Taran Killam

Taran Killam

Highest Rated: 95% 12 Years a Slave (2013)

Lowest Rated: 14% All Nighter (2017)

Birthday: Apr 1, 1982

Birthplace: Culver City, California, USA

Though Taran Killam seemed like an overnight success when he joined the cast of "Saturday Night Live" (NBC 1975- ) as a featured player in the fall of 2010, he already had an extensive resume at the time, including a stint on SNL's most successful competitor, "MADtv" (Fox 1995-2009). Born on April Fool's Day 1982 and raised in a small town near San Bernadino, CA, Killan made his film debut in 1994 in a small role in "The Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult." In 2001, at the age of 19, he joined the cast of Fox's "MADtv" for one season. While studying with improv troupe The Groundlings in Los Angeles, Killam made guest appearances on a handful of comedy and variety series, including "All That" (Nickelodeon 1994-2005) and its spinoff, the Amanda Bynes vehicle "The Amanda Show" (Nickelodeon 1999-2002). He also had a small part in the Ashton Kutcher romantic comedy "Just Married" (2003). In 2005, Killam had a key role in a fascinating TV misfire called "Nobody's Watching." Created by writer/producer Bill Lawrence, the show was conceived as a meta-sitcom, in which two TV-obsessed young men, Derrick (Killam) and Will (Paul Campbell) are followed by a reality-TV camera crew as they try to write and produce their own sitcom. A pilot was produced for The WB, but the network declined after focus groups reacted negatively. But when the show appeared on YouTube the following year, it found enough fans to get a series of web-only episodes bankrolled by NBC in 2006-07. As part of the ongoing conceit of the series, Killam and Campbell appeared in character as background actors on a number of NBC series during this period, including "Days of Our Lives" (NBC 1965- ) and Lawrence's own "Scrubs" (NBC 2001-08 / ABC 2009-2010). Killam returned to sketch comedy as a cast member on the improv show "Nick Cannon Presents: Wild 'N Out" (MTV 2005-07) and its more conventional sketch-based spinoff "Nick Cannon Presents: Short Circuitz" (MTV 2007). In 2006, Killam began an occasional recurring role on the sitcom "How I Met Your Mother" (CBS 2005-2014) as Blauman, an obnoxious co-worker of Barney (Neil Patrick Harris). While working on that show, Killam met and began dating actress Cobie Smulders, who played the leading role of Robin Scherbatsky. The couple had a daughter, Shaelyn Cado Killam, in 2009, and got married in 2012. In 2010, Killam joined the cast of "Saturday Night Live" as a featured player alongside fellow new faces Vanessa Bayer, Paul Brittan and Jay Pharoah. Killam's boyish charisma made him an immediate standout among the new cast members. He proved adept at celebrity impersonations (including a dead-on skewering of Michael Cera's twee mannerisms in co-star Abby Elliott's recurring sketch "Gettin' Quirky With Zooey Deschanel"), and his original material had an oddball charm of its own. For example, his nearly wordless recurring sketch "Les Jeunes de Paris" consisted of cast members dancing madly to French pop songs on a set decorated like a nouvelle vague film of the early 1960s. Killam was promoted to the show's main cast at the start of the 38th season in 2012. The following year, Killam got his first major film role, as a disgruntled DEA agent in the Sandra Bullock/Melissa McCarthy buddy comedy "The Heat" (2013). Between seasons of SNL, Killam appeared in small roles in films ranging from the comedy sequel "Grown Ups 2" (2013) and "Teenage Mutant Ninaja Turtles" (2014) to Oscar-winner "12 Years a Slave" (2013). He also appeared as himself in a cameo in "Ted 2" (2015) and starred in the educational animated series "Nature Cat" (PBS Kids 2015- ) in the title role. In August 2016, it was announced that Killam would not be returning to "Saturday Night Live" for his seventh season, in part because he was busy directing and co-starring in the action comedy "Why We're Killing Gunther" (2017) with Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Highest rated movies

12 Years a Slave
The Heat
Brother Nature Night School
Just Married
All Nighter

Photos

Filmography

Movies

Credit
26% 38% Night School Stewart (Character) $77.2M 2018
46% 28% Killing Gunther Director,
Screenwriter,
Producer
- 2017
14% 37% All Nighter Gary (Character) - 2017
57% 29% Brother Nature Roger Fellner (Character),
Screenwriter
- 2016
No Score Yet 19% Casual Encounters Justin Davis (Character) - 2016
44% 50% Ted 2 Self $81.3M 2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet Underdogs Skip (Voice) - 2013
95% 90% 12 Years a Slave Hamilton (Character) $56.7M 2013
66% 71% The Heat Adam (Character) $159.6M 2013
No Score Yet 63% Stuck in the Suburbs Jordan Cahill (Character) - 2004
20% 47% Just Married Dickie McNerney (Character) $56.1M 2003

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Nature Cat Nature Cat (Voice) 2015-2022
No Score Yet 72% Mr. Mayor Taryn Digiacomo (Guest Star) 2021
No Score Yet No Score Yet Celebrity Game Face Self 2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet To Tell the Truth Guest 2020
75% 91% The Cool Kids Will Cooper (Character) 2018-2020
82% 15% A Little Late With Lilly Singh Guest 2020
85% 75% The Simpsons Glen Tangier/Airshot (Guest Voice) 2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet Lights Out With David Spade Guest 2019
No Score Yet 28% The Late Late Show With James Corden Guest 2017-2019
67% No Score Yet What Just Happened??! With Fred Savage Unknown (Guest Star) 2019
94% 82% Documentary Now! Unknown (Guest Star) 2019
No Score Yet 0% Drop the Mic Contestant 2019
No Score Yet 50% Busy Tonight Guest 2018
No Score Yet 48% Late Night With Seth Meyers Guest 2014-2018
No Score Yet 10% Jimmy Kimmel Live! Guest 2018
No Score Yet 80% SuperMansion Uncle Ridan (Guest Voice) 2018
88% 87% A.P. Bio Mr. Vining (Guest Star) 2018
No Score Yet 87% Conan Guest 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet Harry Guest 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet Last Call With Carson Daly Guest 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen Guest 2017
No Score Yet 44% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Guest 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet Today's Take Guest 2016-2017
No Score Yet 81% Drunk History Unknown (Guest Star) 2013 2015-2016
No Score Yet 44% Saturday Night Live Unknown (Character) 2010-2016
95% 84% New Girl Fred (Guest Star) 2016
No Score Yet 69% The Awesomes Frantic (Voice) 2013-2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet Today Guest 2015
No Score Yet 96% Sesame Street Unknown (Guest Star) 2014
No Score Yet 91% Comedy Bang! Bang! Unknown (Guest Star) 2014
84% 84% How I Met Your Mother Gary Blauman (Guest Star) 2006 2008-2009 2014
No Score Yet 100% Hollywood Game Night Guest 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet Rachael Ray Guest 2013
No Score Yet 20% Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Guest 2012-2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday Unknown (Character) 2009 2012
88% 88% Community Cory Radison (Guest Star) 2011
83% 86% Scrubs Jimmy (Guest Star) 2009
No Score Yet No Score Yet Jake in Progress Unknown (Guest Star) 2005
No Score Yet No Score Yet Still Standing Unknown (Guest Star) 2004
No Score Yet No Score Yet Boston Public Unknown (Guest Star) 2004
No Score Yet 84% Drake & Josh Trevor (Guest Star) 2004
No Score Yet 43% MADtv Unknown (Character) 2001-2002
No Score Yet No Score Yet Judging Amy Unknown (Guest Star) 2000