Joe Wiegand was born and reared in suburban Chicago, Illinois. In 1971, Joe’s dad launched a career in standup comedy and comedy writing. In 1976, the family moved to Hollywood, California, where the Wiegands renovated a burned out house of ill repute, converting the structure into a weekly rental rooming house for artists, comedians, singers, screenwriters and actors looking to “make it” in the nation’s entertainment capital.
Joe excelled in his studies and in community service. For leadership and academic achievements, Joe was named a Century III Leader by the National Association of Secondary School Principals. Joe was elected by his peers to be American Legion Boys State Governor and American Legion Boys Nation President. TIME Magazine named Joe one of America's 100 Outstanding College Students and he was awarded a Harry S Truman Scholarship and a Thomas Watson Fellowship.
A lifelong student of American history, government and foreign policy, Joe is a political science graduate of The University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, and a former graduate assistant at the Center for Governmental Studies at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois.
Following T.R.'s counsel to live a vigorous life and to be in the arena, Joe has served as an elected county commissioner, a campaign and public policy professional, a board member of various not-for-profits and senior warden at his church. Joe is a member of Rotary International and a member of the National Association for Interpretation.
In 2008, Joe, his wife, Jenny, daughter, Sam, and golden retriever, Faith, traveled across America in celebration of Theodore Roosevelt's 150th birthday and the final centennial year of TR's historic presidency. Performances at the White House and TR's New York City birthplace highlighted the Sesquicentennial celebration.
Today, the Wiegands live in Sewanee, Tennessee, where Jenny is an assistant coach for field hockey and women’s lacrosse, sports she captained while a student athlete at Sewanee.
Joe’s performance tour is sponsored,
in part, by the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation.