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Bryan Callen
Callen in April 2011
Born (1967-01-26) January 26, 1967 (age 53)
Manila, Philippines[1]
MediumStand-up, film, television
Alma materAmerican University
Years active1995–present
GenresSketch comedy, Improvisational comedy
Amanda Humphrey
m. 2008; div. 2020)
Notable works and rolesMADtv, The Fighter and the Kid, Schooled

Bryan Callen (born January 26, 1967)[3][4] is an American stand-up comedian, actor, writer and podcaster. He studied acting at the Beverly Hills Playhouse.[5] Callen initiated his career as one of the original cast members on the sketch comedy series MADtv.[6] Callen played Coach Mellor in The Goldbergs and reprised the role as a main character in the Goldbergs spinoff series Schooled.[7] He is co-host of the podcast The Fighter and the Kid, alongside Brendan Schaub.[8][9][10]

Early life

Callen was born on a military base in Manila, Philippines.[1] 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.[11] 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.[12] He is of Italian and Irish descent.[13][14][15][16]


MADtv (1995–1997) and other television projects

Callen was one of the eight original cast members when MADtv debuted in 1995.[6] Callen's characters included Pool Boy from Cabana Chat with Dixie Wetsworth, motivational speaker Al Casdy, and "relationship-challenged" death row inmate Jeremy Anderson.[17] 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,[18] NewsRadio,[19] Oz,[20] Frasier, Suddenly Susan, NYPD Blue, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, CSI, 7th Heaven,[20] 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.[20]

Callen played Ricky's sexually abusive father on The Secret Life of the American Teenager on ABC Family.[21] 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.[22][23]

Callen also plays the role of Coach Mellor in The Goldbergs and its spinoff series Schooled. The pilot aired on January 24, 2018.[24][7] The spinoff was picked up for 13 episode order for the fall 2018 television season.[25]

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.[26] He appeared with Melinda Hill in an episode of the 2012-13 web series Romantic Encounters.[27]

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.[28] Tommy Blacha and Chad Kultgen later replaced Callen and D'Elia.[29]

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.[30]

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.[31]

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.[32]

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.[33]

Stand-up comedy

Callen headlines his solo stand up comedy act at venues across the United States.[34] In early 2016 he released Never Grow Up which was recorded live at the Irvine Improv in April, 2015.[35] Never Grow Up was released online in conjunction with The Fighter and the Kid 3D Web series.[36] he released a special in 2019 called Complicated Apes.

Misconduct allegations

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.[37] 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."[38]


Comedy specials

Year Title Format
2012 Man Class Online
2016 Never Grow Up Online
2019 Complicated Apes 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 Himself
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
2016 Range 15 Guard Callen
2019 Joker Javier[39]
2019 No Safe Spaces Himself[40]
2020 Think Like a Dog Agent Callen


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 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"
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
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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