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|Born||Taran Hourie Killam
April 1, 1982
Culver City, California, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Cobie Smulders (2012–present)|
Taran Hourie Killam (born April 1, 1982) is an American actor and comedian best known for his television work on shows such as The Amanda Show, Scrubs, Wild 'N Out, MADtv, Stuck in the Suburbs and currently on Saturday Night Live.
Early life and education 
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.
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 7th season in 2001–2002. Joining the MADtv cast at age 19, Killam was the youngest cast member to ever join the sketch program. 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 How I Met Your Mother, 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.
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.
Killam Does Robyn 
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.
When interviewed by Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Killam states he did not have a former connection with the song until Robyn came to SNL as a guest.
Killam's character Mokiki 
On November 10, 2012, Killam appeared (with Kenan Thompson) in a short video entitled "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 quickly 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. (I swear that I am not making this up: I've already been invited to a Sloppy Swish-themed karaoke party.)"
Celebrity impersonations 
Scrubs: Interns 
- Seth Rogen
- Tom Hanks (also played on Saturday Night Live)
- Frank Welker (as Dr. Claw from Inspector Gadget)
- Paul Giamatti
- Philip Seymour Hoffman
- Topher Grace
- Ashton Kutcher (also played on Saturday Night Live)
- Ryan Reynolds
Saturday Night Live 
- Richard Armitage (as Thorin from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey)
- Adrien Brody
- Gerard Butler
- Michael Cera
- Andy Cohen
- Carson Daly
- Steve Doocy
- Chris Evans (as Steve Rogers/Captain America)
- John Galliano
- Michael Gambon (as Albus Dumbledore from the Harry Potter film series)
- Michael Gelman
- Bobcat Goldthwait
- Gilbert Gottfried
- Rupert Grint (as Ron Weasley from the Harry Potter film series)
- Jack Haley (as the Tin Man from "The Wizard Of Oz")
- Nicholas Hammond (as Friedrich von Trapp in the film The Sound of Music)
- Tom Hanks
- Kit Harington
- Liam Hemsworth
- Adolf Hitler
- Jon Huntsman
- Josh Hutcherson (as Peeta Melark from The Hunger Games)
- Yoo Jae-Seok
- Bruce Jenner
- Max Joseph
- Michael Keaton
- Chris Kirkpatrick
- Ashton Kutcher
- Damian Lewis (as Nicholas Brody from Homeland)
- Rush Limbaugh
- Andrew Lincoln (as Rick Grimes from the AMC show The Walking Dead)
- Ricky Martin
- Scotty McCreery
- Ian McKellen (in costume as Gandalf from The Lord of the Rings movies)
- Benjamin Millepied (as David from Black Swan)
- Pat Monahan (lead singer from Train)
- Cory Monteith (as Finn Hudson from Glee)
- Roger Moore
- Piers Morgan
- Liam Neeson
- Rand Paul
- Chris Pine
- Brad Pitt (mostly as himself and once as Billy Beane from the film Moneyball)
- Paul Reubens (in his Pee-wee Herman persona)
- Joshua Romney
- Matthew Romney
- Tagg Romney
- Marco Rubio
- Paul Ryan
- Steven Slater
- Dominique Strauss-Kahn
- Steve Tasker
- Tim Tebow
- Jim VandeHei
Recurring characters on "Saturday Night Live" 
- Jonathan Cavanaugh-san, the Japanese-culture obsessed co-host (with Vanessa Bayer) of the "J-Pop America Fun Time Now" talk show
- Francois, the star in the "Les Jeunes De Paris" skit
- The announcer on "What Up With That" replacing Will Forte
- Guy who is both turned on and grossed out by Shanna (Kristen Wiig) in the "Sexy Shanna" skits (replacing Will Forte, who left the show after the 35th season)
- The Gay Theatregoer who is a fan of Meryl Streep as played by Abby Elliott, Chris Rock as played by Jay Pharoah and Clint Eastwood as played by Bill Hader. The Gay Theatregoer has seen "Meryl Streep On Ice", "Rock's Way" and "Eastwood and Chair".
- The Merryville Brother Robot in the "Merryville Brother" skits alongside Bill Hader and whoever is hosting (so far, Jim Carrey, Justin Timberlake, and Bruno Mars have appeared as the third robot. Tom Hanks also appeared in the Bruno Mars installment as a fourth robot).
- The Servant in the "Royal Family" skits
- Richard, the co-host of an early morning radio show in Shakopee, Minnesota.
- Todd Garnes, a gay Californian wedding planner
- Agent Conners, a U.S. Secret Service agent protecting Barack Obama
Personal life 
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).
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- "Call Your Girlfriend SNL". December, 2011. Retrieved February 11, 2013.
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- "What's Trending: Look Out, Psy: SNL's 'Sloppy Swish' Might be the Next 'Gangnam Style'". MSN Now. November 12, 2012. Retrieved February 3, 2013. "The ridiculous "Sloppy Swish" dance by Mokiki was featured in an SNL sketch last night, and, with the speed that it's gone viral today, some people are predicting it could be the next Gangnam Style. Parodies have already begun springing up on YouTube and there are Tumblr pages for both "Mokiki" and "Sloppy Swish." Sorry, Psy — there may be a new viral dance sensation on the block."
- Ryan, Mike (November 14, 2012). "'Saturday Night Live': Origins Of The Sloppy Swish And Mokiki, Explained By Taran Killam". The Huffington Post. Retrieved February 3, 2013.
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