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Callen in April 2011
|Born||January 26, 1967|
|Medium||Stand-up, film, television|
|Alma mater||American University|
|Genres||Sketch comedy, Improvisational comedy|
(m. 2008; div. 2020)
|Notable works and roles||MADtv, The Fighter and the Kid, Schooled|
Bryan Callen (born January 26, 1967) is an American stand-up comedian, actor, writer and podcaster. He studied acting at the Beverly Hills Playhouse. Callen initiated his career as one of the original cast members on the sketch comedy series MADtv. Callen played Coach Mellor in The Goldbergs and reprised the role as a main character in the Goldbergs spinoff series Schooled. He is co-host of the podcast The Fighter and the Kid, alongside Brendan Schaub.
Callen was born on a military base in Manila, Philippines. He is the son of American parents, Victoria Callen (née Sclafani) and Michael A. Callen. Because of his father's career as an international banker, Callen lived overseas until he was fourteen years old, including in The Philippines, India, Pakistan, Lebanon, Greece and Saudi Arabia. He graduated from Northfield Mount Hermon High School in Gill, Massachusetts in 1985. He then attended American University in Washington, D.C., where he graduated with a bachelor's degree in History. He is of Italian and Irish descent.
MADtv (1995–1997) and other television projects
Callen was one of the eight original cast members when MADtv debuted in 1995. Callen's characters included Pool Boy from Cabana Chat with Dixie Wetsworth, motivational speaker Al Casdy, and "relationship-challenged" death row inmate Jeremy Anderson. Callen also performed impressions of Bill Clinton, Robert De Niro, Al Gore, Luke Perry, Steven Seagal, Sammy Hagar, Kevin Bacon, Jim Carrey, Ted Knight and Arnold Schwarzenegger, among others.
Callen has guest starred on television series such as Entourage, NewsRadio, Oz, Frasier, Suddenly Susan, NYPD Blue, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, CSI, 7th Heaven, Rude Awakening, Less Than Perfect, The King of Queens, Sex and the City, Kingdom, Stacked, Las Vegas, Reba, Fat Actress, Californication and How I Met Your Mother.
Callen played Ricky's sexually abusive father on The Secret Life of the American Teenager on ABC Family. He also makes frequent appearances on Chelsea Lately. He hosted the E! show Bank of Hollywood, and currently appears as a commentator of The Smoking Gun Presents: World's Dumbest... on truTV.
Callen also plays the role of Coach Mellor in The Goldbergs and its spinoff series Schooled. The pilot aired on January 24, 2018. The spinoff was picked up for 13 episode order for the fall 2018 television season.
Callen co-wrote and co-starred in Dream Crushers with Will Sasso, Sara Rue, and Scott Thompson. The series was shot in 2009 but unaired until 2011. He appeared with Melinda Hill in an episode of the 2012-13 web series Romantic Encounters.
Ten Minute Podcast
Beginning on February 20, 2012, Callen and fellow actors and comedians Will Sasso and Chris D'Elia began the Ten Minute Podcast. Tommy Blacha and Chad Kultgen later replaced Callen and D'Elia.
The Fighter and the Kid
Callen currently cohosts a podcast titled The Fighter and the Kid with Brendan Schaub, and producers Chin and Kat. The podcast formerly focused on the realm of mixed martial arts, but since their departure from Fox Sports, they regularly discuss pop culture and current events as well.
Schaub and Callen performed the podcast live on a national tour in 2016. The tour included such venues as The Vic Theatre (Chicago), Gramercy Theatre (New York City), and Wilbur Theatre (Boston); culminating at the Comedy Store in Los Angeles.
In 2016 Schaub and Callen released The Fighter and the Kid 3D. The twelve episode digital download series features sketch comedy pieces based on the duo's podcast personas.
Schaub and Callen regularly appear alongside Joe Rogan during live event broadcasts, such as the UFC and Glory kickboxing, for what is called the Fight Companion. They also appeared on the MTV show Ridiculousness, hosted by Rob Dyrdek, in June 2016.
