Jack McBrayer

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Jack McBrayer
McBrayer smiling
McBrayer at New York on March 10, 2007
Born (1973-05-27) May 27, 1973 (age 41)
Macon, Georgia, U.S.
Occupation Actor, comedian
Years active 1999–present[1]

Jack McBrayer (born May 27, 1973) is an American comedic actor who gained national exposure for his characters on Late Night with Conan O'Brien. He is known for portraying Kenneth Parcell on the television series 30 Rock, a role for which he received an Emmy nomination in 2009 at the 61st Primetime Emmy Awards.[2] He currently stars and voiced the title character, Wander in the Disney Channel original series Wander Over Yonder and Fix-It-Felix Jr. in the film Wreck-It Ralph.

Life and career[edit]

McBrayer was born in Macon, Georgia, and moved to Conyers, Georgia when he was 15. He studied theater administration at the University of Evansville,[3] worked at The Second City and IO Theater (1995–2002),[3] an experience that introduced him to 30 Rock creator Tina Fey and prepared him "100%" for his role on her show.[1]

McBrayer appeared in over 80 sketches on Late Night with Conan O'Brien (2002–04), often lampooning his own Southern upbringing by playing stereotypical hillbilly characters. On August 10, 2007 and September 20, 2008, he made a cameo appearance on Late Night playing Kenneth Parcell from 30 Rock. During the first appearance, O'Brien remarked to him, "I thought you were above this now." McBrayer later reprised his role as Kenneth twice (November 24, 2009 and January 13, 2010) after O'Brien's switch to The Tonight Show, and has appeared on Conan's Legally Prohibited From Being Funny on Television Tour at stops in Eugene, Oregon, Universal City, California (on the Universal Studios lot where O'Brien taped Tonight), and the final tour stop in Atlanta, in his home state of Georgia.[4][5]

McBrayer also had a minor recurring role as a waiter at the Bluth family's country club in Arrested Development. In 2008, he was featured throughout the video for "Touch My Body" by Mariah Carey. During the shooting for the video, it is reported McBrayer accidentally hit Carey in the face with a Frisbee.[3] McBrayer also appears in the first episode in the fifth season of Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! as a spokesman in a spoof advertisement for the fictional "Diarrhea-phragm."[6] He works as a voice actor in the American animated series Ugly Americans[7] and appeared in the 2010 film Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore with a recurring role on the third season of Phineas and Ferb, playing the part of Irving, a fan of Phineas and Ferb. He also regularly appears in the skit "Knock Knock Joke of the Day" on the hit children's television show, Yo Gabba Gabba! since season 2[8] and stars in Craig McCracken's new TV show Wander Over Yonder on the Disney Channel. In the fall of 2012, Jack lent his voice to the Disney animated film Wreck-It Ralph, playing the title character's close friend and video game opponent 'Fix-It Felix, Jr.'. More recently, he has starred alongside Los Angeles Clippers superstar Blake Griffin in Kia commercials, and in 2013 appeared in a commercial for Barnes & Noble.

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
2004 Blackballed: The Bobby Dukes Story Stuart Applebaum
2005 Baxter, TheThe Baxter Elliot's friend Uncredited
2006 Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby Glenn
2007 Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story DJ
2008 Forgetting Sarah Marshall Darald
2009 Spring Breakdown Stage Manager Direct-to-video
2010 Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore Chuck
2010 Despicable Me Carnival Barker / Tourist Dad Voice
2012 Wreck-It Ralph Fix-It Felix Jr. Voice
2012 Thousand Words, AA Thousand Words Starbucks Barista
2012 Campaign, TheThe Campaign Mr. Mendenhall
2011 The Brass Teapot Joe
2013 Movie 43 Brian Segment "iBabe"
2013 The To Do List Hillcrest Manager
2013 Savannah Sir Graham
2014 They Came Together Oliver
2014 Cooties Tracy Filming
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1999 Early Edition Teddy / Rehearsal Dinner Toaster Episode: The Out-of-Towner
2002–2004 Late Night with Conan O'Brien Various
2005 Weekends at the D.L. Soldier Episode #1.12
2005–2006 Arrested Development Country Club Waiter 2 episodes
2006–2013 30 Rock Kenneth Parcell Series regular
2006 Colbert Report, TheThe Colbert Report Kevin Episode: Will Power
2007 My Boys Paul Episode: The Promise of a New Season
2009 Electric Company, TheThe Electric Company Marlon Episode: Abracadabra Cadabra Ca-Green!
2009–present Phineas and Ferb Irving Voice
22 episodes
2010 Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! Best Man Episode: Comedy
2010 Ugly Americans Kong Episode: Kong of Queens
2010 Robotomy Frenemy Episode: Frenemy
2010 Kung Fu Panda Holiday Special Wo Hop Voice
Short
2011 Bob's Burgers Kevin / Marble 2 episodes
2011 Simpsons, TheThe Simpsons Ewell Freestone "Peach Guy" Voice
Episode: The Great Simpsina
2011 Conan Ghost / Drug Dealer / Conan 3 episodes
2011 Portlandia Zupan's Market Customer Episode: Cool Wedding
2011 Funny or Die Presents Park Ranger Episode #2.4
Segment: Death Hunt
2011 Archer Randy Episode: Bloody Ferlin
2011 Phineas and Ferb the Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension Irving Movie
2013–present Wander Over Yonder Wander Voice
Series regular
2013 Bob's Burgers Kevin / Leslie Voice
Episode: Boyz 4 Now
2013 Drunk History Nixon Aide Haldeman 2 episodes
2013 Deon Cole's Black Box White History Month Narrator Episode: Sweet Home Chicago
2013 NTSF:SD:SUV:: Tagg Episode: Trading Faces
2013 Comedy Bang! Bang! Chad Episode: Rashida Jones Wears a Black Blazer & Flowered Pants
2013 Key & Peele Robert Episode: #3.3
2013–2014 The Middle Dr. Ted Goodwin 4 episodes
2014 Jake and the Neverland Pirates Pirate Mummy Episode: Treasure of the Pirate Mummy's Tomb

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Jack McBrayer or Kenny the Page? 'Same thing,' says '30 Rock' star". Show Patrol (blog). ChicagoNow. October 9, 2009. Retrieved 2010-07-20. 
  2. ^ "Academy of Television Arts and Sciences 61st Primetime Emmy Awards" (PDF) (Press release). Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. 2009-07-16. Retrieved 2010-11-13. 
  3. ^ a b c Itzkoff, Dave (2008-04-06). "Not-So-Alter Ego of Kenneth the Page, Still Soaking It In". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-11-13. 
  4. ^ "Conan’s First Tour Stop: Triumph, Self-Pleasuring Pandas, and Spoon". New York (magazine). 2010-04-13. Retrieved 2010-11-13. 
  5. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (2010-04-25). "Conan Back at NBC Universal (For Two Nights): "Bad Ideas Are Being Greenlit" Here". Deadline.com. Retrieved 2010-11-13. 
  6. ^ Heisler, Steve (2010-03-01). "Tim & Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! - Season 5 premiere". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 2010-11-13. 
  7. ^ Moore, Debi (2010-04-27). "Ugly Americans Season Finale: Kong of Queens". Dread Centralteacher. Retrieved 2010-11-13. 
  8. ^ MacIntyre, April (2009-03-16). "Jack Black to guest star on Yo Gabba Gabba". Monsters and Critics. Retrieved 2010-11-13. 

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