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Encyclopedia > John Melendez
John Melendez
Born October 4, 1965 (1965-10-04) (age 42)
New York City, New York
Occupation Announcer
Spouse Suzanna Keller

John Melendez, formerly known as "Stuttering John" (born October 4, 1965 in New York City), is the announcer for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. If you hold the copyright to an image (e. ... is the 277th day of the year (278th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the 1965 Gregorian calendar. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... This article is about the state. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Continuity announcer. ... is the 277th day of the year (278th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the 1965 Gregorian calendar. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... James Douglas Muir Jay Leno (born April 28, 1950) is an Emmy-winning American comedian who is best known as the current host of NBC televisions long-running variety and talk program The Tonight Show. ...


Early years

Melendez was born to a Danish mother, and a stern Puerto Rican father who would occasionally have fits of rage. Melendez claims that he developed his chronic stutter and obsessive-compulsive disorder soon after witnessing a harsh argument between his parents. He lived in Massapequa, Long Island and attended Plainedge High School, where he was taunted by the neighborhood bullies because of his stuttering. Eventually, he befriended those bullies and got into trouble himself. Stuttering is a speech disorder in which pronunciation of the (usually) first letter or syllable of a word is repeated involuntarily. ... Massapequa is a hamlet (and a census-designated place) located in Nassau County, New York. ... This article is about Long Island in New York State. ... Plainedge is a census-designated place located in Nassau County, New York. ...

In 1988, Melendez attended New York University's film school, and belonged to a band called "Rock Slide". His college roommate was on the verge of quitting his internship with The Howard Stern Show, when Melendez begged him for a recommendation for an internship there. The show's producer, Gary Dell'Abate, mentioned Melendez's stuttering problem to Howard Stern, who decided to see him perform and eventually, to hire him. New York University (NYU) is a private, nonsectarian, coeducational research university in New York City. ... This article is about the radio show hosted by Howard Stern. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article is a biography of Howard Stern as an individual; for information regarding his radio show see The Howard Stern Show. ...

The Howard Stern Show

On Stern's show, Melendez conducted outrageous street interviews, premised on the idea that celebrities would not want to look bad by refusing an interview from a stutterer. Melendez also appeared at press conferences and ask off-the-wall questions to Gennifer Flowers, Ringo Starr, and the Dalai Lama. He also provided comic interest with his misadventures, poor grammar and sloppy pronunciation. For example, the name "Nicolas Cage" becomes "Niggaless Cage" and "Suzanna" (his wife's first name) becomes "Suzanner" when spoken by Melendez. Gennifer Flowers (born January 24, 1950) is one of three women who have claimed to have had affairs with U.S. President Bill Clinton. ... Richard Starkey Jr, MBE (born 7 July 1940), known by his stage name Ringo Starr, is an English musician, singer, songwriter and actor, best known as the drummer of The Beatles. ... This article is about the Dalai Lama lineage. ... Nicolas Cage (born January 7, 1964) is an Academy Award-winning American actor. ...

National Exposure

He received national exposure when Stern's show began airing on national television. During his 15-year run as Stern's sidekick/whipping boy, Melendez also starred in the Off-Broadway show Tony n' Tina's Wedding where he met his wife, Suzanna. Melendez had bit parts in the movies Airheads, Meet Wally Sparks, Dude, Where's My Car?, and Howard Stern's movie Private Parts. He has also appeared on television on episodes of Wings, Baywatch Nights, and the U.S. version of the reality series I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here!. Off-Broadway plays or musicals are performed in New York City in smaller theatres than Broadway, but larger than Off-Off-Broadway, productions. ... Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding is one of the longest-running comedies in American theatrical history. ... For other uses, see Airhead (disambiguation). ... Meet Wally Sparks is a comedy film released in 1997 by Trimark Pictures. ... Dude, Wheres My Car? is a 2000 comedy film directed by Danny Leiner. ... Private Parts, a 1997 movie about Howard Stern. ... Wings was a sitcom that ran on NBC from 1990 to 1997. ... Baywatch Nights was a spin-off from the popular television series, Baywatch. ... Motto: (Out Of Many, One) (traditional) In God We Trust (1956 to date) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington D.C. Largest city New York City None at federal level (English de facto) Government Federal constitutional republic  - President George Walker Bush (R)  - Vice President Dick Cheney (R) Independence from... // This article is about the genre of TV shows. ... Im a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! is a UK reality television show in which celebrities live in jungle conditions with few creature comforts. ...

Tonight Show

Melendez worked with a speech coach to overcome his stuttering problem and was offered the position of announcer for The Tonight Show. He accepted the offer, making his Tonight Show debut on March 29, 2004. On this show, he is identified simply as "John Melendez" (as opposed to "Stuttering John Melendez") and any mention of his 'stuttering' roots have yet to be made. Melendez plays guitar and sings. He has released at least two CDs of hard rock with humorous lyrics, one on Atlantic Records and one on Razor & Tie Records. is the 88th day of the year (89th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Hard Rock redirects here. ... Atlantic Records (Atlantic Recording Corporation) is an American record label, and operates as a wholly owned subsidiary of Warner Music Group. ... Razor & Tie is a New York based corporation founded in 1993 by Cliff Chenfeld and Craig Balsam. ...

In 2004, Melendez provided the voice of Bob the computer on Tripping the Rift. He currently lives in the city of Calabasas, CA with his wife, Suzanna Keller, and three children. Tripping the Rift is a CGI science fiction comedy television series. ...

Preceded by
Edd Hall
The Tonight Show announcer
Succeeded by

Edd Hall (born December 7th, 1958) was the announcer for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno from 1992 to 2004. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


See also

list of famous Puerto Ricans in alphabetical order by last names, where applicable. ...

External links

  • John Melendez's Official Site
  • 'Stuttering' John Melendez at the Internet Movie Database
  • John Melendez's biography from the Tonight show
The Howard Stern Show
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Former staff A. J. BenzaBilly WestJackie MartlingK. C. ArmstrongStuttering John
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