It’s been a decade since Justin Rupple graduated from the Edward R.
Murrow School of Communications at Washington State University. Thanks
to the school, he landed a dream internship and eventual job at KIRO
Radio in Seattle. It was truly a lifelong goal of his to work for the
home of the Seahawks & Mariners, considering he grew up a stone’s
throw away in Issaquah. His previous radio show at KUGR Radio in Pullman
was certainly a lot easier to break into than this Northwest
Satisfying his need to be behind the mic, he started
attempting stand-up comedy in early 2006 at the legendary, but now
defunct, Giggles Comedy Club in Seattle. It wasn’t until a new comedy
club discovered him in late 2008 at the Seattle International Comedy
Competition that Justin found his footing in the comedy scene. The
Parlor Live Comedy Club hired Rupple as their first and only house host,
and, for almost two years, he performed up to six shows a week at one
of the nation’s best clubs.
He left his home in Issaquah in 2010
for Los Angeles to keep the momentum pushing forward. Even with the help
from Seattle, it took nearly six years to find a foothold in one of the
most talent rich cities on the planet.
Finally this year, the
Tetris pieces seem to start fitting into place. First, he shot a new
feature length foreign film “Operation Chromite” starring Liam Neeson to
be released this summer. Then his luck continued as Dana Carvey and
company tapped him to compete on the new comedic impression game show
“First Impressions” on The USA Network Premiering May 10th. His episode
is scheduled to premiere May 24th at 10:30pm.