Steve Burrows - Writer, Director, Performer

Steve Burrows : Bio


Born in Dayton, Ohio, Steve was weaned and reared in Milwaukee, Wisconsin - Beer Capital of the World. After his Dad won it all by playing the saw on The Gong Show, Steve's future in show business was a lock.

Graduating from the University of Wisconsin with two questionable majors (Political Science and Film Criticism), Steve moved to Chicago, joining Second City Director Del Close as a member of the acclaimed, groundbreaking improvisational comedy group, Baron's Barracudas.

Meeting his future wife at O'Hare Airport while wearing a cabana suit, Steve relocated to L.A. where he made his first film, The Soldier of Fortune - a short about his actual appearance and subsequent humiliation on The Wheel of Fortune game show. The film garnered a plethora of film festival wins, as well as one lawsuit by Merv Griffin.

From there, Steve became a writer/performer for the famed comedy troupe, The Groundlings, where his shameless mugging led to stints on everything from Seinfeld to America's Funniest Home Videos to over 200 TV spots - including perhaps his best known performance as the "Jowly Guy With Psoriasis" in Super Bowl XXVII.

After optioning several scripts and writing an original screenplay for 20th Century Fox, Steve turned his increasingly cringe-worthy show biz experiences into his directorial feature film debut with Chump Change (Fame, Fortune, Cheese and Beer) starring Tim Matheson, Jerry Stiller, Anne Meara, Fred Willard, Abe Vigoda and Traci Lords!

Bowing at the prestigious AFI Film Festival to rave reviews, Chump Change then played to sellout crowds at the HBO Comedy Fest in Aspen, winning the Audience Award / Best Feature. It is there Miramax Films and the Weinstein Brothers acquired Chump Change for distribution. (

Burrows then went on to win over 75 awards for writing/directing television commercials on over five continents - including the Cannes Lion, multiple Addy and Telly awards - not to mention the New York Festivals Grand Gold for the iconic Accuserv "Paper Tray" ad - a spot which now resides, inexplicably, in the permanent collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art in NYC.

Burrows then went viral, turning his latest trials and tribulations into the award-winning Glass Nickel Pizza Anthology starring felon Joey Buttafuoco, which was subsequently turned into The King Kaiser Show - the award-winning ($12,000!) show-within-a-show starring a fella weaned and reared in Milwaukee, Wisconsin - Beer Capital of the World - and his somewhat dubious career in show biz.

Burrows is currently working on several feature film and television projects, including a slew of comedies, a drama and a documentary.

His bowling average is 189.

Stephen Burrows on IMDB

Stephen Burrows Other Works on IMDB

Steve Burrows - Directors Guild of America, Writers Guild of America, Screen Actors Guild - DGA - WGA - SAG

Steve Burrows - Writer, Director, Performer