Brett Gelman

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Brett Gelman
Gelman at the San Diego Comic-Con International in July 2011
Gelman at the 2011 San Diego Comic-Con
Brett Clifford Gelman

(1976-10-06) October 6, 1976 (age 42)
EducationHighland Park High School
Alma materUniversity of North Carolina School of the Arts
Years active2004–present
Janicza Bravo (m. 2015)

Brett Clifford Gelman (born October 6, 1976)[1] is an American actor and comedian.[2] He is best known for the roles of Brett Mobley in the Adult Swim comedy-action series Eagleheart, as Mr. K on the NBC sitcom Go On, as Hamish on the Comedy Central series Another Period, and as A.J. in the FX comedy series Married.[3] He co-starred as Martin on the BBC comedy Fleabag and has appeared on Twin Peaks, Making History, and as Murray Bauman in Stranger Things.

Early life[edit]

Gelman was born and raised in Highland Park, Illinois.[4] Gelman's father was a photo salesman. He was raised Jewish and has a younger sister who is a speech pathologist.[5]

Gelman graduated from Highland Park High School.[6] He graduated from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, where he received classical training in theater.[5]


After college, Gelman moved to New York City with fellow schoolmate, actor Jon Daly.[5] While in New York, Gelman was a regular performer at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, as part of the duo Cracked Out, improv group Monkey Dick, and sketch group Mr. A$$.[7]

A popular New York Lottery commercial funded his work for a while. Gelman did a one-man show called 1,000 Cats, which he workshopped at many venues.[8]

Gelman has appeared in the films The Other Guys and 30 Minutes or Less. He has co-starred as Chris Elliott's sidekick Brett Mobley in the live-action Adult Swim series Eagleheart and is a regular sketch performer on HBO's Funny or Die Presents and Comedy Central's Nick Swardson's Pretend Time. He has had recurring roles on The Life & Times of Tim and The Inbetweeners, as well as making guest appearances on comedy programs such as Bored to Death, Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Office, Happy Endings, Aqua Teen Hunger Force, and The League. Gelman has also written for the MTV sketch series Human Giant and the Scott Aukerman & B. J. Porter created sketch pilot The Right Now! Show.

In 2010, Gelman appeared as a cast member on the Comedy Central sketch comedy special This Show Will Get You High, created by Matt Besser. Gelman co-starred as "Mr. K" on the NBC comedy series Go On starring Matthew Perry,[9] and as A.J. on the FX comedy series Married.[citation needed]

In 2014, Gelman hosted a dinner party special called Dinner with Friends with Brett Gelman and Friends, that aired on Adult Swim.[10]

In 2015, Gelman was also a consulting writer on season two of the entertainment news parody series Hot Package on Adult Swim and also recurs as Hamish on the Comedy Central series Another Period and as Ronnie on the Starz series Blunt Talk. Also in 2015, Gelman appeared in the last season of Mad Men.[11]

In July 2016, Gelman starred in the special Dinner in America with Brett Gelman, a sequel to Dinner with Friends with Brett Gelman and Friends, which focused on racism.[12] In November 2016, Gelman said that he had left Adult Swim due to the network's alleged poor treatment of female employees and the promotion of controversial Million Dollar Extreme Presents: World Peace.[13][14][15][16]

In 2017, Gelman starred in and co-wrote Lemon, opposite Judy Greer, Michael Cera, Nia Long and Gillian Jacobs, directed by Janicza Bravo.[17][18] It had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 22, 2017.[19]

In 2017, it was announced that Gelman was cast in the third season of the hit Netflix science-fiction web series Stranger Things as Murray Bauman, a conspiracy theorist and former journalist.

In 2018, he starred in the independent feature film Room for Rent, opposite Mark Little, Carla Gallo, Stephnie Weir, Patrick J. Adams, and Mark McKinney. Gunpowder & Sky released the film in the US on all major VOD platforms November 2, 2018.

Other work[edit]

Gelman and frequent writing partner and collaborator Jon Daly performed for many years as the comedy rap duo "Cracked Out".[20] Gelman has gained recognition for appearing as the "Little Bit Of Luck" character in the "Take 5" New York Lottery ad campaign that ran from 2008 through 2011.[21]

Gelman makes frequent appearances on the Comedy Bang! Bang! podcast, as well as other podcasts on the Earwolf podcasting network. In 2011, he began his own podcast, Gelmania, also available on the Earwolf network. Gelman has said he wanted his podcast to "reflect a lot of the fears and anger and sadness of the world, but do that through a really stupid lens."[22] In 2014, Gelmania began its second season but is no longer on the Earwolf network.[23]

Personal life[edit]

In December 2015, Gelman married his long-time girlfriend, writer and director Janicza Bravo.[24][25] Gelman and Bravo met in New York City while working on a New York Lotto commercial.[4] They live in Los Angeles.[26]


