Ed Helms – Born January 24, 1974

Ed Helms is one of my favorite performers alive today. I say, performer, because he is way more than just an actor. Whether he is improvising, singing, or acting, Ed Helms is one of those people that brings a smile to your face. As usual, below is a list of the things that I find noteworthy – let me know if I missed one of your favorites.

Noteworthy

  • The Hangover – Very funny movie and though the whole cast was perfect, Ed Helms is one of the standouts in a whole set of standouts. He works the sadsack character better than anyone has since Daniel Stern in City Slickers.
  • Vacation – Had you told me when I was younger watching Vacation movies that someone would eventually take Chevy Chase’s place, I would have told you that you were full of shit. Watching Ed HElms take the patriarchal role in this franchise really works. It works to the point that I would love to see Ed Helms try on some other Chevy Chase roles. I think he could be the new Fletch.
  • The Office – Big fan of the American version of The Office. Andy Bernard worked really well on that show and was really the perfect person to step into the manager’s role.
  • The Lonesome Trio – In case you are unfamiliar, this is Ed Helms bluegrass group. They are amazing. Helms plays Banjo and sings. They are on Spotify. I keep this album downloaded a lot.

I try to explain to people that you get the roles that are right when they’re right. If you have a nerd character but you’re kind of a cool guy, you’re probably not going to get the nerd part. The nerd is going to get the nerd part. You know, someone like me.

-Ed Helms

Spoilers Be Damned

I am no respecter of spoilers or of spoiling movies for other people - Spoilers Be Damned. It is not because I am unkind or because I look to spoil someone else's fun but I think the amount of time we spend focused on spoilers is a little ridiculous. I tire of hearing...

I Miss My Nintendo 64

I miss my Nintendo 64. I picked mine up while I was in college. Worked n and off for a pool and spa place and earned one for my troubles. Cash would have been very cool but I think I got way more entertainment out of the N64 over time than I ever would have from the...

Kal Penn

Kal Penn Born April 23, 1977   Kal Penn roams this weird world between comedy and drama. He walks the edge between entertainment and public service. He has existed in different worlds and been successful. He is proof that while someone in Hollywood's opinion isn't...

Bryan Cranston

Bryan Cranston Born March 7, 1956   Bryan Cranston hit my radar when he was on Seinfeld, one of the best sitcoms ever. Then he was on Malcolm in the Middle - another of my favorites that I have binge-ed through several times. Then he changes gears and he is the lead...

Anthony Head

Anthony Head Born February 20, 1954   Anthony Head or Anthony Stewart Head as he was known in pre-Buffy syndication times. He was freaking Giles. One of the best characters on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. He was the mentor to that whole group and was the pivot of the...