Ted Jessup (born August 23, 1960) is an American television writer, producer, and performer. He is a writer for the Fox sitcom Family Guy, and has written the episodes "12 and a Half Angry Men," "Mom's the Word," "The 2000-Year-Old Virgin," "Brokeback Swanson," and "High School English."
Early life and education
Ted Jessup was born in Geneva, Switzerland, where his father was serving with the U.S. State Department. He grew up in Europe and attended international schools. He graduated from Hamilton College in New York state.
Jessup has been a producer and writer for ABC News, National Geographic Television, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, The Late Late Show (CBS TV) with Craig Kilborn, Seth MacFarlane, VH1, MTV and The Al Franken Show among others.
Jessup has written comedy for numerous award-winning shows including The Peoples Choice, Guys Choice and Video Game Awards. He co-created the cult favorites VH1's Rock Candy and Dave and Steve's Video Game Explosion. He was also an executive producer and head writer for Nickelodeon's Space Cases.
Jessup was the executive producer and head of programming for Lorne Michaels's experimental, youth-targeted Burly Bear Network. He also executive produced the critically acclaimed feature film, Throwing Down, which won best American film at the 1995 Hamptons’ Film Festival. Jessup also won a CableACE Award for directing The Other Europe for the Travel Channel, starring Billy Kimball.
As a performer Jessup appeared as himself in The Real Roseanne Show. He has appeared in numerous sketches on The Late Late Show. He played a talkative “john” opposite porn star Sasha Grey in Steven Soderbergh’s The Girlfriend Experience. He appears regularly as a commentator on TruTV Presents: World's Dumbest... He is a regular contributor and one of the original editors of The Old Yorker, the Internet humor journal.
Jessup is a direct descendant of the puritan John Jessup, a founder of Southampton, Long Island, and also of Henry Harris Jessup, the missionary and co-founder of the American University in Beirut. He is a nephew of Philip Jessup the noted diplomat, jurist and scholar. Jessup resides in New York City and Los Angeles.