Jay Johnston

History of the Opera House: Jay Johnston — second generation on stage

Cheboygan native Jay Johnston sat down with former executive director of the Cheboygan Opera House Kathy King Johnson to talk about his experiences. For me, the story of the Opera House is inextricable from the story of Northland Players, Cheboygan’s community theater group. The Opera House was closed from the mid-'60s to 1982. The Northland Players formed in 1971, founded by Joyce Leslie and Jeannette Bronson.
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Why Bob’s Burgers Actor Jay Johnston Was Fired

“Bob’s Burgers”, near contestant for the throne of the best-animated sitcom, along with “Family Guy”, “The Simpsons”, “American Dad”, and a growing list of others every season. New shows that appear to come out every season, on every network, always appeared to be different in their own way but viewers could never help but compare animated sitcoms. Like most animated sitcoms, “Bob’s Burgers” follows a structure of a family and their exploits in and out of their owned restaurant, named after the father of the house. Conveniently, the family lives above the restaurant that they operate, which happens to be, or at least assumed to be a New Jersey shore town full of a boardwalk, or wharf as the townspeople call it as it is officially ”The Wonder Wharf”. Below, we’ve gone into detail on one of America’s favorite animated families, the Belchers from “Bob’s Burgers”, and how Bob’s Burgers fired voice actor Jay Johnston due to his involvement with the Capitol riots.
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Who was Jay Johnston in Arrested Development prior to controversy?

Headlines surrounding actor Jay Johnston mentioned he previously appeared in Arrested Development, with fans of the show curious to know who he played and how long for. Johnston will no longer voice Jimmy Pesto Sr in animated sitcom Bob’s Burgers, as reported by BuzzFeed via the Daily Beast, after he was allegedly spotted at the 6 January 2020 Capitol riots.
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Report: Comedian Jay Johnston Loses Bob’s Burgers Gig Due To Alleged January 6 Participation

As we near the one-year anniversary of the January 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., we’ve seen over 50 sentences handed down to rioters. This week, a man named Robert Palmer (no, not that one, and not that one either) received a 63-month sentence, the longest yet, for actions that include hurling a fire extinguisher at police officers and throwing a metal pole like a spear.

Bob's Burgers actor Jay Johnston has been reportedly banned for allegedly participating in the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol takeover

The actor and comedian will no longer voice his Jimmy Pesto Sr. character, a fan-favorite character and owner of Jimmy Pesto’s Pizzeria, reports The Daily Beast. Johnston has voiced the character for 43 episodes, the last of which aired on May 2. "One of the sources described it as a 'ban,'" reports The Daily Beast. "The other individual familiar with the matter described the situation similarly, adding that the Bob’s Burgers cast and crew, as well as Fox, were not looking to make 'a big deal' about the current blacklisting of the apparent insurrection-attendee." Fox and Disney declined comment, while Johnston could not be reached for comment on Friday. The Daily Beast adds: "Johnston, Fox and the staff of Bob’s Burgers have never publicly confirmed that that was, in fact, Johnston’s face that the FBI published in a poster soliciting tips about a possible riot suspect. Johnston has not been arrested or charged with a crime."
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Actor Jay Johnston Banned From ‘Bob’s Burgers’ Over Capitol Riot

The aftermath of the deadly Jan. 6 Capitol riot has—largely—been the story of a glaring lack of consequences. Though numerous alleged rioters have been picked up or charged by the feds, and several major MAGA personalities have been bombarded with subpoenas and expensive lawsuits, many of the leaders and lawmakers behind Donald Trump and the Republicans’ attempted coup have escaped an actual reckoning.

Report: Jay Johnston Banned From “Bob’s Burgers”

You may remember our reporting earlier this year of Jay Johnston probably being at the January 6th Capitol Riots and now it appears that has been verified 100% because The Daily Beast is reporting that the longtime actor has lost his job at Bob’s Burgers as the voice of “Jimmy Pesto”. The actor is effectively banned from the show, largely due to the FBI putting a beat out for information in his capture, although, it’s worth noting that Jay has not since been arrested. It’s also not known how much, if at all, Jimmy Pesto is featured in the upcoming Bob’s Burgers feature-length animated film that is slated to hit theaters Memorial Day weekend 2022. Jay is also one of the stars of Adult Swim’s Mr. Pickles/ Momma Named Me Sheriff in the role of “Stanley Goodman”, however, efforts to reach out to that show’s producers and Adult Swim has been futile in getting any information on the future of either of those franchises. It should be noted that there was a Mr. Pickles viewing party at last month’s Adult Swim Festival.

‘Bob’s Burgers’ Actor Jay Johnston Will Reportedly No Longer Voice Jimmy Pesto After Allegations That He Took Part In The Jan. 6 Siege

The Capitol siege of Jan. 6 attracted a lot of interesting people. There was the QAnon Shaman, of course. There was the “influencer” who bragged that she wouldn’t go to jail because she’s “blonde” and has “white skin.” (She was recently sentenced to two months.) There’s the guy who was arrested by the feds while in a touring production of Jesus Christ Superstar. There was also one major shock: Shortly after that fateful day, as feds and plebeians alike scoured over images of the perpetrators, some people thought one of them looked an awful lot like actor Jay Johnston.