Biography

    Jeff Cannata has been working in the tech and entertainment field since the young age of 14, when he parlayed a Bay Area creative writing award into a job at the Contra Costa Times newspapers, reviewing computer and video games in a weekly syndicated column. His column even embraced the pre-Internet world of online interaction with a feature called Cannata ON-Line, which allowed readers to submit questions by dialing into a homebrew bulletin board service.

    Jeff's column continued until he moved to Santa Barbara to attend UCSB, where he earned a BFA in Theatre, graduating with Honors.

    As an actor and comedian in Los Angeles, Jeff has built a resume that illustrates range and versatility. On television, he has been seen on The Mentalist on CBS, had recurring roles on soaps like The Bold and the Beautiful, General Hospital, and The Young and the Restless, as well as family fare like Nickelodeon's Just for Kicks. His numerous national and regional commercials include products as varied as Coors Light, Coldwell Banker, Disney, and the Apple iPhone.

    Jeff also has extensive stage credits, performing seasons with the Texas and Nevada Shakespeare Festivals, The Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum, and northern California's Theatreworks, where he won a Dean Goodman Award for the role of Chris in Arthur Miller's All My Sons. Jeff played the title character in the world premiere comedy, The Psychic, and the rock star Johnny in Dissonance, both at Gary Marshall's Falcon Theatre.

    Jeff performs live comedy as well, producing and starring in The Returning Champs , an improvisational comedy troupe that has appeared at venues such as Hollywood's IO West, Santa Monica's Westside Eclectic, and the LA Comedy Festival.

    With stand up comedian Christian Spicer, Jeff created Double Jump, the live late night comedy show which has played to sold out audiences at the popular Upright Citizen's Brigade Theater, and was recently turned into a weekly web show for the popular Nerdist YouTube Channel.

    On the web, Jeff's sketch comedy group, Very Angry Neighbors were named "YouTube Star of Month" and "YouTube Star of the Moment" by G4 Network. Other honors include YouTube's Most viewed, Top Rated, Most Discussed, Most Linked, Top Favorites and #1 Comedy. YouTube has featured VAN's videos as the Editor's top comedy pick, and Panasonic awarded the group 1st prize as "Best Comedy" on the site.

    As co-creator and host of the wildly successful net talk show, The Totally Rad Show, Jeff has become a recognized web personality and an authority on movies, video games, television, and comics for the hundreds of thousands of fans who watch the show.  TRS has been honored with Webby and Podcast awards, and was called "the best weekly video podcast - period" by Wired Magazine.

    Jeff was LA correspondent for Reviews on the Run, the G4 network's daily media review program, for over 300 episodes, and has guest hosted on /Film, This Week in Tech, Techzilla, Breaking it Down with Catherine Reitman, and Attack of the Show, among many others.  

    Jeff is also co-host of Weekend Confirmed for Shacknews.com, a weekly video game talk show widely regarded as one of the industry leaders, and spent a year as cohost of CNET's Always On with Molly Wood.