To say Jim Nieb has had a varied career so far would be an understatement.
A student at the school for many years under the watchful eyes of Chris Liebe, and Mark and Tracy Pellegrino, Jim decided he wanted to give something back to the school that had given him so much. In April, 2009 he launched the Playhouse West Comedy Program. The program has continued to grow ever since with hundreds of students having come through the program in a school not, previously, known for comedy. The program hosts regular weekly improv shows as well as other special event shows, speakers, and many different classes geared towards comedy.
Jim was conceived in Germany, born in Ohio, and raised in Northern Virginia. He started his career doing stand up comedy his senior year of high school and in 1992 joined ComedySportz, DC and his professional comedy career began. It was around that time that he also began performing, pretty much, anything he could do that was performance based: on camera, voice-over, improv teaching, juggling, stilt-walking, renaissance festivals, clowning, magic, balloon sculpting, fire eating, impersonations, corporate entertainment, and much more.
The Maryland Renaissance Festival is where Jim learned how to work a crowd, large or small and to truly hone his improv talents. Up to 20,000 folks a day came through enabling him to try out new bits and truly immerse himself in a character. During this time, Jim also worked for six years with the Big Apple Circus Clown Care Unit (CCU), an outreach program of the circus which works with children’s hospitals around the USA putting clown doctors on regular CLOWN ROUNDS in conjunction with the Child-Life programs in the hospitals.
2004 was the year that found Jim making his move to Los Angeles.
Since moving to Los Angeles Jim has had the great fortune to work on camera with some amazing directors over the years including such legends as Peter Farelley, Clint Eastwood, J.J. Abrams, and Jerry Zucker to name a few.
In 2005, while waiting to join the writing lab at Groundlings, Jim was introduced to the prestigious Playhouse West School and Repertory Theater and knew he'd found a home and he began training. The school, founded by Robert Carnegie and Jeff Goldblum, is one of the very few Meisner schools in LA sanctioned by Sanford Meisner himself. During his time at Playhouse West Jim has done a number of plays including being in the original cast of Scott Caan’s new play, Word Faithful, which premiered at Playhouse West in 2014.
In addition to teaching the technique classes and leading the Playhouse West Comedy Program, Jim continues to act in films, television and commercials. One recent highlight has been several appearances as a regular on the Jimmy Kimmel Live! show, particularly appearances in the "How Long" segments.