1. Edward Parker “Ed” Helms is an American actor and comedian, best known for his work as a correspondent on The Daily Show, Andy Bernard in the U.S. version of The Office, Stuart Price in The Hangover trilogy, and most recently his starring role as Rusty Griswold in Vacation.
2. His mother, Pamela Ann , was a school administrator, and his father, John A. Helms, was a lawyer and insurance executive. He graduated from The Westminster Schools one year after The Office cast-mate Brian Baumgartner in 1992.
3. Helms had open-heart surgery to correct a severe heart murmur at age 14. Helms entered Oberlin College as a geology major, but ended up graduating in 1996 with his B.A. in film theory and technology.
4. Helms is the recipient of an honorary degree of Doctor of Fine Arts from Knox College, where he delivered the 2013 Commencement Address.
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. Helms concurrently worked as a trainee film editor at Crew Cuts, a post-production facility in New York City.
6. 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. 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.
8. I read for the part, and got it”. 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”.
9. 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.
10. 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.
11. Helms left the show in 2006, but has occasionally returned for brief appearances.
12. He occasionally narrates the Prescott Group educational films on sister series The Colbert Report.
13. 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.
14. Helms was a series regular starting with the 3rd season. “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.