Bryan Callen

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Bryan Callen
Callen in April 2011
Born Bryan Christopher Callen
(1967-01-26) January 26, 1967 (age 51)
Manila, Philippines
Other names "The Kid"
Citizenship American
Occupation Comedian, actor, writer, podcaster
Years active 1995–present
Amanda Humphrey (m. 2008)

Bryan Christopher Callen[1] (born January 26, 1967) is an American stand-up comedian, actor, writer and podcaster. He studied acting at the Beverly Hills Playhouse.[2] Callen initiated his career as one of the original cast members on the sketch comedy series MADtv.[3] Callen is co-host of the podcast The Fighter and the Kid, alongside Brendan Schaub.


Callen was born on a military base in Manila, Philippines to American parents Michael Callen and Toni McBride. He is of Irish, Italian and Native American descent. His father was an international banker, so Callen lived in various countries until he was 14 years old, including the Philippines, India, Pakistan, Lebanon, Greece, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Anchorage, Tucson, and Chad. He graduated from Northfield Mount Hermon High School in Gill, Massachusetts in 1985.



Callen was one of the eight original cast members when MADtv debuted in 1995.[3] 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.

Other television projects[edit]

Callen's television credits include , 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, Kingdom, Stacked, Las Vegas, Reba, Fat Actress 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.

In November 2016 news emerged that ABC and Sony Pictures TV have produced a pilot and are looking to turn The Goldbergs into a franchise with an offshoot series. The network has handed a script commitment to the single-camera comedy project set in the 1990s centered around the recurring character Coach Mellor played by Bryan Callen.[4]

Bryan Callen also played the role of Coach Mellor in The Goldbergs spinoff series Schooled. The pilot aired on January 24, 2018.[5][6] The spinoff was picked up for 13 episode order for the Fall 2018 Television season.[7]

Dream Crushers Web Series[edit]

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.[8] He appeared with Melinda Hill in an episode of the 2012-13 web series Romantic Encounters.[9]

The 10 Minute Podcast[edit]

Beginning February 20, 2012, Callen and fellow actors Will Sasso and Chris D'Elia began the 'Ten Minute Podcast'.[10] Tommy Blacha and Chad Kultgen have since replaced Callen and D'Elia.[11]

The Fighter and The Kid Podcast[edit]

The Fighter and the Kid podcast has charted in multiple countries across the world,[12] and garners over three million downloads per month.[13] The podcast has featured and continues to feature, a wide variety of highly notable guests like Rob Dyrdek,[14] Conor McGregor,[15] Chuck Liddell,[16] Bill Burr,[17] Michael Rapaport,[18] 50 Cent,[19] and Asa Akira,[20] among many others. The duo are known for their differing comedic perspectives, formerly more focused in the realm of mixed martial arts, but now consistently talking about pop culture and current events since their departure from Fox Sports.

Schaub and Callen performed the podcast live to sold out crowds 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 infamous Comedy Store in Los Angeles.[21]

In 2016 Schaub and Callen released "The Fighter and the Kid 3D". The twelve episode digital download series features sketch comedy pieces spawned from the duo's podcast personas.[22] The series was ranked the #1 Comedy TV show on iTunes when it debuted in May 2016; surpassing the likes of Inside Amy Schumer, Key And Peele, and Tosh.0 on the charts. The Fighter and the Kid 3D also ranked #3 most downloaded TV show overall on the iTunes charts, topping hits series such as Game of Thrones and Keeping up with the Kardashians.[23]

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.

Stand-up comedy[edit]

Callen headlines his solo stand up comedy act at venues across the United States.[24] In early 2016 he released Never Grow Up, his most acclaimed comedy special to date, which was recorded live at the Irvine Improv in April, 2015.[25] Never Grow Up was released online in conjunction with The Fighter and the Kid 3D Web series.[26]


Comedy specials[edit]

Year Title Format
2012 Man Class Online
2017 Never Grow Up Online
2018 American Boner (In Production) Online


