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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, comedian, writer|
|Spouse(s)||Cobie Smulders (2012–present)|
Taran Hourie Killam (born April 1, 1982) is an American actor, voice 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, since 2010, on 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.
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 in MADtv's seventh season, Killam only fully appeared in four episodes. Joining the MADtv cast at age 19, Killam is 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.
2011 - present
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.
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. "
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||Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult||Boy of Geriatric Park|
|2002||Big Fat Liar||Bret Callaway|
|2003||Just Married||Dickie McNerney|
|2004||Stuck in the Suburbs||Jordan Cahill||TV film|
|2006||The Showdown||The Batter||Short film|
|Dr. Miracles||Mr. Peterson||Short film|
|2008||My Best Friend's Girl||Josh|
|2009||Three Matthew McConaugheys and a Baby||Matthew McConaughey||Short film|
|2010||Freshmen||Adam Harris||TV film|
|Anderson's Cross||Austin Wilson|
|Grown Ups 2||Male Cheerleader|
|12 Years a Slave||Hamilton|
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- "Nobody's Watching Part 2 ", YouTube, June 8, 2006
- "Call Your Girlfriend SNL". December 12, 2011. Retrieved August 24, 2013.
- Hughes, Sarah (December 13, 2011). "Taran Killam and ‘SNL’ cohorts do late night recreation of Robyn’s ‘Call Your Girlfriend’ (Video)". Washington Post. Retrieved February 7, 2013.
- "Talkin' Robyn with Taran Killam". Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Retrieved February 7, 2013.
- Hernandez, Brian Anthony (November 11, 2012). "Mokiki's Sloppy Swish Is the Next 'Gangnam Style'". Mashable. Retrieved February 3, 2013.
- "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.
- Alexander, Reagan (January 28, 2009). "HIMYM's Cobie Smulders Flashes Her New Engagement Ring". People. Retrieved 25 November 2009.
- ""SNL’s" Taran Killam Marries "How I Met Your Mother’s" Cobie Smulders — Exclusive". RumorFix. September 8, 2012. Retrieved September 9, 2012.
- Leon, Anya (July 3, 2009.). "It's a Girl for Cobie Smulders". People. Retrieved 25 November 2009.
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