John Lehr


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  • Birth Place: Overland Park, KS
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 11/25/1967, Sagittarius
  • Profession: Actor; Screenwriter; Producer
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Watch My Show: Quick Draw's Nancy Hower and John Lehr Answer Our Showrunner Survey

Hulu continues to expand its programming, launching the new parody The Hotwives of Orlando plus bringing back the teen drama East Los High and Seth Meyers' animated superhero comedy The Awesomes for additional seasons. Also returning: The Western farce Quick Draw, starring John Lehr (10 Items or Less) as a Harvard grad practicing criminology and forensics in the Wild West town of Great Bend, Kan. Lehr and Nancy Hower, who executive produce with Keith Raskin, filled out our TV Guide Magazine showrunner survey to explain why we should saddle up to Quick Draw.

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Watch This: Hulu's Improv Western Quick Draw Is a Refreshing Change of Pace

There haven't been a lot of comedy westerns save Blazing SaddlesThree Amigos and Wild Wild Westnone of which were released in the new millennium. Thankfully, Hulu breathed new life into the genre with its original series Quick Draw, an improvised comedy from 10 Items or LessJohn Lehrand Nancy Hower.

Quick Draw follows Sheriff John Henry Hoyle (Lehr), a bumbling Harvard grad who is so confident in his intellectual superiority he even boasts about graduating 327th in his class. Now living in Great Bend, Kansas, Hoyle attempts to introduce forensics to the local rubes, who include the dim-witted Deputy Eli (newcomer Nick Brown), the brazen brothel owner Honey (The SopranosAllison Dunbar) and the mopey Undertaker Vernon Shank (Cougar Town's Bob Clendenin).

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Exclusive Video: What a Harvard Education Will Get You on Hulu's Cowboy Comedy Quick Draw

Is the Old West ready for a Harvard-educated sheriff?

On the Hulu original comedy Quick Draw, which launches online Monday, Sheriff John Henry Hoyle (John Lehr of TBS' 10 Items or Less) will set a small Kansas town on its ear with his new-fangled ways and talk of eczema.
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Good Cop, Bad Cop
The Deserter
Mr. Jealousy

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The Sweetest Thing
The Sweetest Thing
The Sweetest Thing [HD]
The Sweetest Thing

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Up Staged
Railroad Spur
Honey's Beau

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TV Listings



Year Title Description
2013 Quick Draw TV Show Series, Actor - Sheriff John Henry Hoyle
2013 Quick Draw TV Show Series, Creator
2011 Clash of the Commercials TV Show Series, Host
2007 American Cannibal Movie, Actor
2006 10 Items or Less TV Show Series, Writer

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Video Exclusive: Your First Look at Crackle's Prison Comedy Jailbait

Who needs the grimness and drama of Oz? The upcoming Crackle Web series Jailbait offers a more humorous take on life behind bars. has your first look at the 10-webisode comedy starring John Lehr (TBS' 10 Items or Less) as Oswald "Ozzie" O'Connor,  a guy who accidentally buys drugs in a sting operation and is now facing nine months in prison. It's quite an adjustment for his sunny personality, and he naively observes, "Prison is just an uncomfortable environment and they're very successful at it."

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Behind the Scenes on Episode 2

Hi, blog readers! I feel like a professional blog guy, now that I'm plunking down my second blog. Wow, I just used the word "blog" three time in those two sentences. And there! I used it again. The word "blog," that is. There again. Maybe I should move on.This next show is called "The Miracle Worker," but at the office we called it "Jesus Stain," for obvious reasons. I thought I'd point out a few things that happened when we were making this one.In the first scene, Leslie accosts two Girl Scouts for selling their cookies in the store. The blonde girl is the daughter of one of the TBS executives, Lillah McCarthy. I know, I know, you're saying "Unfair!" and you may be right, but after you see her in action I think you'll agree that this kid kicks butt. Both girls were super-sweet and had no idea what to make of me. Lillah and her boss, Michael Wright, are the two TBS execs behind our show and are both ex-actors. I think that has a lot to do with their affinity for our show. Because of... read more

How I Got My Shows... (Part 1)

This week has been crazy. I spent the Thanksgiving weekend back in Oklahoma with the family... my mom was obsessed with picking up people's pumpkins from the street and roasting the seeds. I had to get out of the car in the cold a few times to load more than a handful of strangers' pumpkins. I flew home Monday to LA morning and had to go from the airport to an audition and then immediately to the G4 studios to shoot a live TV show. This has been the schedule for my life lately, so everything went smoothly because I'm used to it.Yesterday on Attack of the Show, we had a very special guest... I was very excited because he's fellow TV Guide blogger John Lehr. We laughed together, reminisced together, and even shed a few tears together... I think we're best friends now. I doubt he'd say the same, but I thought that if I put it out in the universe it might come true... fingers crossed!If you haven't checked out his blog yet, you should, but also watch his new TV show 10 Items or Less. It... read more Goes Shopping with 10 Items or Less

Even if the murder of Desperate Housewives' Nora is still giving you the heebie-jeebies about venturing to your local grocery store, it's entirely safe to check out TBS' supermarket-themed sitcom 10 Items or Less, premiering tonight at 11 pm/ET. Fronting this semi-improvised look at a family-run market is John Lehr (I'm a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here), who not only serves as cocreator, executive producer and writer, but is penning a blog about the program for Explaining 10 Items' supermarket setting to during a recent visit to the set, Lehr said, "We wanted to do something relatable. We wanted to have characters who are absurd and funny, but also ones you feel could truly exist, i read more

How did I get a TV show?

Hi there blog reader. My name is John Lehr and I am the star of a yet-to-be-aired TV show called ‘10 Items or Less’. I just re-read that first sentence and laughed. It is laughable that this show came to be at all and now, after two years of struggling to get it on the air, here we are—days away. This show is a dream job for me: I executive produce, write and…as you already know, act as well. This show really started 20 years ago when I was at Northwestern University outside Chicago where I discovered a thing called improv. “You mean I can say anything I want?” I had grown up in Kansas and the idea that you could get on stage and say whatever hit your brain was a shock. It was love at first sight. After graduating I hooked up with a bunch of Second City grads, formed a group called ‘Random Sample’, and started doing bar gigs all over Chicago. But after a while, doing improv games in bars for $20 a night ran a little thin. Soon I was working ... read more

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