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Ed Helms

Ed Helms
Helms at the Savoy Cinema for the Irish premiere of The Hangover in Dublin, Ireland in June 2009
Edward Parker Helms

(1974-01-24) January 24, 1974 (age 46)
Alma materOberlin College
OccupationActor, comedian, singer
Years active2002-present

Edward Parker Helms[1] (born January 24, 1974) is an American actor, comedian, and singer. He is known for his work as a correspondent on The Daily Show as well as playing Andy Bernard in the NBC sitcom The Office, and Stuart Price in The Hangover trilogy. He also provided the voice of The Once-ler in Illumination's The Lorax and Captain Underpants in DreamWorks Animation's Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie.

Early and personal life

Helms was born in Atlanta, Georgia. Helms had open-heart surgery at age 14 to correct a severe congenital heart defect, which he described as supravalvular aortic and pulmonic stenosis.[2][3] According to Helms, his surgery lasted nine hours and he was kept in an intensive care unit for one week after.[4]

He attended Interlochen Center for the Arts as a youth, and graduated from The Westminster Schools one year after The Office castmate Brian Baumgartner in 1992.[5] Helms entered Oberlin College as a geology major, but ended up graduating in 1996 with his B.A. in film theory and technology. He spent a semester as an exchange student at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.[6][7][4]

Helms is the recipient of an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts from Knox College, where he delivered the 2013 Commencement Address.[8] In May 2014, Helms gave the convocation speech at Cornell University, alma mater of Andy Bernard, the character he portrayed for seven seasons on The Office.[9][10] In May 2015, Helms gave the valedictory speech at the University of Virginia.[11]


Early work

After graduating from Oberlin, Helms began his comedy and acting career as a writer and performer with New York City sketch comedy bands, and studied improvisation with the Upright Citizens Brigade troupe.[12] Helms concurrently worked as a trainee film editor at Crew Cuts, a post-production facility in New York City. While doing so, he recorded some rough voiceover scratch tracks that eventually led to paying voiceover work, which in turn led to finding a talent agent.[13]


Helms was performing comedy in New York City when, as he recalled in a 2005 interview, "The Daily Show had a sort of open audition with a casting company that I had dealt with. I read for the part, and got it".[14] In his April 2002 to mid-2006 tenure on the satirical news program, Helms contributed "field reports" in addition to hosting various segments of the show, such as "Digital Watch", "Ad Nauseam", and "Mark Your Calendar". He has also contributed to the "This Week in God" segment. His 2005 segment "Battle of the Bulge", which focused on the wearing of Speedo bathing suits on the beaches of Cape May, New Jersey, and his "Mass. Hysteria" segment, in which he reported criticism of Massachusetts when it became the first state to legalize gay marriage, are regarded by TV Guide as his signature segments on the program.[15]

Helms left the show in 2006, but has occasionally returned for brief appearances. On July 21, 2008 he returned for Obama Quest - a segment covering Senator Barack Obama's trip to Iraq. He occasionally narrates the Prescott Group educational films on sister series The Colbert Report. In late July 2006, NBC announced that Helms was added to the cast of the mockumentary The Office, alongside fellow The Daily Show correspondent Steve Carell, in a recurring role as Andy Bernard, a nostalgic Cornell graduate who is obsessed with a cappella music. Helms was a series regular starting with the 3rd season.[16] "He had so much in common with this character we wanted to create," recalled Paul Lieberstein, a writer for the show who also plays Toby Flenderson, the human resources representative at the Scranton branch of Dunder Mifflin. "I can't remember when they started merging."[17] Helms returned to The Daily Show on December 5, 2006, stating he had been gone because he was "undercover at a paper company in Scranton", an allusion to his stint on The Office. In February 2007, NBC announced that Helms had been promoted to series regular, and in February 2010 Helms was added to the show's opening credits. Helms quickly became a solidifying part of the cast, and eventually came to be one of the show's producers. In June 2009, on a radio interview with National Public Radio, Helms said that like his character, Andy Bernard, he is obsessed with a cappella music.

