A native of Peak’s Mill, Kentucky, Hal Sparks began his professional career as a member of the famed Second City Troupe. His quick wit and affable personality earned him the title of “Funniest Teenager In Chicago” by the Chicago Sun Times in 1987.
After a successful run with Second City, Sparks moved to Los Angeles and immediately began performing at numerous comedy clubs including The Improv, The Comedy Store, The Laugh Factory and The Ice House, as well as at Comic Relief’s American Comedy Festival.
Sparks was the host of the Emmy-award winning “Talk Soup” on E! Entertainment Television.
For five seasons, Sparks co-starred as Michael on the hit Showtime series “Queer As Folk,” based on the controversial and critically acclaimed British series. In 2006, Sparks hosted the WB reality series “Survival Of the Richest,” and is one of the stars of the VH1 hit pop culture series “I Love The 90’s,” “I Love The 80’s,” “The 80’s Strike Back” and “I Love The 70’s.” He also co-starred in the Showtime Original feature “Bleacher Bums,” adapted from the critically acclaimed play of the same name.
In 2004 Sparks appeared in the box office hit “Spiderman 2.” He also co-starred in the 20th Century Fox comedy, “Dude, Where’s My Car?,” “Dickie Roberts, Former Child Star” and “Chopper Chicks in Zombie Town” with Billy Bob Thorton. Sparks also provided the voices for two animal characters, a bee and a fish, in the 20th Century Fox film “Dr. Dolittle 2.” His numerous television appearances include “The Tonight Show,” “Larry King Live,” “Charlie Rose,” “Good Morning America,” “The View,” “Politically Incorrect,” MTV, “The Late, Late Show with Craig Kilborn,” and “Hollywood Squares.”