Year Title Role Notes
2004 Blackballed: The Bobby Dukes Story Mayhem Team Member
2006 Gingerbreed Driller Driver
2007 Watching the Detectives Glenn
2008 Stick It in Detroit Hot Rod Johnson
2009 May the Best Man Win Bachelor Party Host
2010 The Other Guys Hal
2011 Eat August Short
30 Minutes or Less Pizza Boss
A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas TV Director
2013 Jobs Jef Raskin
Awful Nice Ivan
Gregory Go Boom Tom Short, also producer
2014 Someone Marry Barry Goker
2016 Joshy Greg
Flock of Dudes Howie
2017 Lemon Isaac Lachmann Also writer
Wilson Robert
DRIB Brady Thompson
The Disaster Artist Acting Teacher
Room for Rent Carl Lemay
2018 Wild Nights with Emily Higginson
Like Father Frank Lerue
Year Title Role Notes
2005 Coke Gonzales TV short
The Colbert Report Spencer Episode: "Greg Behrendt"
2007 Fat Guy Stuck in Internet Co-Worker / Linux / The Oracle 3 episodes
Honesty Mechanic Episode: "Mechanic"
2008 Human Giant Kidnapped Soldier / Rapzilla / Billy Crystal 2 episodes
2009 Californication Annoying Hipster Episode: "Mia Culpa"
2010 Comedy Lab Ruby (voice) Episode: "Penelope Princess of Pets"
This Show Will Get You High Cast Member Comedy Central pilot
Nick Swardson's Pretend Time Various Episode: "Mudslide Junction"
2010–2011 Funny or Die Presents Nick / Performer 3 episodes
The Back Room Mr. America / James Gandolfini 4 episodes
2010–2012 The Life & Times of Tim Co-Worker / Walker Fan / Adam's Friend / Doug the Intruder (voices) 4 episodes
2011 Happy Endings Carl Episode: "Your Couples Friends & Neighbors"
Curb Your Enthusiasm Pig Parker Episode: "Vow of Silence"
Bored to Death Faux Jonathan Episode: "We Could Sing a Duet"
2011–2013 The League Gavin 2 episodes
2011–2014 Eagleheart Brett Mobley Series regular; 26 episodes
2012 The Office The Magician Episode: "Welcome Party"
Comedy Bang! Bang! Dog Lawyer Episode: "Jon Hamm Wears a Light Blue Shirt & Silver Watch"
Aqua Teen Hunger Force Rocket Horse (voice) Episode: "Rocket Horse & Jet Chicken"
2012–2013 Go On Mr. K Series regular; 22 episodes
2013 Ghost Ghirls Rabbit Episode: "I Believe in Mira-ghouls"
NTSF:SD:SUV:: Gabby Hofstein Episode: "Unfrozen Agent Man"
We Are Men Alimony Steve Episode: "We Are Franksgiving"
2013–2014 Drunk History Various 2 episodes
2013–2015 Kroll Show Various 3 episodes
2014 Surviving Jack Principal McMullen Episode: "Rhythm Is a Dancer"
Adventure Time Ring Master (voice) Episode: "Sad Face"
Bad Teacher Doug Pilaf 5 episodes
Dinner with Friends with Brett Gelman and Friends Himself Special
2014–2015 Married A.J. Series regular; 23 episodes
2014–2016 Mr. Pickles Cheeseman (voice) 2 episodes
TripTank Jeff (voice) 9 episodes
2015 Dinner with Family with Brett Gelman and Brett Gelman's Family Himself Special
Fresh Off the Boat Dusty Nugget Episode: "Persistent Romeo"
Man Seeking Woman Demon Episode: "Stain"
The Odd Couple Stuart Episode: "Jealous Island"
Mad Men Daniel Episode: "Person to Person"
Comedy Bang! Bang! Mr. Celebrity Episode: "James Marsden Wears Gray Pants and Black High-Top Sneakers"
2015–2016 Blunt Talk Ronnie 6 episodes
2015–2018 Another Period Hamish Crassus 20 episodes
2016 Angel from Hell Lee Episodes: "Soulmates", "Rain Check"
Clarence Mr. Mozer (voice) Episode: "Field Trippin'"
Dinner in America with Brett Gelman Himself Special
High Maintenance Himself Episode: "Selfie"
2016–2018 Love Dr. Greg Colter 10 episodes
American Dad! Various voices 4 episodes
2016–2019 Fleabag Martin Series regular; 8 episodes
2017 Jeff & Some Aliens Jeff (voice) Series regular; 10 episodes
Making History Paul Revere 2 episodes
Budding Prospects Vogelsein Pilot
Twin Peaks Supervisor Burns 2 episodes
2017–2019 Stranger Things Murray Bauman 8 episodes
2018 Camping George 8 episodes
2019 Mr. Mercedes Rolan Finklestein Recurring role


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