ED HELMS (Captain Underpants/Principal Krupp) is an actor,
writer, and comedian best known for his scene-stealing roles on both the big and
Upcoming, Helms can also be seen opposite Lake Bell in her upcoming feature
What's The Point? The film explores the idea that marriage should be a
seven-year contract with an option to renew. He also produced and starred in The
Clapper, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival.
Helms recently wrapped production on Chappaquiddick opposite Jason Clarke and
Kate Mara. Set in 1969, the film centers on the tragic car accident that killed
'Mary Jo Kopechne' (Mara) when 'Senator Ted Kennedy' (Clarke) was at the wheel.
Unsure of how to deal with her sudden death, Kennedy turns to his cousin, Joe
Gargan (Helms), for help. Additionally, Helms will star in Bastards alongside
Owen Wilson. The film follows two brothers, Wilson and Helms, who after learning
of their mother's reputation for shacking up with famous men back in the 1970s
Studio 54 scene, hit the road to track down their birth father.
Recent film credits include Love The Coopers opposite Olivia Wilde, Amanda
Seyfried, Diane Keaton, and John Goodman as well as Vacation, a comedy based on
the John Hughes cult classic National Lampoon's Vacation. Helms starred
alongside Christina Applegate, Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, Chris Hemsworth,
Leslie Mann, and Charlie Day. Additionally, Helms executive produced Central
Intelligence. The action comedy, which stars Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Kevin
Hart, grossed over $216 million at the international box-office.
Helms is best known for his role in The Hangover trilogy opposite Bradley Cooper
and Zach Galifianakis. The first installment won the 2010 Golden Globe for Best
Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical, and the following three films have
collectively grossed nearly $1.5 billion worldwide. Helms also starred in NBC's
hit comedy The Office as 'Andy Bernard,' a Cornell grad and a cappella singer
alongside fellow Daily Show alum, Steve Carell. The Office won multiple awards
including the 2006 Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series, 2008 SAG Award for
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series, the 2007 Television
Critics Association Award for Outstanding Achievement in Comedy and many more.
Additional film credits include They Came Together; We're The Millers; Jeff, Who
Lives At Home; Cedar Rapids; and The Lorax, which is based on the famous Dr.
Seuss children's book. Helms also starred on Yahoo Screen's Tiny Commando and
made appearances on Fox's Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Adult Swim's NTSF:SD: SUV and
Netflix's Arrested Development.
In 2012, Helms launched his production company, The Pacific Electric Picture
Co., with Mike Falbo. They are currently developing various feature films
including Mermaids In Paradise to be directed by Jonathan Krisel, Corporate
Animals to be directed by Patrick Brice, Coffee & Kareem to be directed by
Michael Dowse, and Stand By to be directed by Armando Bo.
Born and raised in Atlanta, GA, Helms attended Oberlin College and moved to New
York City in 1996 to pursue a career in comedy. As he immersed himself in sketch
and standup across the city and trained with the Upright Citizens Brigade
troupe, his craft steadily evolved. In 2002, Helms landed the coveted role of
correspondent on Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, where he
stayed for almost 5 years, combining his loves of comedy and politics.
Beyond acting and producing, Helms has worked closely with Malaria No More, a
non-profit organization at the vanguard of the fight to eradicate malaria
worldwide. He also sits on the advisory board for Education Through Music LA,
which builds curriculum and funds music education in LA public schools