Ed Helms

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Ed Helms

Helms at the Dublin premiere for The Hangover, June 2009
BornEdward Parker Helms
(1974-01-24) January 24, 1974 (age 38)
Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
OccupationActor, Comedian
Years active2002–present
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Ed Helms

Helms at the Dublin premiere for The Hangover, June 2009
BornEdward Parker Helms
(1974-01-24) January 24, 1974 (age 38)
Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
OccupationActor, Comedian
Years active2002–present

Edward Parker "Ed" Helms[1][2] (born January 24, 1974) is an American comedic actor known for his work as a correspondent on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, as Andy Bernard on the US version of the sitcom/mockumentary The Office and for his role as Dr. Stu Price in The Hangover films.


Early life

Helms was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia with his much younger brother Chris. His mother was a school administrator and his father was an attorney.[3] He graduated from The Westminster Schools in 1992 a year after his Office co-star Brian Baumgartner. Originally a geology major, Helms graduated from Oberlin College with a degree in film theory and technology in 1996 and spent a semester as an exchange student at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.[4][5]

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.[6]

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.[7]


Television work

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".[8] 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. 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 then-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 would join the cast of the mockumentary The Office, along with his fellow The Daily Show correspondent Steve Carell, in a recurring role as Andy Bernard. Helms has been a series regular since the 3rd season.[9] "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 starting merging."[10]

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. In June 2009, on a radio interview with National Public Radio, Helms said that like his character, Andy Bernard, he is obsessed with a capella music.

Helms has appeared on such television shows as Tanner on Tanner, Childrens Hospital, Arrested Development and Cheap Seats, and in various Comedy Central specials. He has done commercial voiceover work in campaigns for Burger King, Doritos, Hotels.com, Sharp Aquos and Advair asthma medication, and he voices 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), and piano, and he has played all three, as well as a sitar, in some of his movies and television performances.

Film work

Helms starred in the 2011 film Cedar Rapids and co-starred in the blockbuster 2009 film The Hangover. He previously appeared in small roles in films 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.

Helms has been developing, with Judd Apatow, a Universal Pictures film, A Whole New Hugh, in which he would star, and which he would co-write with Jake Fleisher and Ian Berger.[6] Variety reported in February 2009 that Helms would star and he and Fleisher would co-write a Warner Bros. feature about a time-traveling Civil War re-enactor, with the film to be produced through The Office star Steve Carell's production company Carousel. Helms reprised his role as Dr. Stu Price in 2011's The Hangover Part II, and voiced the Once-ler in The Lorax the next year.

It was announced in July 2012 that Helms has signed on to play Rusty Griswold in the upcoming film, New Vacation which will be a sequels/spin-off of the National Lampoon's Vacation series.[11]

Other work

Helms is also in a band called "The Lonesome Trio" with his friends Ian and Jake. They formed the band when they were in college, and still get together to play a few shows every year.[citation needed]

On February 17, 2012, Helms guest-starred in Ray William Johnson's YouTube program Equals Three. He appeared in the episode "CONSPIRACY THEORY".[12]

Helms supports LGBT rights and he called Chick-fil-A's opposition to marriage equality "lame" and said the fast food franchise had lost a loyal customer.[13] While working on comedy films and television, he is also a friend of actor, Rob Riggle.



2004Blackballed: The Bobby Dukes StoryBunker McLaughlin
2005Zombie-AmericanGlen the Zombie
2006Everyone's HeroHobo LouieVoice only
2007Evan AlmightyArk Reporter (Ed Carson)
I'll Believe YouLeon
Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox StoryStage Manager
Confessions of a ShopaholicGarret E. BartonUncredited
Meet DaveNo. 2 – 2nd In Command
Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo BayInterpreter
Lower LearningMaurice
2009The Smell of SuccessChet Pigford
Monsters vs. AliensNews ReporterVoice only
Night at the Museum: Battle of the SmithsonianWorker for "Daley Devices"Uncredited
The HangoverDr. Stu Price
The Goods: Live Hard, Sell HardPaxton Harding
2010Yogi BearRanger BarnesUncredited
2011Cedar RapidsTim LippeExecutive Producer
Jeff, Who Lives at HomePat
The Hangover Part IIDr. Stu PriceTeen Choice Awards for Choice Movie Hissy Fight
Nominated - Teen Choice Awards for Choice Movie Actor Comedy
Nominated - Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Chemistry (shared with Bradley Cooper and Zach Galifianakis)
2012The LoraxThe Once-lerVoice only
2013The Hangover Part IIIDr. Stu Price


2002–2006The Daily ShowCorrespondent480 episodes
2004Arrested DevelopmentJamesSingle episode
Cheap Seats: Without Ron ParkerBradley WallaceTwo episodes
2005Lies and the Hoes We Tell Them ToTelevision film
Sunday PantsNeil the AngelSingle episode; voice only
2006The Colbert ReportNarratorSingle episode
Samurai Love GodSamurai Love GodTelevision miniseries; voice only
2008Upright Citizens Brigade: AsssscatGuest MonologistTelevision film
American Dad!Mr. BuckleySingle episode; voice only
2009Family GuyAl GoreSingle episode; voice only
2006 – presentThe OfficeAndy BernardSeries regular
2011Saturday Night LiveHost701st episode
WilfredDarylSingle episode
NTSF:SD:SUV::EdSingle episode
2012 – presentThe Mindy ProjectDennisRecurring


  1. ^ http://www.songlyrics.com/ed-helms/stu-s-song-lyrics/
  2. ^ http://california.14thstory.com/burly-turtle-productions-inc.html
  3. ^ Stephen Whitty: Ed Helms' booming career has grown out of his ability to find laughs in truth and decency. New Jersey On-Line, February 13, 2011, retrieved June 5, 2011
  4. ^ Phipps, Keith (June 3, 2009). "Ed Helms". The A.V. Club. http://www.avclub.com/articles/ed-helms,28565/?utm_source=homepage_recent_features. Retrieved June 11, 2009. 
  5. ^ "Ed Helms: Biography". TVGuide.com. http://www.tvguide.com/celebrities/ed-helms/bio/198481. Retrieved January 16, 2011. 
  6. ^ a b "The Office Cast Biographies – Ed Helms". NBC.com. Accessed October 11, 2010. http://www.nbc.com/The_Office/bios/ed_helms.shtml. 
  7. ^ Sternbergh, Adam (September 14, 2008). "The Jerk: Daily Show alum and The Office star Ed Helms on the highs (and lows) of being obnoxious". New York Magazine. http://nymag.com/arts/tv/profiles/50226. Retrieved October 28, 2009. 
  8. ^ "Ed Helms on Politics, The Media and The Daily Show". TheComical.com. Accessed October 11, 2010 (undated, but copyrighted 2005). http://www.thecomical.com/features/ed_helms_interview.html. 
  9. ^ Dan Snierson (June 28, 2006<!- – 05:00 am ET -->). "Ed Helms joins the cast of The Office". Entertainment Weekly. http://popwatch.ew.com/popwatch/2006/07/ed_helms_joins_.html. Retrieved October 28, 2009. 
  10. ^ Itzkoff, Dave (March 11, 2012). "Ambitious, but in a Polite Sort of Way". The New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/11/movies/ed-helms-is-back-in-jeff-who-lives-at-home.html. Retrieved March 17, 2012. 
  11. ^ http://www.comingsoon.net/news/movienews.php?id=92434
  12. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=u5yEXai8MoQ
  13. ^ http://www.advocate.com/business/2012/07/18/ed-helms-star-hangover-and-office-joins-chick-fil-boycott

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