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

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