George McGrath

George McGrath was a member of the Groundlings Company from 1984 to 1993. He performed with the company, taught in the school, directed the Sunday Show, created the long-running "Your Very own TV Show", co-starred in "Olympic Trials: A Chick Hazard Mystery" with the late, great Phil Hartman, and co-starred in another long-running show, "Ultimate Idol." He was nominated for an Emmy Award for his first writing job, PEE-WEE’S PLAYHOUSE, and was a series regular, appearing as the puppets Globey, The Flowers, The Fish, Cowntess and the live-action character, Zyzzyballubah. He was nominated again for writing the second season with Paul Reubens, and co-wrote his Paramount film BIG TOP PEE-WEE. He created, wrote, and starred in Nick-At-Nite’s first original series, ON THE TELEVISION, and co-executive produced 40 episodes, giving dozens of Groundlings their first TV writing and acting jobs. George created the CBS children’s series, RIDERS IN THE SKY; was the head writer for LATER WITH GREG KINNEAR; and wrote the FOX TV movie, BASED ON AN UNTRUE STORY.
 
For the next several years, he worked on a dozen sitcoms and became one of the highest paid and sought-after creative consultants working in network TV. He returned to his roots, sketch comedy, working with the brilliant Tracey Ullman - writing/producing her HBO series TRACEY TAKES ON and special TRACEY ULLMAN’S TRAILER TALES. He also had a recurring role on TAKES ON as Jonathan Meade. He won a GLAAD Award, and received his third and fourth Emmy nominations for writing and producing TAKES ON. He is also a songwriter, with over 90 songs in his BMI catalogue, including PEE-WEE’S PLAYHOUSE theme song, which won the Theme Song of the Year Award. He continues to act and write, and currently teaches at the New York Film Academy