Rob Corddry

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Rob Corddry
Rob Corddry by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Born Robert William Corddry
(1971-02-04) February 4, 1971 (age 43)
Weymouth, Massachusetts, U.S.
Occupation Actor, comedian
Years active 1995–present
Spouse(s) Sandra Corddry (2002–present; 2 children)
Relatives Nate Corddry (brother) Laura Corddry (Sister)

Robert William "Rob" Corddry (born February 4, 1971) is an American actor and comedian. He is known for his work as a correspondent on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (2002–2006) and for his starring role in the comedy film Hot Tub Time Machine (2010). He is also the creator and star of the Adult Swim comedy series Childrens Hospital and won his first and second Emmy Awards in September 2012 & September 2013.

Early life[edit]

Corddry was born and raised in Weymouth, Massachusetts. He is the son of Robin (née Sullivan) and Steven Corddry, who was a Massachusetts Port Authority official.[1][2] He is the older brother of actor Nate Corddry. Corddry and his brother are both Eagle Scouts from Troop 19, located in Weymouth.[3][4]

After graduating from Weymouth North High School (1989), Corddry went to the University of Massachusetts Amherst (1989–93). According to an interview in the UMass Amherst alumni magazine, Corddry initially planned to major in Journalism; but he stuck with it for just two days. English became his official major; but, by his sophomore year, he focused much of his attention on Drama classes and plays including Torch Song Trilogy, Ten Little Indians, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Romeo and Juliet, and Reckless. While at UMass, Corddry pledged the Theta Chapter of Theta Chi fraternity.

In January 1994, Corddry moved to New York City. His early paying jobs included working as a security guard at The Metropolitan Museum of Art[5] and handing out menus for a Mexican restaurant. He eventually landed acting jobs, including a year-long tour with the National Shakespeare Company. He trained in improv at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York City, performing regularly as a member of the sketch comedy group "The Naked Babies" (with John Ross Bowie, Brian Huskey, and Seth Morris); and he spent two years with the sketch comedy group Third Rail Comedy. Corddry's first notable television appearances were on Comedy Central's Upright Citizens Brigade (1998–2000).

The Daily Show[edit]

In Spring 2002, he was asked to audition for The Daily Show and was accepted. His pieces for The Daily Show frequently included references to Boston, Massachusetts, which he considers to be his hometown. On October 4, 2005, his younger brother Nate Corddry made his first appearance as a Daily Show correspondent. On January 12, 2006, Corddry's wife Sandra appeared with him on a Daily Show segment; they welcomed their first child, daughter Sloane Sullivan Corddry, on July 3, 2006. On February 9, 2006 Corddry hosted an episode of The Daily Show due to the absence of Jon Stewart (jokingly because the show's regular host was "in the shop", but in fact because of the birth of Stewart's second child).[citation needed]

On August 15, 2006, Corddry said "I've got like a week and a half left, all bets are off", and then on August 21, 2006, Stewart remarked that Corddry's last day on The Daily Show would be August 24, 2006. Corddry appeared throughout the week, once filing a report from inside a toilet bowl supposedly on board an aircraft transporting John Mark Karr, and another dressed up in a 1970s fashion; Stewart remarked, "It's his last week, and really, we're trying to come up with terrible things for him to have to do."

During that last show on August 24, Corddry aired a self-produced tribute to his four years on the show, going out, as Stewart said, with a "poop joke".

Stewart: That was a very fitting tribute, Rob. We're gonna miss you on the show.
Corddry: Why thank you, Jon. But wherever I go and whatever I do, there'll always be a part of me here.
Stewart: Wow...that's a really sweet thing to say.
Corddry: No no no, I'm not kidding. It's in the second floor men's room, actually. That's what you get for not giving me a proper send off.
Stewart: You're really gonna go out on a poop joke?
Corddry: I have to stay true to myself, Jon.

Corddry left The Daily Show to work on other projects, including The Winner, a 2007 TV series.[6]

On September 10, 2007, Corddry made a guest return to The Daily Show as the senior public restroom correspondent, in regard to the Senator Larry Craig scandal.

On October 17, 2007, Corddry made a cameo appearance as himself at a rehab center that Samantha Bee was filming a report in.

On June 12, 2008, Corddry appeared again as the "Senior Lipizzaner Correspondent," reporting on Bush's trip to Slovenia. The skit ended by him asking "You think you gonna do more Lipizzaner stories soon, or..? Because if not, I'd love to come home, you know? See my family--hear my wife is pregnant, so..." He added that he'd "been gone two years, give or take." Jon made him stay.[7]

On March 5, 2009, Corddry appeared again, discussing his own career since The Daily Show in parody of Mark Cooper's descent from an executive to a janitor. It was revealed that he had distracted Jason Jones and stolen his piece, as he had come back to beg for his old job back. He repeatedly referred to himself as "millions of Americans" when making self-deprecating jokes and begging for his job back.[8]

Film roles[edit]

Corddry's played the title character in Blackballed: The Bobby Dukes Story (2004) and Mac, Ben Stiller's best friend in The Heartbreak Kid. He has also made guest appearances in Old School (2003, credited as Robert Corddry), Blades of Glory, Semi-Pro, I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, Failure to Launch and The Ten.

