Fast Facts

  • Childhood ambition was to be a pro baseball player; played in college and in the Army.
  • Is an alum of numerous improv troupes, including Second City and Ace Trucking Company, which he cofounded.
  • Received an American Comedy Award for Funniest Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture for his turn as a buffoonish TV commentator in Best in Show (2000).
  • Major comic influences include Bob Hope, Red Skelton and Jonathan Winters.
  • Often works with comic Martin Mull.
  • Has appeared more than 50 times on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno.
  • Appeared in four of director Christopher Guest's mockumentary films: Waiting for Guffman (1996), Best in Show (2000), A Mighty Wind (2003) and For Your Consideration (2006). The two also appeared in the mother of all mockumentaries, director Rob Reiner's This Is Spinal Tap (1984).
  • In 2010, appeared on the comedy Web site "Funny or Die," playing a doltish dean welcoming freshmen to college.
  • Is an animal-rights advocate; starred in an animal birth-control public-service announcement for PETA.

Awards

  • 2005, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2003, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2004, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2010, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series: Nominee

Relationships

  • Mary Willard — Wife
  • Hope Mulbarger — Daughter

College

  • Virginia Military Institute, Lexington, VA (BA in English)