Ben Schwartz

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Ben Schwartz
Ben Schwartz.jpg
Schwartz performing in 2009
Born (1981-09-15) September 15, 1981 (age 33)
The Bronx, New York
Medium Television, sketches, webisodes
Notable works and roles Jean-Ralphio Saperstein in Parks and Recreation
Bill Hoyt in Undercovers
Clyde Oberholt in House of Lies
Emmy Awards
2009 Emmy for Outstanding Writing For A Variety, Music Or Comedy Special for coauthoring Hugh Jackman's opening number for the 81st Academy Awards[1]

Ben Schwartz (born September 15, 1981)[2] is an American actor, comedian, and writer. He is perhaps best known for portraying Tom Haverford's friend Jean-Ralphio Saperstein on the sitcom Parks and Recreation. In 2012, he joined Showtime's television comedy House of Lies as the ambitious, brash, and insecure management consultant Clyde Oberholt.

His feature film credits include Peep World[3] with Rainn Wilson, Michael C. Hall and Sarah Silverman as well as Everybody's Fine with Robert De Niro. Additionally he had a role in The Other Guys starring Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg and directed by Adam McKay.


On television, Schwartz guest-starred as Jean-Ralphio Saperstein on NBC’s Parks and Recreation[4] and is a lead in the Showtime show House of Lies with Don Cheadle, Kristen Bell and Josh Lawson. In 2010, Schwartz played series regular Bill Hoyt on J. J. Abrams' one-hour spy drama Undercovers for NBC.

Schwartz has been writing, directing and acting in his own short films for some time. He had his own segment on HBO’s Funny or Die Presents called Terrible Decisions with Ben Schwartz and has appeared in multiple CollegeHumor[5] sketches including the popular web series Jake and Amir. Schwartz has been nominated for two Emmys and won the 2009 Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Special for coauthoring Hugh Jackman's opening number for the 81st Academy Awards.[1][6]

He was recently hired by Paramount Pictures to re-make the 1991 classic comedy Soapdish,[6] retitled El Fuego Caliente and reworking the original's American soap opera into a Latin telenovela,[7] with producers Rob Reiner and Alan Greisman, and he sold an original pitch to Universal Studios based on an idea by Brian Grazer with Imagine Entertainment attached to produce. He was a staff writer for the third season of Adult Swim’s Robot Chicken and served as a freelance writer for the Weekend Update segment of Saturday Night Live as well as the monologues for the Late Show with David Letterman.[4]

Schwartz is an alumnus of the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre (UCBT)[4] and continues to perform there regularly. He is a member of the improv group "Hot Sauce" with Adam Pally and Gil Ozeri, the group performs their long-form improv show "Something Fresh" at UCBT every month.

Personal life[edit]

Schwartz grew up in Riverdale, a neighborhood in the Bronx in New York City.[8] In an interview with Kevin Pollak, he stated, "When I told people I was from the Bronx, it was like 'Oh, do you have bullet wounds?' And I'm like 'No, it's just me and, like, Jewish people.'"[8]

Schwartz grew up in a family of social workers and Bronx school teachers,[8] including his mother, a music teacher.[9] He graduated from Union College in 2003 with a double major in psychology and anthropology.[10]



Year Title Role Notes
2007 New York City Serenade Russ
2009 Mystery Team Dougie's Buddy
2009 I Hate Valentine's Day Tammy's Date
2009 Everybody's Fine Writer
2010 The Other Guys Beaman's Assistant
2010 Peep World Nathan Meyerwitz
2013 Turbo Skidmark Voice role
2013 Coffee Town Gino
2013 Better Living Through Chemistry Noah
2013 Runner Runner Craig
2014 This Is Where I Leave You Rabbi Charles “Boner” Grodner
2014 Happy Christmas Party guest
2014 The Interview Eminem's Publicist
2015 The Walk Albert Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2007 Starveillance Glenn - Host (voice) 3 episodes: "Pilot", "Episode #1.2", "Episode #1.5"
2007-2008 Bronx World Travelers Ben 5 episodes
2008-2009 Mayne Street Evan Mintz 10 episodes
2009 Happiness Isn't Everything Jacky Hamburger TV Movie
2009 Intercourse With A Vampire Waiter 1 episode: "Episode #1.3"
2009 Accidentally On Purpose Max 1 episode: "Working Girl"
2010-2012 Undercovers Bill Hoyt 13 episodes
2010-2015 Parks and Recreation Jean-Ralphio Saperstein Recurring character
19 episodes
2011-2015 Jake and Amir Soolu Candles/Charles Croooshtoost/Carrot Slat/Cherry Dude/Interrogator/Scalby-Lawsfsoos Jim/Stanley/Couples Therapist/Dating Coach/Amir Blumenfeld/Ben Schwartz Web series
22 episodes
2011 Funny or Die Presents Ben Episode #2.1 (segment "Terrible Decisions")
2011 Mad Narrator, Statler, Jim Halpert, Cyclops Voice role
1 episode: "Ribbitless/The Clawface"
2012 Tron: Uprising Rilo 1 episode: "The Renegade: Part 1"
2012-present House of Lies Clyde Oberholt Main Cast
48 episodes
2012-present Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja Randy Cunningham Voice role
69 episodes
2012-present Doc McStuffins Stuffy Episodes starting in Season 3
2013 Arrested Development John Beard Jr. 1 episode: "Colony Collapse"
2013 Bob's Burgers Josh Voice role
2 episodes: "Lindapendent Woman", "Two for Tina"
2013 Robot Chicken Scaredy Smurf/Roger Radcliffe/Toy Announcer Voice role
1 episode: "Papercut to Aorta"
2013-2014 Comedy Bang! Bang! Rodney Wayber 2 episodes: "Anna Kendrick Wears a Patterneed Blouse & Burgundy Pants", "Tony Hawk Wears a Plaid Shirt & a Silver Watch"
2014 Robot Chicken Baloo/Radio Jockey Voice role
1 episode: "Batman Forever 21"

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role
2013 Turbo: Super Stunt Squad Skidmark


  1. ^ a b "Primetime Emmy® Award Database". Primetime Emmy Award Database. Retrieved 26 February 2011. 
  2. ^
  3. ^ Fernandez, Jay (25 February 2011). "TRAILER: Rainn Wilson and Sarah Silverman in 'Peep World'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 26 February 2011. 
  4. ^ a b c "Ben Schwartz". Upright Citizens Brigade. Retrieved 26 February 2011. 
  5. ^ ""Ben Schwartz" Stuff on CollegeHumor". CollegeHumor. Retrieved 27 February 2011. 
  6. ^ a b Kit, Borys (23 February 2011). "Ben Schwartz to Pen 'Soapdish' Remake for Paramount". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 26 February 2011. 
  7. ^ Finke, Nikki (12 December 2011). "The Black List 2011: Screenplay Roster". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 17 September 2013. 
  8. ^ a b c Pollak, Kevin. "Kevin Pollak Chat Show: Ben Schwartz #143". Kevin Pollak Chat Show. YouTube. 10:30. Retrieved July 13, 2012. 
  9. ^ Marsh, Steve (12 January 2012). "Ben Schwartz '03". Vulture. Retrieved 18 June 2012. 
  10. ^ "Notable Alumni in Entertainment". Union College. Retrieved 29 April 2014. 

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