Ritch Shydner

Ritch Shydner (born December 3, 1952) is an American stand-up comedian, comic writer, and actor. Ritch Shydner was born in the small town of Pennsville, New Jersey. He studied business and sociology at Gettysburg College. At Gettysburg College he and sidekick, Camillo "Mad-Dog" Melchiorre, wrote, produced and starred in comedy skits for parents' weekends and fraternity events. Carmen "Honest-Abe" Volpecelli and Pluto "Fenderhead" Dombrosky also contributed mightily to their nearly-famous Used Car Salesman skit. After graduation, he did some substitute teaching in Pennsville, and managed a band. Shydner began to work for a congressman, which sparked his interest in law school. He attended George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, and it was there that he decided to become a stand-up comedian. He began writing a lot, and sent material to Mad magazine, and National Lampoon but found little success. Shortly after, Shydner started stand-up comedy. In the mid 1970s, Shydner went to open mike nights at local coffeehouses, and began opening for bands in Washington, D.C. and New York City. In 1982, he brought his act to Los Angeles.

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