Scott Adsit

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Scott Adsit
Adsit at the 2010 Comic-Con International
Born Robert Scott Adsit
(1965-11-26) November 26, 1965 (age 49)
Northbrook, Illinois, U.S.
Education Glenbrook North High School[1]
Alma mater Columbia College Chicago
Occupation Actor, comedian, writer
Years active 1994–present
Comedy career
Medium Television, film
Genres Satire/political satire, improvisational comedy

Robert Scott Adsit[2] (born November 26, 1965) is an American actor, writer, voice actor and improvisational comedian. Born on the North Shore, Adsit joined the mainstage cast of Chicago's The Second City in 1994 after attending Columbia College Chicago. He appeared in several Jeff award-winning revues, including Paradigm Lost for which he won The Joseph Jefferson Award for Best Actor in a Comedy.

From 2005–2008, he co-directed, co-wrote and co-produced the Adult Swim stop-motion animation program Moral Orel with Dino Stamatopoulos and Jay Johnston. He also voiced several characters and was nominated for an Annie Award for his work as Clay Puppington, Orel's father. After the success of Moral Orel, Adsit and Stamatopoulos worked together again on their stop-motion animation series Mary Shelley's Frankenhole. Adult Swim ordered ten episodes for its first season, which began airing June 27, 2010 and was cancelled in 2012.

Adsit is known for his role as Pete Hornberger, the well-meaning but frequently terrified executive producer, on the NBC sitcom 30 Rock, which won a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series in 2008. In 2014, Adsit voiced the robot Baymax in the Disney animated film Big Hero 6.

Early life[edit]

Adsit was born in Northbrook, Illinois, the son of Genevieve "Genny" (née Butz) and Andrew Scott Adsit, a real estate attorney.[3][4] He attended Glenbrook North High School, where he recalled being "a bit of a class clown," and attended Indiana's DePauw University for one semester.[5] He then attended Columbia College Chicago, where acting teacher Sheldon Patinkin encouraged him to join the city's famed improv troupe, The Second City.[6]


1987 - 1998[edit]

Adsit joined Second City in 1987,[5] and became part of its mainstage cast in 1994. He appeared in several Joseph Jefferson Award-winning revues, including Piñata Full of Bees and Paradigm Lost for which he won The Jeff Award for Best Actor in a Comedy. A sketch he performed with future Saturday Night Live head writer Adam McKay, "Gump," was included as one of Second City's all-time best in the theater's 25th anniversary compilation. He appeared in the 1997 PBS documentary about the process of creating the multi-award winning Second City review, Paradigm Lost, Second to None along with castmates Tina Fey, Kevin Dorff, Rachel Dratch, Jenna Jolovitz and Jim Zulevic.

In 1996, he portrayed an alcoholic and drug-addicted father in Minnesota's Hazelden Substance Abuse Clinic short-subject production, Reflections From The Heart Of A Child. This 26-minute video/DVD feature has become required curriculum in most DWI Repeat Offender classes and substance abuse rehabilitation clinics across the U.S. In 1997, Adsit recorded the voices for the King of Payne, Sir Psycho, The Duke of Bourbon, and Merlin for Williams' Medieval Madness pinball machine. Adsit co-wrote the game's recorded dialog with fellow Second City cast member, Kevin Dorff. Adsit, Dorff and their Second City castmate, Tina Fey, played the character voices in the game.[7]

In 1998, Adsit moved to Los Angeles after an invitation from his college friend Dino Stamatopoulos to work on a pilot about the backstage antics of a television sketch-comedy variety show. The pilot did not materialize as a show, but Adsit stayed in California and began working in bit parts and commercials.[6] That same year, he appeared as a cast member in the renowned sketch comedy program, Mr. Show. He also plagued the band Tenacious D as a neighbor and a demon in their HBO show.


In 2001, he starred in an episode of Friends, "The One with Ross and Monica's Cousin" in Season 7. After moving to Los Angeles, Adsit appeared in several sitcoms and commercials.

From 2005–2008, he co-directed, co-wrote and co-produced the Adult Swim show Moral Orel with Stamatopoulos and Jay Johnston. He also provided the voice of Orel's father, Clay Puppington, as well as his best friend, Doughy, Link McMissins, Art Posabule, Mr. Christein, Junior Christein, Doctor Potterswheel, Billy Figurelli, Mrs. Figurelli and Tiny Tina, among others. He was nominated for an Annie Award for his work as Clay. Adsit also had a minor role in the The Office episode "Conflict Resolution" as a photographer. Adsit also had a small role in the movie Kicking & Screaming, starring Will Ferrell, where he played the coach of a rival team.

In 2005, he received a call from former Second City castmate Tina Fey. "Tina called and said, ‘I'm working on a show, and there's a part I'm writing with you in mind, so keep your schedule open next year.' So I did,” Adsit recalled in 2009. In a twist of fate, he also auditioned for Aaron Sorkin’s Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, yet another series about the behind-the-scenes drama of a variety show. “My manager said, 'There’s a good possibility you’re going to be offered both of these, so which are you going to go with? You have to tell me now,'” Adsit said. “I said, 'Tina is the lady from Weekend Update that riles a lot of people, and Aaron Sorkin just finished The West Wing; he's the golden boy.'” Ultimately, Adsit picked his friend: “I had to go with somebody I know and respect. I went with Tina.”[6]

In 2006, he joined the cast of 30 Rock, Fey's show, as Pete Hornberger, a longtime friend of Fey's character, Liz Lemon, and well-meaning but frequently terrified producer of TGS with Tracy Jordan, a fictitious sketch comedy series.[8] The show ran for seven seasons and was a critical smash, earning 103 Emmy nominations.[9]

In 2007, Adsit starred together with Brendon Small in Let's Fish, a pilot for Adult Swim, but the pilot did not become an official series. Adsit continues to act, improvise and teach at I.O. West and the Upright Citizens Brigade.


After the success of Moral Orel, Adsit and Dino Stamatopoulos started working together again on their newest stop-motion animation series Mary Shelley's Frankenhole, which Adult Swim has ordered ten episodes for its first season, which began airing on June 27, 2010. Adsit directed, wrote, produced and provided many of the lead voices.[10] In June 2010, Adsit hosted a panel featuring comic book writers Dan Slott, Frank Tieri, and Chris Claremont at HeroCon in Charlotte, North Carolina.[11] In 2012 Adsit was immortalized as an Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. in the pages of Marvel's Deadpool. The character, Agent Scott Adsit, has since become a recurring character in the title.[12]

Adsit also guest starred as the "Guest Bailiff" in three episodes of John Hodgman's podcast Judge John Hodgman.[13][14][15] Adsit starred as himself in John Hodgman's Netflix comedy special John Hodgman: Ragnarok.[16]

Adsit voices the huggable robot Baymax in the 2014 Disney animated film Big Hero 6.[17][18] Producer Roy Conli said "The fact that his character is a robot limits how you can emote, but Scott was hilarious. He took those boundaries and was able to shape the language in a way that makes you feel Baymax’s emotion and sense of humor. Scott was able to relay just how much Baymax cares."[18][19][19][20]

Adsit joined the Season 3 cast of the Adult Swim live-action TV series The Heart, She Holler as the corrupt Sheriff, starring alongside Amy Sedaris.[21] Paste Magazine stated that "Sedaris and Adsit, two relatively new co-stars, have great chemistry".[22]


Year Title Role Other Notes
1996 Early Edition Cab Driver Episode: "Thief Swipes Mayor's Dog"
1997–1998 Early Edition Grabowski 2 episodes
1998 Temporary Girl Seth the Agent
Mr. Show with Bob and David Various 6 episodes
1999 Tenacious D The Writer Episode: "The Greatest Song in the World"
Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place Kevin Episode: "Two Guys, a Girl and Barenaked Ladies"
2000 Felicity Professor Howard Morrison Episode: "Final Touches"
2001 Friends Director Episode: "The One with Ross and Monica's Cousin"
Town and Country Cab Driver
Lovely and Amazing Man at Phone
Malcolm in the Middle Attorney Episode: "Houseboat"
Curb Your Enthusiasm Joel Reynolds Episode: "The Acupuncturist"
TV Funhouse Professor Episode: "Chinese New Year's Day"
Dharma & Greg Howard Episode: "With a Little Help from My Friend"
MADtv Stagehand Episode #7.5
2002 Run Ronnie Run Police Negotiator
Ally McBeal Dr. Ted Slipp Episode: "Blowin' in the Wind"
Still Standing Mike Episode: "Still Reading"
2003 Melvin Goes to Dinner Man
Kingpin Male Addict TV Miniseries
The Italian Job Actor Rehearsing in Car
Grand Theft Parsons Music Expert
Alias Pierre Lagravenese Episode: "Reunion"
Comedy Central Laughs for Life Telethon 2003 CEO Harold Barbour TV Special
CSI: Miami Izzy Episode: "Body Count"
The Man Show Doctor Episode: "Wheel of Destiny"
2004 The Terminal Cab Driver
L.A. Twister Technician
Monk Medical Examiner Episode: "Mr. Monk Gets Fired"
Without a Paddle Greasy Man
Admissions Harvard Interviewer
Comedy Central Laughs for Life Telethon 2004 Colbert's High School Friend TV Special
Charmed Man in Dress / Cursed Wood Nymph Episode: "Spin City"
The Drew Carey Show Mitch Episode: "Baby Makes Stress"
Huff Doug Columbo Episode: "Cold Day in Shanghai"
2005 Be Cool Program Director
Kicking and Screaming Stew
Bad News Bears Umpire
Malcolm in the Middle Joe Episode: "Health Insurance"
Stacked Ray Episode: "Crazy Ray"
2005–2006 Robot Chicken Wimpy, Dean, Buddha, Shamrock Bear, Pinhead, blue Hungry Hippo, action movies narrator Voice, 4 episodes
2005-2008 Moral Orel Clay Puppington, Various Voices Voice
2006 Monk Howard Gordan Episode: "Mr. Monk Goes to a Fashion Show"
I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With Big Galoot
The Office Photographer Episode: Conflict Resolution (2:21)
Accepted Drop-Off Dad
For Your Consideration First AD
The Colbert Report Admiral Allendorfer Episode: "John Sexton"
2006–2013 30 Rock Pete Hornberger TV Series: 100 Episodes
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
2007 Dante's Inferno Judge Minos Voice
Let's Fish Don TV Pilot
Mr. Woodcock Cheesy Salesman
2008 Turnover Dr. Ruderman
Aqua Teen Hunger Force Hoppy Bunny and Drewbacca Voice
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Dwight Lomax Episode: "Authority"
2009 The Informant! Sid Hulse
2010 Last Night Stuart
Big Lake John the Baptist 1 episode
Delocated Dog Food Executive 1 episode
Mary Shelley's Frankenhole Professor Polidori, The Creature, Dr. Moreau, Thomas Jefferson, Adolf Hitler, et al. Voice
2013 John Hodgman: Ragnarok Himself[16] Netflix special
We're the Millers Doctor
2014 Appropriate Behavior Ken
St. Vincent David
Big Hero 6 Baymax Voice
Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes Baymax Voice/Video Game
Autobots Optimus Prime Voice
2015 Harvey Beaks Irving Beaks Voice
Disney Infinity 3.0 Baymax Voice/Video Game


