Emmy Award-winning television host and Broadway singer/performer, Jai Rodriguez began his career at age 18 when he was cast in the role of Angel in the critically acclaimed Broadway musical RENT. Jai continued his Broadway career, appearing in shows like The Producers and Spinning Into Butter, and he created and performed the title role of Zanna in the Off-Broadway sensation Zanna, Don’t!. In tandem with his Broadway career, Jai became a star in the firmament of New York City nightlife when he created his long-running Twisted Cabaret, a concert series that ran for three consecutive years at one of New York City’s most notable hotpots – Club XL. He recently introduced the show to Los Angeles at West Hollywoods newest sensation REVOLVER.
A dynamic vocalist, Jai has had the honor of sharing the stage with musical legends like Gladys Knight, Patti Labelle, Brian McKnight, Taylor Dayne and Michelle Williams. Jai was featured in Lady Gaga’s video “Telephone” featuring Beyoncé. Most recognized for his role in Bravo’s culturally groundbreaking series Queer Eye For The Straight Guy, Jai created a niche role on the Emmy Award-winning series as the ‘Culture Vulture,’ a youthfully savvy addition to the show’s already dynamic cast. Working regularly as an authority in culture and style, Jai has hosted for a veritable grab-bag of lifestyle entertainment programming including Styleyes Miami (SiTv), America’s Prom Queen (ABC Family), Ultimate Style (Style Network), two consecutive season’s of Groomer Has It (Animal Planet), and Model Latina (SiTv). He was also an ABC official pre-show host for the 2009 American Music Awards.
Jai has done regular acting work, guest-starring on LOGO’S series Rick and Steve, FX’s Nip/Tuck, and Teen Nick’s GIGANTIC. He played the role of Angelo Ferraro, a leading cast member in the 2009 feature film Oy Vey My Son Is Gay!! alongside Carmen Electra and Lanie Kazan. The film was an Official Selection at film festivals worldwide and garnered critical praise, winning several awards in various categories.
Jai continues to develop his professional musical endeavors both in and out of the recording studio and has performed his one-man shows XPOSED, My Truth, and Dirty Little Secrets in Los Angeles, Miami, San Diego and New York. In addition, Jai currently serves as the Co-Creator and Co-Executive Producer for LOGO’s much anticipated new series Bad Sex. Bad Sex will offer a frank and shocking behind-the-scenes look at the process of healing severe sexual disorders from both inside and outside the therapy room. The 10-episode series Bad Sex will air its second season this winter on LOGO TV.
The past few years Jai returned to TV in dramatic roles on ABC’s Detroit 187, and Days Of Our Lives. He also plays Wayne Brady’s husband Tom on CBS hit How I Met Your Mother. Other roles include guest star appearances on NBC’s Are You There Chelsea?, FOX’s Bones, and as a transgender woman Amanda Knott on NBC’s Harrys Law.
In 2019 Jai stared as "Geoffrey" on ABC’s comedy Malibu Country opposite Reba McEntire and Lily Tomlin and on NBC Jai stars opposite Kelly Clarkson in her one hour holiday movie: Kelly Clarkson’s Cautionary Christmas Tale.
Jai continues to be an advocate for issues he is passionate about, working with organizations like the NOH8 Campaign, AIDS WALK, Project Angel Food, the Trevor Project and Love is Louder campaign which fights bullying.
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"Jai was AMAZING! So well-received and perfect for our audience. We loved his energy and everything about his messaging. He was spot on!"
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