Year Title Role Notes
1995 Mail Bonding Poet
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
2003 Old School Avi
2005 D-WAR Dr. Austin
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 Warrior Joe Rogan
2011 Division III: Football's Finest Denny Dawson
2013 10 Rules for Sleeping Around Owen Manners
2014 Ride Along Miggs
2014 About Last Night Trent
2014 Planes: Fire & Rescue Avalanche Voice
2014 Walk of Shame Dealer
2014 My Man Is a Loser Paul
2019 Joker TBA


Year Title Role Notes
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 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"
2005 Reba Buzzard Episode: "Invasion"
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
2010 CSI: Miami Kent Episode: "Getting Axed"
2010 I'm in the Band Bleed Episode: "Bleed Guitarist"
2011 In Plain Sight Mark 5 episodes
2011 Death Valley Capt. Frank Dashell 12 episodes
2012 Californication Cop Episode: "The Ride Along"
2014 Kingdom Garo Kassabian 3 episodes
2014–present The Goldbergs Coach Mellor 17 episodes
2019 Schooled Coach Mellor


  1. ^ Bryan Callen profile,; accessed May 15, 2015.
  2. ^ "Bryan Callen on the Beverly Hills Playhouse Acting School". Retrieved 2014-07-29. 
  3. ^ a b Leitereg, Neal J. "'MADtv's' Bryan Callen snaps up a newly built contemporary in Santa Monica". Los Angeles Times. 
  4. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (2016-11-08). "'The Goldbergs' 1990s Spinoff Starring Bryan Callen In the Works At ABC". Deadline. Retrieved 2016-11-18. 
  5. ^ Gray, Ellen (January 9, 2018). "'Goldbergs' spinoff pilot to air on ABC - could this be a second chance?". Philadelphia Media Network. Retrieved February 8, 2018. 
  6. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (January 8, 2018). "'The Goldbergs' 1990s-Set Pilot to Air on ABC". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 8, 2018. 
  7. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (2018-04-16). "'The Goldbergs' Spinoff Picked Up To Series By ABC With Tim Meadows, Bryan Callen & AJ Michalka Set To Star". Deadline. Retrieved 2018-04-17. 
  8. ^ Sasso, Will. "Dream Crushers". Retrieved October 23, 2013. 
  9. ^ Gutelle, Sam. "Melinda Hill Seeking 'Romantic Encounters' On My Damn Channel Network". Retrieved October 23, 2013. 
  10. ^ Will Sasso (2012-02-20). "The 10 Minute Podcast". Retrieved 2016-11-22. 
  11. ^ Will Sasso (2016-11-22). "The 10 Minute Podcast". Retrieved 2016-11-22. 
  12. ^ "FOX Sports - 'The Fighter & The Kid' American iTunes Chart Performance". Retrieved July 10, 2016. 
  13. ^ "We Talked to The Fighter and The Kid About Their Upcoming Denver Stand-Up Shows, CO Music, & More". March 14, 2016. Retrieved July 10, 2016. 
  14. ^ "Rob Dyrdek joins The Fighter and The Kid". Retrieved July 10, 2016. 
  15. ^ "Conor McGregor joins The Fighter and The Kid". Retrieved July 10, 2016. 
  16. ^ UFC on FOX (2016-02-22). "The Fighter and The Kid". Retrieved 2016-11-22. 
  17. ^ "The Fighter and The Kid - Episode 109: Bill Burr". Retrieved July 10, 2016. 
  18. ^ UFC on FOX (2015-11-05). "The Fighter and The Kid". Retrieved 2016-11-22. 
  19. ^ "Rapper 50 cent joins The Fighter and The Kid". Retrieved July 10, 2016. 
  20. ^ UFC on FOX (2015-05-01). "The Fighter and The Kid". Retrieved 2016-11-22. 
  21. ^ "The Fighter & The Kid announce national tour". Retrieved July 10, 2016. 
  22. ^ ""The Fighter and the Kid" 3D". Retrieved July 10, 2016. 
  23. ^ "iTunes Charts". Retrieved July 10, 2016. 
  24. ^ "Bryan Callen Events". Retrieved July 10, 2016. 
  25. ^ "Bryan Callen's New Special Now Available". Retrieved July 10, 2016. 
  26. ^ "Bryan Callen: Never Grow Up". Retrieved July 10, 2016. 

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