Helms has also appeared on such television shows as The Mindy Project, Wilfred, NTSF:SD:SUV, Tanner on Tanner, Childrens Hospital, Arrested Development and Cheap Seats, and in various Comedy Central specials. He was the celebrity guest on the August 3, 2015 survival skills reality show Running Wild with Bear Grylls, coming to grips with his fear of heights on the Colorado Mountains.[18] He has done commercial voiceover work in campaigns for Burger King, Doritos, Hotels.com, Sharp Aquos and Advair asthma medication, and he voices Neil the Angel, a character on Cartoon Network's Weighty Decisions series. Helms plays guitar, banjo (which was shown in the commercial bumpers and on a What Up With That? sketch when he hosted Saturday Night Live in 2011), piano, and all three, as well as a sitar, in some of his entertainment performances.

In August 2014, it was announced that Helms will star in Alejandro González Iñárritu's new Starz television drama series The One Percent, with Hilary Swank and Ed Harris,[19] though he was later replaced by Greg Kinnear.[20] Helms was also slated to serve as an executive producer on the upcoming TV series adaptation of the web series Jake and Amir, whose pilot was later rejected by TBS.[21]


Helms starred in the 2011 film Cedar Rapids and co-starred in the blockbuster The Hangover film trilogy as Stuart Price. He had minor roles, including Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, Blackballed: The Bobby Dukes Story, Meet Dave, Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay, I'll Believe You, Evan Almighty, Semi-Pro and, with Office co-star Jenna Fischer, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story. In 2009, Helms appeared in The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard, directed by Neal Brennan and starring Jeremy Piven, and in 2012, he voiced the Once-ler in The Lorax. He played the lead role, Rusty Griswold, in the 2015 film Vacation, a sequel/spin-off of the National Lampoon's Vacation series.[22] The movie began shooting in September 2014 in Helms' native Atlanta, with Christina Applegate playing Rusty's wife Debbie Griswold.[23] In 2015, Helms starred in Jessie Nelson's movie, Love the Coopers.[24] 2017 he stars in The Clapper (film), as Eddie Krumble who works as a paid audience member for infomercials and experiences a whirlwind of unwanted overnight fame, after a late-night talk show host publicizes his frequent infomercial appearances.

Helms voiced the title role in the DreamWorks animated film Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (2017).[25] He is slated to star in the Paramount Pictures Naked Gun reboot in development as of December 2013.[26] Helms played Joe Gargan in the 2018 film Chappaquiddick.

Other work

Helms is also in a bluegrass band called The Lonesome Trio with his friends Ian Riggs and Jacob Tilove. They formed the band when they were at Oberlin College, and still get together to play a few shows every year. They recorded an eponymous album in summer 2013, shortly after appearing on the Bluegrass Situation stage at the Bonnaroo festival, which Helms curated.[27][28] Helms is a self-confessed "bluegrass nerd" and founded the annual LA Bluegrass Situation festival.[29] Helms plays banjo, guitar and piano.[30]

Helms features in the video for Mumford and Sons' song "Hopeless Wanderer".[31] In 2015, he had a cameo appearance in the band's music video for the song "The Wolf".[32] Helms launched his own production company, Pacific Electric Picture Company, in 2013. The company has a two-year development deal with Universal Television.[33]

In 2013, Helms co-wrote, produced and starred in the Yahoo! Screen web series Tiny Commando, about a former Navy SEAL who is accidentally shrunken in a military experiment to four inches in height, and is then deployed in places that his size allows him to infiltrate.[34]



