Peter Gwinn is an American comedy writer and improviser from Evanston, Illinois. He attended Carleton College in Northfield, MN. He was a member of The Second City Touring Company from 1997 to 2000. He has taught at both the I.O. and Upright Citizens Brigade theaters and is the founder of the musical improv group Baby Wants Candy. He is the author of the 2003 book, Group Improvisation: The Manual of Ensemble Improv Games. Gwinn was a staff writer for the TV political satire The Colbert Report until 2012-06-14. He has made several on-screen appearances, as Jimmy the director, as a singer in a "Formula 401" sperm commercial and as a barbecue attendee. He has also written and appeared on the 2013 TV series Alpha House, produced by Amazon Studios.
Colbert announced in the final segment of his 2012-06-14 show that Gwinn was leaving the staff, giving no reason, but playing a clip package that ended with a stuffed effigy of Gwinn being thrown off the roof of the studio building, bouncing off a car into the street, and being run over by a minivan which backed up over the doll, twice, then drove away.
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- Fult, Josh (November 15, 2006). Improv Interviews: Peter Gwinn. Accessed on 2007-12-08.
- Amazon.com: Group Improvisation: The Manual of Ensemble Improv Games: Books: Peter Gwinn,Charna Halpern
- Video: Gwinn as Jimmy the Director. Comedy Central. Accessed on 2007-12-08.
- Video: Gwinn in "Formula 401" commercial. Comedy Central. Accessed on 2007-12-08.
- Video: Gwinn as a barbecue attendee. Comedy Central. Accessed on 2007-12-08.
- Lazarus, Susanna (May 29, 2013). "John Goodman's Alpha House given full series by Amazon's new pilot scheme". Radio Times. Retrieved November 8, 2013.