Fast Facts

  • Grew up on Long Island and also spent part of his childhood in Brazil.
  • Began his career in music; was a drummer in the '90s punk-rock group Trenchmouth and in the Blue Man Group's Chicago show.
  • Fred Armisen's Guide to Music and SXSW, a video he created at the 1988 South By Southwest music conference became a cult hit and helped him transition into comedy.
  • Has directed music videos for bands such as Helio Sequence and Tigers & Monkeys.
  • Founded ThunderAnt.com, a website featuring comedy sketches he created with Sleater-Kinney guitarist Carrie Brownstein; the pair later went on to create Portlandia.

Awards

  • 2014, Emmy — Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series: Nominee
  • 2016, Emmy — Outstanding Variety Sketch Series: Nominee
  • 2013, Emmy — Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series: Nominee
  • 2012, Emmy — Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series: Nominee
  • 2016, Emmy — Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series: Nominee
  • 2014, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2015, Emmy — Outstanding Variety Sketch Series: Nominee
  • 2015, Emmy — Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special: Nominee

Relationships

  • Hildegardt Gemer — Mother
  • Natasha Lyonne — Significant Other
  • Elisabeth Moss — Ex-wife
  • Abby Elliott — Ex-significant Other
  • Sally Timms — Ex-wife

College

  • Attended the School of Visual Arts, New York, New York, United States