Todd Stashwick was born in Chicago and raised in the suburbs right outside of the city. As a child he always had one eye on trying to make people laugh and working in Chicago at The Second City. Soon after graduating from Illinois State University, he began performing at several local improvisational theatres and was quickly hired to tour with The Second City all over the country.
Following productions at The Second City Detroit and The Second City Northwest, he moved to New York. In New York he formed a company of improvisers and began staging the underground critically acclaimed Burn Manhattan all over the city. (Other performers occasionally included Kate Walsh, Jeremy Piven and Spencer Kayden.) Quickly, work in television and film drew him to Los Angeles where he shot several pilots and series including recurring work on the series M.D.s, American Dreams, Rodney and Still Standing.
Recently he completed roles in the features Surfer Dude (oppostite Matthew McConaughey), You, Me And Dupree, The Air I Breathe, and Live! as well as an NBC pilot entitled Community Service opposite Jay Mohr. Recently on TV, you’ve seen him in The WAR at HOME, Burn Notice and Law and Order: Special Investigations Unit. He currently appears on the FX series The Riches opposite Minnie Driver and Eddie Izzard.
He has not abandoned his love for improvising and performing, though, and founded, operates, performs and teaches at his own improvisational theatre in North Hollywood called The Hothouse.