Born in Highland Park, MI, and raised in Detroit, Tim Meadows studied television and radio broadcasting at Wayne State University, before performing improvisational comedy at the Soup Kitchen Saloon. In 1985, Meadows relocated to Chicago, where he first joined ImprovOlympic, and then the legendary comedy troupe Second City. During his three years at Second City, he wrote and starred in productions of “The Gods Must Be Lazy,” with Chris Farley; “It Was Thirty Years Ago Today;” and “Flag Smoking Permitted in Lobby Only.” In 1991, Lorne Michaels asked him to join “Saturday Night Live” as a featured player.
That same month, Meadows was nominated for an Emmy Award, as part of the show’s writing team. Two years later, he made the transition to cast member. During his 10 years on the late-night show, Meadows created characters such as “Leon Phelps, the Ladies’ Man” and “Lionel Osbourne,” host of the fictional public affairs show “Perspectives.” His impressions of OJ Simpson, Ike Turner and Sammy Davis Jr. were memorable, as well.
Meadows also played the school principal in the hit comedy “Mean Girls,” and co-starred with Adam Sandler and Chris Rock in the blockbuster comedies “Grown Ups” and “Grown Ups 2.” He appeared in a string of films based on “Saturday Night Live” sketches, including “Coneheads,” “Wayne’s World 2” and “The Ladies Man,” the latter of which gave Meadows the chance to bring his Courvoisier-drinking romantic adviser, “Leon Phelps,” to the big screen. In 2000, Meadows left “SNL” to join “The Michael Richards Show” as a series regular. In 2002, he joined the cast of the comedy “Leap of Faith.”
He also co-starred in the comedy “Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story,” with John C. Reilly. Other films include “Jack and Jill”; “Benchwarmers”; “Semi-Pro,” with Will Ferrell; and “Aliens In The Attic,” with Kevin Nealon and Ashley Tisdale. He was series regular on “The Bill Engvall Show” and “Glory Daze.” He was a regular correspondent on “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” and “The Colbert Report.” His other television credits include “Marry Me,” “The Office,” “The New Adventures of Old Christine” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” Meadows also lends his voice to animated hit comedies “The Life & Times of Tim” and FOX’s BOB’S BURGERS.
He currently resides in Chicago.