Oswego native premiers in new comedy series on TBS

Pictured are Steve Byrne, Owen Benjamin and Dan Luria in “Sullivan and Son,” a new situation comedy premiering Thursday, July 19 at 10 p.m. on Turner Broadcasting System. Benjamin is an Oswego native.

Oswego native Owen Benjamin is featured in a new situation comedy, “Sullivan and Son,” premiering Thursday, July 19 at 10 p.m. on Turner Broadcasting System.

“Sullivan & Son,” starring popular comedian Steve Byrne, is set in a popular pub in a working-class Pittsburgh neighborhood.

“Sullivan & Son” is executive-produced by Vince Vaughn (“The Break-Up”), Peter Billingsley (“Iron Man”) and show-runner Rob Long (“Cheers”).

In “Sullivan & Son,” Byrne plays Steve Sullivan, a successful corporate attorney from New York who brings his girlfriend, Ashley (guest star Brooke Lyons of “2 Broke Girls”), home to meet his parents.

Steve’s timing is impeccable, however, since his Irish-American father, Jack Sullivan (Dan Lauria of “The Wonder Years”), and Korean mother, Ok Cha (Jodi Long of “Beginners”), are preparing to sell the family business, a bar known as Sullivan & Son.

Filled with locals and regulars, Sullivan & Son is the unofficial “town hall” for the neighborhood. Within moments of his arrival, Steve reconnects with his best friend, Owen (Owen Benjamin); gets accosted by his long-suffering, under-appreciated younger sister, Susan (Vivian Bang of “Yes Man”); endures offensive comments from gruff barfly Hank (Brian Doyle Murray of “Groundhog Day” and “Saturday Night Live”); and gets hit on by tipsy cougar Carol (Christine Ebersole of “Royal Pains” and “Amadeus”).

He even feels a rekindled romantic spark with his former sweetheart, Melanie (Valerie Azlynn of “Tropic Thunder”).

It doesn’t take Steve long to realize that what he really wants out of life is to return to the old neighborhood and take over Sullivan & Son, even if it means giving up a lavish Manhattan lifestyle with the gorgeous Ashley. And so begins Steve’s quest for a more meaningful and rewarding life away from the courtroom but behind the bar.

Benjamin started his comedy career in music. While majoring in history at SUNY Plattsburgh, Owen honed his comedy skills. Owen was a regular on MTV’s “Punk’d,” E!’s “Chelsea Lately”, Comedy Central’s “Live at Gotham,” and Late Show with Jimmy Fallon.

Benjamin has had his own special “Comedy Central Presents Owen Benjamin.” He’s a regular on Nick Swardson’s “Pretend Time” as well as over ten appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

Owen’s feature credits include “I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry” and “The House Bunny,” where he played Marvin the Butler. He starred in “All’s Faire in Love,” with Christina Ricci and appeared in “Born to Be a Star,” with Nick Swardson and “Jack and Jill,” with Adam Sandler.

He has done stand up at the Aspen Comedy Festival, Montreal Comedy Festival, a nationwide 18 city tour with Vince Vaughn and Kevin James as well as clubs and colleges across America, including SUNY Oswego and Owen’s alma mater, SUNY Plattsburgh.

His short films and web series have accumulated over 10 million hits.

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