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ED HELMS (#2), a gifted scene-stealer, leads the pack of a new generation of comedy stars. Not just a talented comedian, Helms is also a versatile actor and accomplished writer.

Currently, Helms portrays Dunder Mifflin's irrepressible salesman-with-anger-management- issues, ‘Andy Bernard' on NBC's hit comedy "The Office,” on Thursday nights. The show won the Emmy® for Outstanding Comedy Series in 2006, the SAG Award™ for Outstanding Ensemble in a Comedy Series in 2007 and 2008 and was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series - Musical or Comedy in 2007 and an Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series in 2007.

Most recently, he wrapped the comedy "The Goods: The Don Ready Story,” directed by Neal Brennan. The film revolves around salesman Don Ready (Jeremy Piven) and his crew who are asked to help save an ailing local car dealership from bankruptcy. Paramount Vantage will open the film February 27th, 2009.

Helms is currently developing the film "A Whole New Hugh" with Judd Apatow for Universal. He will star in and co-write the project with Jake Fleisher and Ian Berger. The film follows the story of three guys who try to boost their friend's confidence by making him appear to be successful.

Helms is perhaps most familiar to television audiences from his four-year stint as a senior correspondent on the Emmy-winning "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” for which he also wrote. His additional TV credits include Comedy Central's "Premium Blend” and the Emmy-winning Fox comedy "Arrested Development.”

Helms' feature film credits include "Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay,” "Semi-Pro,” "Walk Hard,” "Evan Almighty” and "Knocked Up.”

Helms was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, and headed to New York City to pursue comedy shortly after attending Oberlin College in Ohio. He got his start in acting and comedy as a writer and performer with numerous sketch comedy groups over the years and studied improvisation with "The Upright Citizens Brigade.” He currently resides in Los Angeles and plays a mean banjo.

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