Before starting as an actor and comedian, John DiResta was a policeman, working for the New York City Transit for 12 years. Upon leaving the police force, he turned to stand-up comedy, performing in several venues across the city. Naturally, this would lead to acting, initially playing guest roles on television shows such as Law & Order. In 1998, he starred in his own sitcom, DiResta, which was cancelled after 15 episodes because of very dismal ratings.
DiResta is a veteran of film, having had a relatively extensive list of credits. His films include Miss Congeniality, its sequel Miss Congeniality 2: Armed & Fabulous, Ash Wednesday, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, and 8 Days. He also played guest roles in shows such as Becker, Providence, Judging Amy, Malcolm in the Middle and The Jake Effect. As a stand-up performer, he has toured across the world, appeared in several sketches for The Tonight Show, and is a frequent guest of The Howard Stern Show.
His latest project is the improv show American Body Shop, which he joined in its premiere in 2007. He plays “suspension specialist” Johnny, whose actual origins actually serve as a mystery—and a comic foil to the show.