Rob Belushi was trending on Feb. 19, not only because he now has a new Spike TV program but also because the 32-year-old is carrying on the family tradition. Rob is Jim's son and John's nephew, so apparently he has acting in his blood. According to the Associated Press via Yahoo! News, Rob's been laying the groundwork for a good gig on the small screen for the better part of a decade.
This Belushi's resume does include some solid parts, including one on his father's show, "According to Jim." He also appeared on Jim's program called "The Defenders" along with boasting roles on some made-for TV movies.
But now he's the main act on "The Joe Schmo Show." The fresh offering requires that Rob Belushi use his standup skills as well as working out his acting chops since this new program is part scripted and part improvisation.
That's OK with Rob, though. Like his dad and his uncle, he has been trained in this mode of performing by laboring for the famed Second City in his father's native Chicago. But working for this improv group was a lot of guts and not all that much glory.
Belushi said, "My first job was as a host at Second City, where I essentially shushed drunk tourists and cleaned up throw-up in the bathroom with kitty litter. But I also got to watch the show seven nights a week."
Meanwhile, he soldiered through that initiation process, and, in true Belushi spirit, emerged victorious, working his way up to bigger and better gigs. And now Rob Belushi has his own program on the tube called "The Joe Schmo Show" on Spike TV. This working actor is definitely part of the family business in a huge new role and in his own right, too.