J.P. Manoux grew up in Santa Barbara, California, the oldest of seven. He was involved in children's theater and took tap-dancing lessons before attending Thacher School in Ojai, California. As college applications approached, Manoux's drama teacher recommended the undergraduate theater department at Northwestern University.
Surrounded by Chicago's vibrant theater scene, J.P. became passionate about improv and sketch comedy. After graduating, he moved to Hollywood and honed his comedy chops at L.A. Theatresports, ACME Comedy Theater, the Groundlings School, and I.O. West. Legit stage productions garnered critical accolades, culminating in 1999 with L.A. Ovation and Backstage West Garland Awards recognizing his work in the world premiere stage musical Reefer Madness.
Over the next few years, J.P. appeared in dozens of sitcoms and commercials including campaigns for Got Milk? and Fruit of the Loom. He was a regular improviser and sketch player on ABC's 2001 prime-time variety experimen