Year Title Role Notes
2004 Blackballed: The Bobby Dukes Story Bunker McLaughlin
2006 Everyone's Hero Hobo Louie Voice
2006 Night at the Museum Dentist Scene deleted
2007 Evan Almighty Ark Reporter / Ed Carson
2007 I'll Believe You Leon
2007 Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story Stage Manager
2008 Semi-Pro Turtleneck Reporter
2008 Confessions of a Shopaholic Garret E. Barton Uncredited
2008 Meet Dave Number 2
2008 Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay Interpreter
2008 Lower Learning Maurice Bunting
2009 The Smell of Success Chet Pigford
2009 The Hangover Stuart Price
2009 Monsters vs. Aliens News Reporter Voice
2009 Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian Larry Daley's Assistant Uncredited
2009 The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard Paxton Harding
2011 Cedar Rapids Tim Lippe Also executive producer
2011 The Hangover Part II Stuart Price
2011 Jeff, Who Lives at Home Pat
2011 High Road Barry Uncredited
2012 The Lorax The Once-ler Voice
2013 We're the Millers Brad Gurdlinger
2013 The Hangover Part III Stuart Price
2014 Someone Marry Barry Ben
2014 They Came Together Eggbert
2014 Stretch Karl-with-a-K
2015 Vacation Russell "Rusty" Griswold
2015 Love the Coopers Hank
2016 Kevin Hart: What Now? Bartender
2017 The Clapper Eddie Krumble Also producer
2017 Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie Principal Benjamin Krupp / Captain Underpants Voice
2017 Mune: Guardian of the Moon Spleen Voice
2017 I Do... Until I Don't Noah Brewing
2017 Chappaquiddick Joe Gargan
2017 Father Figures Peter Reynolds
2018 A Futile and Stupid Gesture Tom Snyder Also executive producer
2018 Tag Hogan "Hoagie" Malloy
2019 Corporate Animals Brandon Also producer
2019 Penguins[35] Narrator (voice)
TBA Coffee & Kareem Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2002-09 The Daily Show Correspondent 207 episodes
2004 Cheap Seats Bradley Wallace 2 episodes
2004, 2013 Arrested Development James Carr 3 episodes
2005 Sunday Pants Neil the Angel (voice) "Weighty Decisions" segments
2006 The Colbert Report Narrator - The On Notice Board: A Wonder of the Modern Age Episode: "Linda Hirshman"
2006 Samurai Love God Samurai Love God (voice) Miniseries
2006-13 The Office Andy Bernard Main cast (season 3-9): 163 episodes
2008 Upright Citizens Brigade Guest Monologist Uncredited
2008 American Dad! Mr. Buckley (voice) Episode: "Stanny Slickers II: The Legend of Ollie's Gold"
2008 Wainy Days Doctor Episode: "Angel"
2008-10 Childrens Hospital Doctor / TV Announcer 5 episodes
2009 Family Guy Al Gore (voice) Episode: "FOX-y Lady"
2010 Funny or Die Presents Cast (Holdup) 4 episodes
2011 Saturday Night Live Himself (host) Episode: "Ed Helms/Paul Simon"
2011 Wilfred Daryl Episode: "Acceptance"
2011 NTSF:SD:SUV:: Eddie 2 episodes
2012 The Mindy Project Dennis 2 episodes
2012 Ugly Americans Dennis Episode: "Mark Loves Dick"
2012 Comedy Bang! Bang! Himself Episode: "Ed Helms Wears A Grey Shirt & Brown Boots"
2013 Kroll Show Sex in the City Dude Episode: "San Diego Diet"
2013 Saturday Night Live Ted Pelms Uncredited
Episode: "Zach Galifianakis/Of Monsters and Men"
2014 Brooklyn Nine-Nine Jack Danger Episode: "USPIS"
2015-2018 BoJack Horseman Kyle (voice) 2 Episodes
2015 Jake and Amir Mickey Episode: "The Auditions"
2015 The Muppets Himself Episode: "Pig Out"
2015 Running Wild with Bear Grylls Himself Episode: "Ed Helms"
2016 Drunk History William McMasters Episode: "Scoundrels"
2017 Angie Tribeca Dr. Clive Mister Episode: "Germs of Endearment"
2017 The Fake News with Ted Nelms Ted Nelms TV special; also creator, writer, and executive producer[36]

Music videos

Year Title Artist
2013 "Hopeless Wanderer" Mumford & Sons
2015 "The Wolf" Mumford & Sons
2016 "Don't Wanna Know" Maroon 5
2017 "Wanna Do Day"[37] Lisa Loeb

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Work Result
2008 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series The Office Nominated
2009 Nominated
Teen Choice Award Choice Movie: Rockstar Moment (shared with Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis and Mike Tyson) The Hangover Nominated
MTV Movie Award Best Breakthrough Performance (shared with Bradley Cooper and Zach Galifianakis) Nominated
2010 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series The Office Nominated
2011 Teen Choice Award Choice Movie: Hissy Fit The Hangover Part II Won
Choice Movie Actor Comedy Nominated
Choice Movie: Chemistry (shared with Bradley Cooper and Zach Galifianakis) Nominated
2012 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series The Office Nominated
2013 Nominated
2019 Writers Guild Award Comedy/Variety (Music, Awards, Tributes) - Specials The Fake News with Ted Nelms Won


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