Tai Chi for Long Life

A little trivia on:

Raised in Peaks Mill, KY. At age 14 moved to Chicago and attended New Trier High School. 16 days after graduating he drove to California. He lives in North Hollywood.

Won the "Funniest Teenager in Chicago" contest in 1987

Does not and has never drunk alcoholic beverages.

Has several black-belts in martial arts and presently studies kung-fu

Speaks Mandarin Chinese

Born in Ohio but grew up in Peak's Mill, Kentucky.

He has a sister.

He's traveled to China, Japan, France, England, Mexico, Monaco, Thailand, and Canada.

Had a brief cameo in Spider-Man 2 (2004) as the man in the elevator who says "cool Spidey outfit".

Has a metal band called Zero 1, with a self titled debut album.

Though often mistaken for Vegan with his outspoken views on meat and dairy, Hal is actually a Pescatarian.

In August 2010, Hal sprung into action with the help of a fellow traveler named Katrina Onyett to perform CPR on an elderly man who collapsed at the Los Angeles International Airport.

Created the hand gesture for his iconic character Zoltan in Dude, Where's My Car.

Hal has performed live regularly in Los Angeles with his good friends Steel Panther, an 80s metal tribute band.

A long time fan and friend of the rock band King's X, dUg Pinnick was involved in production on Hal's debut CD.

Is a contributing political blogger on the Huffington Post.

Streams his weekly radio appearances with The Stephanie Miller Show and his own Chicago Progressive Talk radio show on the Ustream website.

Had a sketch comedy group called "Here Comes the Neighborhood.".

Studied with the Second City comedy troupe in Chicago as a teenager.

Has a five foot bronze statue of the Chinese God of martial arts, Kwan Gun, in his living room.

Originally named "The Hal Sparks Band", Hal's metal band included his cousin Miles Loretta on drums as well as his producer/director/friend Robert Hall. Robert's company Almost Human has done special effects for "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles".

As host of the syndicated game show "Treasure Mall" in 1988, Hal became the youngest show host in history.

In May of 2011 Hal became a first-time dad with the arrival of his son, Camden Harrison Sparks.

Can play 6 different musical instruments - guitar, bass, piano, mandolin, banjo, and saxophone.

Previously in a long-term relationship with Suicide Girls "James," Samantha Humphreys, between 2006 and 2009. He serenaded her on "Celebrity Duets" and appeared with her on The Oprah Winfrey Show to discuss the best-selling book "The Secret.".

In 2012 the Pittsburgh Pirates began using the iconic "Zoltan" hand gesture from "Dude, Where's My Car" as a good luck symbol to turn around a 19-season losing streak. After a Twitter campaign to encourage the "real" Zoltan to appear at a game, Sparks flew to Pittsburgh on July 25, 2012 to throw out the honorary first pitch, and was on hand to see the Pirates win 3-2 over his hometown team, the Chicago Cubs. Also on hand was his girlfriend, Summer Soltis, whose family hails from the area and are big Pirates fans.

Voicing "Tak" in _"Tak & the Power of JuJu" (2007)_ for Nickelodeon. [August 2006]

Hosts his own weekly talk show on Chicago Progressive Talk Radio. [June 2010]

"Duets" on Fox [August 2006]

Charmageddon - Debut Stand up Special airing on Showtime June 4th with DVD to be released June 29th [May 2010]

Weekly guest on The Stephanie Miller Radio show "Humpdays with Hal". [January 2010]

Shooting episode of CSI Touring as a Stand-up Finishing Reality Show for the WB [November 2005]

Talks about pop culture in the 70s on VH1s mini-series I Love the '70s (2003). [August 2003]

Filmed the 4th season of Queer as Folk (2000), premiering in March 2004. [October 2003]

Hal Sparks is a frequent guest on Twin Cities Live.