American actor and comedian Steve Rannazzisi was born on July 4, 1978 in Long Island, New York. A graduate of the State University of New York with a degree in theater, he soon left for nearby New York City to pursue an acting career. He initially worked as a doorman for the renowned stand-up venue Comedy Store, where he eventually moved up and trained with famed comedians such as Eddie Griffin and Andrew Dice Clay. He also performed stand-up while juggling his other duties. During the time, he took further training with comedy group The Groundlings, and also appeared on several theater productions.
Rannazzisi’s screen debut came in 2003, when he appeared in the celebrity candid camera show Punk’d. He appeared as one of the field agents, contributing to situations in which the targeted celebrities have to deal with. The following year, he made his film debut, appearing in a short film entitled The Fax. His first regular television role came in 2006, when he joined the romantic comedy Big Day; he played the role of Skobo, an ex-boyfriend of Alice (Marla Sokoloff), who tries to get Becca (Miriam Shor) banned from the wedding. The series was cancelled after less than a season due to bad ratings.
Rannazzisi also appeared in the television shows See Jayne Run and Kitchen Confidential, and in the film For Your Consideration.