He also appeared in Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay as Ron Fox, a neurotic and racist agent with the United States Department of Homeland Security, in W. as Ari Fleischer, and also in What Happens in Vegas....[9] In 2010, he co-starred in the John Cusack film Hot Tub Time Machine and in 2013 he co-starred in Jonathan Levine's Warm Bodies as the zombie M.[10] Upcoming projects include a leading role in the Ben Karlin- and Jon Stewart-produced film, The Donor.[11]

Other work[edit]

Corddry hosted the 10th annual Webby Awards ceremony on June 12, 2006. He starred as the main character in the Fox mid-season comedy The Winner from March 4, 2007 until the series' cancellation.[12] He described the show to Stuff Magazine as "sort of like a fucked-up Wonder Years."

Corddry has appeared in a Curb Your Enthusiasm episode entitled "The Seder" as a sex offender who moves into Larry David's neighborhood. He also appeared in two episodes of Fox's Arrested Development as Moses Taylor, an actor who plays "Frank Wrench", an obsessively by-the-books detective on a fictional television series Wrench. Corddry has also done some voice work as the animated Devil on Cartoon Network's Weighty Decisions (alongside fellow Daily Show correspondent Ed Helms). He also appeared in a commercial for Cartoon Network's Ed, Edd 'n' Eddy series. He also appeared in a Cartoon Network promotional ad in 2001 as an anger management therapist to the Townsville Villains of the cartoon series Powerpuff Girls.

Corddry's voice appears in the History Channel production World War II in HD.[13] He is the voice of WWII soldier & jazz musician Roscoe "Rockie" Blunt.[14]

Corddry wrote, directed, and starred in the web series Childrens Hospital for The WB on its online network at TheWB.com.[15] After talks fell through with Comedy Central, Turner's Adult Swim picked up the series and began airing new episodes August 22, 2010.[16]

On March 29, 2010, he was a co-guest host of WWE Raw with fellow cast member Clark Duke from Hot Tub Time Machine.[17]

Corddry played an important role in proliferating Justin Halpern's Twitter account Shit My Dad Says. An early enthusiast of the quotes made by Halpern's father, Rob tweeted a link to Shit My Dad Says which "jump-started" the phenomenon, helping expose Halpern's Twitter feed to a larger audience.[18]

Corddry also has starred in three commercials for the Holiday Inn in both 2010 and 2011. He appeared in three episodes of Community playing a lawyer, Alan Connor, an old acquaintance of Jeff Winger, who is also a lawyer.

In 2012, Corddry began a recurring role on the third season of Happy Endings, playing "The Car Czar", Jane's new boss at the car dealership.[19] He also had a recurring role on the short-lived FOX series Ben and Kate, as Buddy, the boorish owner of the bar where Kate and BJ work, also BJ's on-and-off boyfriend.

As recently as October 2013, Rob appeared again as a recurring guest on "The Jason Ellis Show". A talk show featured exclusively on SiriusXm Satellite Radio, Corddry accepted an invitation to host his own show airing on the soon to be launched "Jason Ellis Channel".

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1995 The Nanny Man at Party Episode: The Party's Over
1998–2000 Upright Citizens Brigade Various 6 episodes
1998–2002 Late Night with Conan O'Brien Various
2003 Old School Warren
2004 O'Grady The Bob Voice, Episode: Vacation
2004 Blackballed: The Bobby Dukes Story Bobby Dukes
2006 Wedding Daze Kyle
2006 American Dad! Therapist Voice, Episode: Roger Codger
2006 Unaccompanied Minors Sam Davenport
2006 Failure to Launch Gun Salesman
2006 Curb Your Enthusiasm Rick Leftowitz Episode: The Seder
2006 Arthur and the Invisibles Seides Voice
2006 Arrested Development Moses Taylor 2 episodes
2007 The Ten Duane Rosenblum
2007 MADtv Johnny Episode #12.16
2007 The Heartbreak Kid Mac
2007 I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry Jim the Protestor
2007 Blades of Glory Bryce
2007 The Winner Glen Abbott 6 episodes
2008 What Happens in Vegas Jeff "Hater" Lewis
2008 W. Ari Fleischer
2008 Semi-Pro Kyle
2008 Lower Learning Billings
2008 Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay Ron Fox
2008–present Childrens Hospital Dr. Blake Downs, Cutter Spindell, Rory Spindell Supporting role
2009 The Winning Season Terry
2009 Taking Chances Mayor Cleveland Fishback
2010 Hot Tub Time Machine Lou
2010 Operation: Endgame Chariot
2010 Fallout: New Vegas Billy Knight Voice, Video Game
2010-2014 Community Alan Connor 3 episodes
2011 Cedar Rapids Gary
2011 Butter Ethan Emmett
2012 Seeking a Friend for the End of the World Warren
2013 Hell Baby Jack
2013 Escape from Planet Earth Gary Supernova Voice
2013 Warm Bodies M / Marcus
2013 Pain & Gain John Mese
2013 Rapture-Palooza Mr. House
2013 The Way, Way Back Kip
2013 In a World... Moe
2014 Muppets Most Wanted First AD Cameo
2014 Hot Tub Time Machine 2 Lou
2014 Sex Tape

Awards and honors[edit]

In 2009, Corddry was nominated for a Streamy Award Best Writing for a Comedy Web Series for Childrens Hospital. and in 2011, Corddry's show, Children's Hospital, won Best Sketch/Alternative Comedy in the first annual Comedy Awards.

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