Callen headlines his solo stand up comedy act at venues across the United States. In early 2016 he released Never Grow Up which was recorded live at the Irvine Improv in April, 2015. Never Grow Up was released online in conjunction with The Fighter and the Kid 3D Web series. he released a special in 2019 called Complicated Apes.
On July 31, 2020, following the accusations of misconduct towards Chris D'Elia from a month prior, it was reported by The Los Angeles Times that four women told the newspaper that Callen mistreated them and described incidents of sexual misconduct including rape, assault, and disturbing comments that date back to 1999. In a tweet about the accusations, Callen posted: “Let me be very clear: I have never raped, forced myself upon any woman nor offered to trade stage time for sex. EVER.” Callen followed up with a statement: “The horrific and false allegations originated in today’s LA TIMES will be addressed in detail in a special Saturday night edition of my podcast TFATK tomorrow. I will not allow the cancel culture to subvert what I know and as importantly, what these women know, is the truth."
|2016||Never Grow Up||Online|
|1998||Driven to Drink||Bartender|
|2002||Run Ronnie Run||Hollywood Agent|
|2002||Live from Baghdad||American Hostage No. 2|
|2003||Deliver Us from Eva||Theo Wilson|
|2003||Bad Santa||Bar Owner|
|2003||The Goldfish||Duncan Poole|
|2006||Scary Movie 4||President's Aide|
|2007||I Do & I Don't||Bob|
|2008||Get Smart's Bruce and Lloyd: Out of Control||Howard|
|2009||The Hangover||Eddie Palermos|
|2009||The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard.||Jason Big Ups|
|2010||The 41-Year-Old Virgin Who Knocked Up Sarah Marshall and Felt Superbad About It||Andy|
|2011||The Hangover Part II||Samir|
|2011||Division III: Football's Finest||Denny Dawson|
|2013||10 Rules for Sleeping Around||Owen Manners|
|2014||About Last Night||Trent|
|2014||Planes: Fire & Rescue||Avalanche||Voice|
|2014||Walk of Shame||Dealer|
|2014||My Man Is a Loser||Paul|
|2016||Range 15||Guard Callen|
|2019||No Safe Spaces||Himself|
|2020||Think Like a Dog||Agent Callen|
|1995–1997||MADtv||Various Characters||42 episodes|
|1998||NewsRadio||Russ Garrelli||1 episode|
|1998||Oz||Jonathan Coushaine||7 episodes|
|1999||Frasier||The Chicken||Episode: "Radio Wars"|
|2003||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Derrick Pfeiffer||Episode: "Risk"|
|2003||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Barry Yoder||Episode: "Last Laugh"|
|2003||Sex and the City||Harry's Best Man||Episode: "The Catch"|
|2004||The West Wing||Louis||Episode: "Disaster Relief"|
|2004–2006||7th Heaven||George "Vic" Vickery||9 episodes|
|2005||Fat Actress||Eddie Falcone||7 episodes|
|2005||The King of Queens||Jared||Episode: "Like Hell"|
|2006–2009||How I Met Your Mother||Bilson||6 episodes|
|2006–2007||Entourage||Rob Rubino||2 episodes|
|2008–2014||truTV Presents: World's Dumbest...||Himself||77 episodes|
|2009||The Secret Life of the American Teenager||Bob Underwood||2 episodes|
|2009–2010||Bank of Hollywood||Host||8 episodes|
|2010||CSI: Miami||Kent||Episode: "Getting Axed"|
|2010||I'm in the Band||Bleed||Episode: "Bleed Guitarist"|
|2011–2012||In Plain Sight||Mark||8 episodes|
|2011||Death Valley||Capt. Frank Dashell||12 episodes|
|2012||Californication||Cop||Episode: "The Ride Along"|
|2014–2017||Kingdom||Garo Kassabian||14 episodes|
|2014–2020||The Goldbergs||Coach Mellor||42 episodes|
|2016||2 Broke Girls||Tony||Episode: "And The Booth Babes"|
|2019–2020||Schooled||Coach Mellor||Main role|
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