T. J. Jagodowski (b. September 2, 1971, Holyoke, Massachusetts) is an American comedian, actor, and improvisor living in Chicago. He has been a member of The Second City as well as a performer and teacher at iO, formerly known as Improv Olympic. He has appeared in movies such as Stranger Than Fiction, The Ice Harvest, No Sleep Till Madison, and the television show, Prison Break. He is most recognizable from the long running series of improvised Sonic Drive-In commercials featuring himself and Peter Grosz.
The Chicago Improv Festival called him "The best improviser in Chicago". New City Chicago said, "If Miles Davis had pursued comedy instead of music, the results might have looked something like this." Jagodowski performs weekly in Chicago in a variety of improv programs, but most notably in "T.J. and Dave" with David Pasquesi, which the Chicago Reader has described as "an hour of subtle character development, verbal facility, and pantomimic agility that anticipates and plays off the audience's reactions." The duo perform this show monthly at The Barrow Street Theatre in New York City since 2006 and have been performing the show since 2002 in Chicago.
While in college at Syracuse