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Comic Ed Helms

Comic Ed Helms came by for a visit on May 19, 2009 to promote his new movie "The Hangover."

Edward "Ed" Helms (born January 24, 1974) is an American actor and comedian known for his work as a writer-performer on the Comedy Central satiric news program The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, and as Andrew "Andy" Bernard on the U.S. version of the situation comedy The Office.

Helms was performing standup comedy in New York City when, 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". In his April 2002 to mid-2006 tenure on the satirical news program, Helms contributed "field reports" in addition to hosting various sections 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, although he has occasionally returned for brief appearances. For example, 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 NBC workplace sitcomThe Office, in a recurring role as Jim Halpert's smarmy colleague, Andy Bernard, at Dunder-Mifflin's Stamford branch for at least ten episodes of the third season. 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.

Helms went on to roles in television shows including Tanner on Tanner, Arrested Development, Monk, and Cheap Seats, as well as in various Comedy Central specials. He has done commercial voiceover work in campaigns for Burger King, Doritos, Sharp Aquos, and Advair asthma medication, and also voices "Angel", a character on Cartoon Network's Weighty Decisions series.

He co-starred in the 2009 film The Hangover, and 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, Evan Almighty, Semi-Pro, and, with Office co-star Jenna Fischer, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story. While promoting The Hangover on The Late Show with David Letterman on May 21, 2009, Helms performed an impression of Tom Brokaw.

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