Overnight, an FBI wanted plea on Twitter became a mourning ground for comedy fans as it slowly dawned on many of them that what, at first, jokingly appeared to be comedic actor Jay Johnston in photos from the U.S. Capitol insurrection of Jan. 6, 2021, kept being confirmed by comedy insiders as the one and the same Jay Johnston.
We’re still awaiting official confirmation.
Thus far, we’ve only received second-hand accounts that Johnston has told friends he was in D.C. that day to attend the rally which preceded the attack on Capitol Police.
Johnston, 52, currently voices the role of “Jimmy Pesto” on Bob’s Burgers, the owner of a rival neighboring pizzeria.
Johnston was born and raised in Chicago, and got his comedy start there with Second City and the Annoyance Theater, before becoming widely known to comedy nerds as a regular contributor to HBO’s Mr. Show. His other major TV appearance, perhaps ironically now, came by playing a police officer on Comedy Central’s The Sarah Silverman Program.
This video coming up near the top of YouTube searches is, just, well, sigh.
And this is Johnston as Jimmy Pesto…