Growing up in the woods of Northern Michigan, Stephen Lynch always had music in his life. But it wasn't until he saw the movie "This is Spinal Tap" that he found his direction to be a comedic singer songwriter.
Lynch moved to New York City in 1996 to put his music to the test. Disarming audiences with his sweet-voice and blindsiding them with his lyrics, Stephen found welcoming fans at the city's comedy clubs and downtown alternative comedy venues. He became a regular on radio shows such as "Opie and Anthony" and over the next couple of years began touring the country's nightclub and college circuit building a loyal fan base.
In 2000, Stephen taped his own "Comedy Central Presents" special, which was one of the highest rated episodes of the series. Later that year he released his first CD, "A Little Bit Special" (What Are Records), which was labeled the "comedy-music debut of the year" by Dr. Demento. In 2002, Stephen released his second CD, "Superhero" (What Are Records), a collection of live recordings from five different venues in and around New York City. In 2005, he released his third CD, The Craig Machine (What Are Records), recorded live at Symphony Space in New York City. Collectively, they have sold over 250,000 copies.
In 2004, Stephen released his first live DVD, "Live at The El Rey" (Razor & Tie). Recorded live at The El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles, the DVD contains over 70 minutes of live performance featuring 16 songs and over an hour of bonus material. It was certified Gold by the RIAA in March 2006 for sales in excess of 50,000 copies.Stephen has performed at the prestigious Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal, has been featured on Comedy Central's "The World Comedy Tour" taped in Melbourne Australia, on Comedy Central's "The World Stand's Up" taped in London and has made four appearances on NBC's "Last Call with Carson Daly."
On July 4, 2005, iTunes named Stephen's "A Little Bit Special" and "Superhero" as two of the 100 best-selling independent albums in iTunes' history.
Stephen has just completed an eight month run starring in the new Broadway musical, "The Wedding Singer" for which he received a Tony Award nomination for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical, a Drama League Award nomination for Distinguished Performance and a Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Actor in a Musical. "The Wedding Singer" is based on the 1998 Adam Sandler movie of the same name. Stephen plays the Sandler role of Robbie Hart.