A regular at the Laugh Factory, The Improv and the Comedy Store in Hollywood, California, actor/comedian Skyler Stone shows off his amazing ability to "con" people in his own comedy/reality show on Comedy Central, "Con" (2005). The stand-up comedian, who hones in on his craft at Playhouse West and the Groundlings, also appeared in films like "Van Wilder" (2002), "The Rules of Attraction" (2002), "Stuck on You" (2003), "Waiting..." (2005), "The Island" (2005), and "For Your Consideration" (2006). He will next be seen in the upcoming film "No Place Like Home" alongside Danny DeVito.
Stone, who won the $25,000 grand prize on the first-ever episode of "Dog Eat Dog," has guest starred in such TV shows as "Scare Tactics" and "CSI: NY."
Childhood and Family:
In St. Louis, Missouri, Skyler Stone was born on January 1, 1979. His father is Joe Clipner, a critically acclaimed creative writer in advertising whose work has won Addy's, Clio's, among others.
Skyler studied Communications at Western Michigan University (WMU), the same school attended by fellow actors Tim Allen and Bruce Campbell. There, he also hosted a movie talk show with Phillip Andreadis at the campus radio station.
Skyler later sharpen his craft with Playhouse West and the Groundlings. He now resides in Los Feliz, California.
In 2001, Skyler Stone began appearing on television, with a guest spot as Mike 'The Bully' St. Aubin in an episode of the TV series "Flipped." In the following year, he began appearing in films, in Steffen Schlachtenhaufen's independent short film "Hector," alongside Kal Penn, and had an uncredited role as a test taker in Walt Becker's comedy movie "National Lampoon's Van Wilder," starring Ryan Reynolds as the titular character. He also had a small role in Roger Avary's dark satirical film based on the 1987 novel by Bret Easton Ellis, "The Rules of Attraction," starring James Van Der Beek, Shannyn Sossamon, Ian Somerhalder, Jessica Biel, Kip Pardue, and Clare Kramer, and appeared in a TV commercial for Honda.
Stone added to his resume with works in the films "Stuck on You" (2003), a drama/comedy by the Farrelly brothers starring Matt Damon and Greg Kinnear, and "Days Like These" (2004), a 19-minute short comedy film by Ross Guidici in which he starred as an unlucky young man named Zach who struggles to make a first date with a sultry and impatient girl (played by Carla Mackauf). He was also spotted as a guest in an August 2003 episode of Sci Fi Channel's reality show "Scare Tactics," and was a contestant on TV game shows "Whammy! The All New Press Your Luck" on the Game Show Network and "Dog Eat Dog" on NBC, which he both won. Additionally, he appeared in the TV commercial for “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” (2002) DVD release and for America Online (AOL).
2005 saw Stone as Mike St. Aubin/Various Characters in his own comedy/reality show, "Con." In the show that aired on Comedy Central, Stone reveals the secrets of his profession as a con artist by performing confidence tricks, scams, and hoaxes of various degrees of complexity on camera.
Meanwhile, he played bit parts in writer/director Rob McKittrick's independent comedy film "Waiting...," starring Ryan Reynolds, Justin Long, and Anna Faris, James Oxford's clever 15-minute short sci-fi film "Smart Card," and Michael Bay's action/sci-fi/thriller "The Island," in which he played Scarlett Johansson's husband in the flashback scenes. He was also spotted as a guest in an episode of CBS crime/cop drama series "CSI: NY" and tested for NBC's “Saturday Night Live” (SNL) in that same year.
In 2006, Stone could be seen in two comedy films, "Accepted," directed by Steve Pink and stars Justin Long, Jonah Hill, Lewis Black, and Columbus Short, and "For Your Consideration," helmed by Christopher Guest and features Eugene Levy, Michael McKean, Fred Willard, Bob Balaban, Jennifer Coolidge, Jane Lynch, Ed Begley Jr., John Michael Higgins, and Jim Piddock.
Recently, in 2007, Stone appeared in a comedy TV movie that he directed, "Skyler's Revolution," and in a contoversial comedy film directed by Howard Duy Vu, "Equal Opportunity." He also provided his voice for a real-time strategy video game called "Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars."
A regular at the Laugh Factory, The Improv and the Comedy Store in Hollywood, California, Stone, whose biggest influences are Steve Martin, Steven Wright, Michael Mann, Vince Vaughn, Ben Stiller and early Michael Keaton comedies, made his first national stand-up appearance on “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” in January 2007. He also pulled out his Vince Vaughn impression and got a standing ovation.
He is currently working on his upcoming film project, "No Place Like Home," a comedy written and directed by Sam Harper in which he will share the screen with Danny DeVito.