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  2. ^ Kharakh, Ben (October 10, 2007). "Scott Adsit, Actor, 30 Rock". Gothamist. Retrieved October 31, 2011. 
  3. ^ Luc, Karie Angell (July 15, 2013). "30 Rock actor, Glenbrook North grad makes appearance at benefit". Northbrook Star. Archived from the original on November 10, 2014. Adsit, whose mother Genny Adsit still resides in east Northbrook, shook hands with past and current cast members...His father Andrew, a real estate attorney, passed in 2003. 
  4. ^ "Andrew Scott Adsit, 69". Chicago Tribune. December 28, 2003. Retrieved February 1, 2015. 
  5. ^ a b "30 Rock's Scott Adsit '88 Featured in Article". Depauw University. November 25, 2009. Retrieved 4 April 2015. 
  6. ^ a b c Heidemann, Jason A. (November 24, 2009). "Great Scott!". Time Out Chicago. Retrieved 4 April 2015. 
  7. ^ "Ranking Everything Tina Fey's Ever Done: 18. Medieval Madness Pinball Game". Complex Magazine. April 2014. Retrieved 4 April 2015. 
  8. ^ West, Kelly (April 1, 2008). "Interview: Tina Fey Talks About 30 Rock (Part 1)". Cinema Blend. Archived from the original on June 25, 2008. Retrieved July 8, 2008. 
  9. ^ "30 Rock". Emmy Awards. Retrieved 4 April 2015. 
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  11. ^ Photo in Dark Avengers Annual 01
  12. ^ "Scott Adsit (Character)". Comic Vine. CBS Interactive. Retrieved February 1, 2015. 
  13. ^ MaxFun Intern (November 14, 2012). "Judge John Hodgman Episode 84: Dog Duty". Maximum Fun. Retrieved January 1, 2013. 
  14. ^ MaxFun Intern (January 2, 2013). "Judge John Hodgman Episode 91: Coming Out of the Supply Closet". Maximum Fun. Retrieved January 14, 2013. 
  15. ^ Julia Smith (July 3, 2013). "Judge John Hodgman Episode 117: Lawn and Order". Maximum Fun. Retrieved July 3, 2013. 
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  17. ^ "Disney Gives Marvel Fans First Look at Big Hero 6 Animated Film". IGN. August 9, 2013. Retrieved August 9, 2013. 
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  20. ^ "Baymax" (PDF). Retrieved September 24, 2014. 
  21. ^ Barrett-Ibarria, Sofia (December 11, 2014). "Amy Sedaris & Scott Adsit Explain 'The Heart, She Holler' With Exploding Guts & Dirty Emoji". Retrieved December 14, 2014. 
  22. ^ Ohanesian, Liz (December 5, 2014). "Amy Sedaris and Scott Adsit on Weirdness and Satire in The Heart, She Holler". Paste Magazine. Retrieved December 14, 2014. 

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