Sean Kent is a stand-up comic and television writer originally from Austin, Texas, now residing in Seattle, Washington. Kent is best known for his appearances as a series regular on the NBC show Last Comic Standing (seasons 1 & 3). His comedy can be classified as smart, satirical, incisive and has been critically acclaimed by Rolling Stone Magazine and XM Radio who called his debut CD "Sex, Drugs, and Politics" "An instant classic!"
Kent also has worked as a writer in Hollywood, authoring the CBS special "Super Bowl's Greatest Commercials", doing work on the CBS show "Yes, Dear," and writing on staff for the "Best Damn Sports Show Period" on Fox Sports Net.
Kent attended a Baptist Private School until he was 18 where he lettered in Varsity Basketball and Cross Country. He was almost expelled several times but managed to graduate with a 3.4 GPA.
In 2003 Kent landed his first staff writing job on a weekly TV show, "The Best Damn Sports Show Period". While Kent was writing for "Best Damn" he was diagnosed with cancer (stage III Hodgkin's Disease). Kent did not leave his job but underwent chemotherapy one day a week and worked the other four, sometimes putting in 50 to 60 hours a week writing despite his weakened condition.
After undergoing three months of chemotherapy and a month of radiation therapy he was pronounced in remission. Shortly after finishing treatment, Kent auditioned and was subsequently chosen as a series regular for Last Comic Standing Season One.
Almost immediately after Last Comic Standing Season One wrapped Kent received the news that his cancer had returned. He then underwent an intensive chemotherapeutic procedure known as an Autologous Tandem Bone Marrow Transplant which involved radically high doses of chemotherapy and long stays in the hospital. During one particularly arduous stay at City of Hope Medical Center Kent developed an infection in his chest port and lost 60 pounds.
A week after finishing treatment and getting out of the hospital in October 2003, Kent (then reduced to a self-described "hairless stick-figure") went on a month long road trip around the U.S. with his (now ex) wife, saying, "I had seen too much ugliness in the recent past. Too many hospitals. I needed to stand on a cliff and soak up something beautiful, something bigger than the death I had been surrounded with for 9 months." Spiritually and physically rejuvenated after his travels, Kent returned to stand-up with energy and passion.
In August 2004 Kent was asked by NBC to appear on Season 3 of Last Comic Standing, which he agreed to only after receiving assurances that his performances would not be edited in any way.
In September 2004 Kent competed on season 3, making it through 6 of 8 total episodes before being voted off. His unedited performances were praised by critics who labeled his routines "daring and funny".
In 2005 Kent was asked to give the keynote address at the 29th Annual City of Hope Bone Marrow Transplant Reunion. He now regularly speaks at cancer fundraisers, most recently sharing a bill with Will Ferrell.
Kent had previously sold some recordings of his act to the record company Laughing Hyena Records for use on a compilation CD but had yet to release his own full-length album.
In August 2005 Kent recorded and released his first hour-long comedy CD, "Sex, Drugs, and Politics".
The CD deconstructs pop-culture, politics, drug laws, and attitudes about sex in America, including a now-famous riff on the Terri Schiavo case. It differs from a normal comedy album in that it is an almost completely unedited recording of a live show as opposed to most comedy CDs which are chopped up in post-production in order to smooth out any rough portions. Kent wanted his debut disc to contain a rawer, more immediate feel.
It also includes an outtake track of Kent battling a drunk woman in the audience plus a song that has become something of a cult classic called "Your Genitals are Evil" - which was co-written with Tom Von Doom, formerly of the band Cycle Sluts From Hell.