Killam in a panel discussion at
the 2013 New York Comic Con
|Born||Taran Hourie Killam
April 1, 1982
Culver City, California, U.S.
|Occupation||Actor, voice actor, writer, comedian, singer|
|Home town||Big Bear Lake, California, U.S.|
|Spouse(s)||Cobie Smulders (m. 2012)|
Taran Hourie Killam (born April 1, 1982) is an American actor, voice actor, comedian, singer, and writer. He is best known for his television work on shows such as The Amanda Show, Wild 'N Out, MADtv, and Saturday Night Live.
Killam was born in Culver City, California on April 1, 1982, and grew up in Big Bear Lake, California. He graduated from the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts. His great-uncle was actor Robert Stack. He attended the University of California, Los Angeles for one year in 2000.
In 1994, Killam made his first film appearance as an adolescent in Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insult. Killam was also featured on Nickelodeon's The Amanda Show starring Amanda Bynes. He played Spalding, a boy who had a huge crush on Moody, in "Moody's Point."
Killam joined the cast of MADtv as a featured player during its seventh season from 2001 to 2002, though, of the 25 episodes that aired during MADtv's seventh season, Killam only fully appeared in 13 episodes. Joining the MADtv cast at age 19, Killam is the youngest cast member ever hired on the show and the only cast member on MADtv to get his start on children's shows (similar to Kenan Thompson on Saturday Night Live). He was also a regular cast member on the third and fourth seasons of Nick Cannon's Wild 'N Out. In 2005, Killam co-starred in the television pilot Nobody's Watching, which never aired on network TV, however the pilot gained popularity after it was leaked online and they continued making webisodes from 2006–2007.
Killam co-starred in the 2004 Disney Channel Original Movie Stuck in the Suburbs. After MADtv, Killam appeared on TV shows such as Jake in Progress, Still Standing, Boston Public, Drake & Josh, Do Over, Roswell and Judging Amy. He had also appeared on Scrubs and Scrubs: Interns as Jimmy (the Overly Touchy Orderly). Killam appeared as a contestant on the episode of The Price Is Right which aired on December 7, 2006. The episode was re-aired on July 19, 2007.
Saturday Night Live
On September 25, 2010, Killam joined the cast of Saturday Night Live for the 36th season, making Killam the second Nickelodeon veteran (after Kenan Thompson) to join SNL, and the second SNL cast member who was previously a cast member on the sketch show MADtv (after Jeff Richards). In his first season on the show, Killam's impressions included Michael Cera, Chris Pine, Pee Wee Herman, John Galliano, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, and Eminem. Killam has named Eddie Murphy as his favorite SNL cast member, and Arcade Fire as his favorite musical guest.
In December 2011, Killam decided to replicate the Robyn video "Call Your Girlfriend" in a small writer's room and post it to YouTube. The video immediately went viral and by August 24, 2013 it had been viewed more than 707,060 times.
When interviewed on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Killam stated he had not known the dance shown in the song's official video until Robyn was scheduled to appear on SNL as a guest; then, he watched the video repeatedly until he could perform it himself.
In 2011, he appeared in Community episode "Regional Holiday Music" as Mr. Radison (Mr. Rad), a parody of Will Schuester from Glee. In 2012 he appeared in iCarly episode "I Meet The First Lady" as a Secret Service Agent.
On November 10, 2012, Killam appeared (with Kenan Thompson) in a short video, "The Legend of Mokiki and the Sloppy Swish." Mokiki was a laboratory test subject who now wanders Manhattan performing a shuffling move known as the "Sloppy Swish." The sketch briefly became an Internet phenomenon and garnered Killam significant media and public attention. Mike Ryan of The Huffington Post wrote, "It is one of the most bizarre things to ever air on SNL, yet, the next day, everyone was talking about the Sloppy Swish."
Killam is an avid reader of comic books and a fan of James Bond films. He first became interested in comics with Jim Lee's 1991 work on X-Men #1. He counts among his favorite aspects of the Bond franchise On Her Majesty's Secret Service and the Nintendo 64 video game Goldeneye, and names Sean Connery, Goldfinger and Skyfall as his favorite Bond actor, film and theme, respectively. In 2013 he ventured into the spy genre and the comics industry with The Illegitimates, a six-issue comics miniseries co-written by Marc Andreyko, illustrated by Kevin Sharpe and published by IDW Publishing. The series focuses on a team of illegitimate siblings who are charged with taking the place of their father, Jack Steele, a James Bond-like spy, after his death. The first issue was published December 18, 2013, and received mixed reviews.
Killam appears in the Best Picture-winning film 12 Years a Slave playing the role of Abram Hamilton, one of the kidnappers who brought the main character into slavery.
Killam has made six guest appearances as Gary Blauman on his wife Cobie Smulders' TV series, How I Met Your Mother. His first appearance was in the March 20, 2006 episode, "Life Among the Gorillas", and his most recent one was the March 24, 2014 episode, "The End of the Aisle".
After several years of dating, Killam and Canadian actress Cobie Smulders became engaged in January 2009. They married on September 8, 2012, in Solvang, California. The couple has a daughter, Shaelyn Cado Killam (born May 14, 2009).
|1994–2002||All That||Himself||15 episodes; also writer|
|2000||The Jersey||Varsity 1||Episode: "Nick's a Chick"|
|Judging Amy||Freddie Felleman||Episode: "The Wee Hours"|
|Touched by an Angel||Teenage Robert||Episode: "The Grudge"|
|2000–2002||The Amanda Show||Spaulding||7 episodes|
|Roswell||Malamud||Episode: "Heart of Mine"|
|2002||Do Over||Dave||Episode: "The Block Party"|
|2004||Drake & Josh||Trevor||Episode: "Dune Buggy"|
|Boston Public||Alex Buchanan||Episode: "Chapter Seventy-Eight"|
|Still Standing||Andy, Varsity Basketball Player #1||Episode: "Still Narcing"|
|2005||Jake in Progress||Todd||Episode: "Loose Thread"|
|2006||Girlfriends||Jordan Gray||Episode: "Hustle & Dough"|
|2006–2014||How I Met Your Mother||Gary Blauman||6 episodes|
|2006–2007||Wild 'n Out||Various||29 episodes|
|2007||Nick Cannon Presents: Short Circuitz||Various||8 episodes; also writer|
|Scrubs: Interns||Jimmy||Episode: "The Late Night with Jimmy Show"|
|2010–present||Saturday Night Live||Himself, Various||Main role|
|2011||Community||Cory Radison||Episode: "Regional Holiday Music"|
|2012||iCarly||Agent Kinsey||Episode: "iMeet the First Lady"|
|Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday||Patient, Steve Doocy, Guy||2 episodes|
|2013–2014||Drunk History||William Clark, Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi||2 episodes|
|2013–present||The Awesomes||Zip "Frantic" Danger (voice)||Main role|
|2014||Comedy Bang! Bang!||Smith Calvins||Episode: "Jenna Fischer Wears a Floral Blouse & Black Heels"|
The Illegitimates #1-6 (2013)
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