Allison Jones

  • American businesswoman
  • Born July 13, 1955

Allison Jones (born 1955) is an American casting director who is credited for helping to bring together realistic ensemble casts for such television shows as Freaks and Geeks (for which she won an Emmy), Undeclared, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, The Good Place, Curb Your Enthusiasm, United States of Tara, Parks and Recreation, Arrested Development (both of which she was also nominated for), and the US version of The Office.Jones has also cast several successful films, including The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan, and Knocked Up.

I would say take any work you can get. Don't pass on something if it's a commercial. Take it. Work really does lead to other work. Especially if you're just starting out, work begets work.

The legwork is always hard. Really finding people that you think are good enough. Just the definition of what we have to do is finding good enough people that you really think are special.

I don't ever take credit for discovering anybody, except for McLovin on 'Superbad'.

It's easier to get an actor when you just ask them to do a day on something rather than have them come in, audition, get picked.

Being funny is everything to me.

I have found that so many directors and producers in the room say nothing, and this can be deadly. It's very difficult to audition for comedy in the vacuum of a small room, but it's the only way most do it.

Stand-ups are always good to see on YouTube. There's a guy named Mike Head who lives in Cleveland. He's great. He's an African-American stand-up.

I don't really troll the Internet; I'm not young enough.

Pretty people don't keep comedies on the air. Funny people keep comedies on the air.

What I try to do is always get the newest, funniest people in anything.

Kids can really get better quickly. Here's another thing I would like to say: Kids should never be coached by their parents, ever. They should be as natural as possible.

'Arrested Development' is great; Mitch Hurwitz is great. Plus, it's the one show I've ever had where, on the small parts, he just let me cast people.