opened for include: Nate Bargatze, Todd Barry, W. Kamau Bell, Doug Benson, Guy Branum, Chad Daniels, Judah Friedlander, Emily Galati, Gary Gulman, Pete Holmes, Stewart Huff, Al Jackson, Moshe Kasher, Jackie Kashian, Kyle Kinane, Andy Kindler, Joe Mande, Marc Maron, Eddie Pepitone, Emo Philips, Henry Phillips, Sara Schaefer, Rory Scovel, Beth Stelling, the Sklar Brothers, (personal friend) Tom Thakkar, Andy Woodhull, and Glenn Wool.
“Soft-spoken, Jon's jokes sneak up and blindside you.”
— Mat Alano-Martin, co-creator and co-director of the Limestone and Arch City comedy festivals
“He works hard but makes writing his killer bits look so effortless on stage."
— Jared Thompson, owner of The Comedy Attic