Though Taran Killam seemed like an overnight success when he joined the cast of "Saturday Night Live" (NBC 1975- ) as a featured player in the fall of 2010, he already had an extensive resume at the t...
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|Landed recurring role on the CBS comedy "How I Met Your Mother," which starred his off-screen love Cobie Smulders|
|Joined the third and fourth seasons of Nick Cannon's "Wild 'N Out"|
|First film appearance, playing a young kid in "Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insult"|
|Joined the cast of "Saturday Night Live" (NBC)|
|Cast in a recurring role on "Scrubs" (NBC) as the overly touchy orderly Jimmy|
|Co-starred in the Disney Channel movie "Stuck in the Suburbs"|
|Featured role in "The Heat".|
|Early TV appearances, "Judging Amy" (CBS) and "Touched by an Angel" (CBS)|
|Appeared in "Big Fat Liar," starring then girlfriend Amanda Bynes|
|Joined the cast of "MADtv" (Fox) as a featured player|
Though Taran Killam seemed like an overnight success when he joined the cast of "Saturday Night Live" (NBC 1975- ) as a featured player in the fall of 2010, he already had an extensive resume at the time, including a stint on SNL's most successful competitor, "MADtv" (Fox 1995-2009).
Born on April Fool's Day 1982 and raised in a small town near San Bernadino, CA, Killan made his film debut in 1994 in a small role in "The Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult." In 2001, at the age of 19, he joined the cast of Fox's "MADtv" for one season. While studying with improv troupe The Groundlings in Los Angeles, Killam made guest appearances on a handful of comedy and variety series, including "All That" (Nickelodeon 1994-2005) and its spinoff, the Amanda Bynes vehicle "The Amanda Show" (Nickelodeon 1999-2002). He also had a small part in the Ashton Kutcher romantic comedy "Just Married" (2003).
In 2005, Killam had a key role in a fascinating TV misfire called "Nobody's Watching." Created by writer/producer Bill Lawrence, the show was conceived as a meta-sitcom, in which two TV-obsessed young men, Derrick (Killam) and Will (Paul Campbell) are followed by a reality-TV camera crew as they try to write and produce their own sitcom. A pilot was produced for The WB, but the network declined after focus groups reacted negatively. But when the show appeared on YouTube the following year, it found enough fans to get a series of web-only episodes bankrolled by NBC in 2006-07. As part of the ongoing conceit of the series, Killam and Campbell appeared in character as background actors on a number of NBC series during this period, including "Days of Our Lives" (NBC 1965- ) and Lawrence's own "Scrubs" (NBC 2001-08 / ABC 2009-2010).
Killam returned to sketch comedy as a cast member on the improv show "Nick Cannon Presents: Wild 'N Out" (MTV 2005-07) and its more conventional sketch-based spinoff "Nick Cannon Presents: Short Circuitz" (MTV 2007). In 2006, Killam began an occasional recurring role on the sitcom "How I Met Your Mother" (CBS 2005-2014) as Blauman, an obnoxious co-worker of Barney (Neil Patrick Harris). While working on that show, Killam met and began dating actress Cobie Smulders, who played the leading role of Robin Scherbatsky. The couple had a daughter, Shaelyn Cado Killam, in 2009, and got married in 2012.
In 2010, Killam joined the cast of "Saturday Night Live" as a featured player alongside fellow new faces Vanessa Bayer, Paul Brittan and Jay Pharoah. Killam's boyish charisma made him an immediate standout among the new cast members. He proved adept at celebrity impersonations (including a dead-on skewering of Michael Cera's twee mannerisms in co-star Abby Elliott's recurring sketch "Gettin' Quirky With Zooey Deschanel"), and his original material had an oddball charm of its own. For example, his nearly wordless recurring sketch "Les Jeunes de Paris" consisted of cast members dancing madly to French pop songs on a set decorated like a nouvelle vague film of the early 1960s. Killam was promoted to the show's main cast at the start of the 38th season in 2012. The following year, Killam got his first major film role, as a disgruntled DEA agent in the Sandra Bullock/Melissa McCarthy buddy comedy "The Heat" (2013).
|Amanda Bynes||Companion||Dated from 2002-03; No longer together|
|Shaelyn Killam||Daughter||Born May 14, 2009; mother, Cobie Smulders|
|Cobie Smulders||Wife||Engaged January 2010; Married Sept. 8, 2012|
|Killam was a member of the Los Angeles-based improvisational and sketch comedy troupe The Groundlings.|
|During a late-night writing session for SNL, Killam decided to recreate the video for "Call Your Girlfriend" by that week's musical guest, Robyn, in the writer's room; the iPhone video of Killam's dance routine quickly went viral.|
|A 2012 video sketch starring Killam and Kenan Thompson, "Mokiki and the Sloppy Swish," was the first SNL music video to go viral after the departure of The Lonely Island the season before.|
|Killam is the only actor to be in the main cast of both "MADtv" and "Saturday Night Live"; "MADtv" star Jeff Richards had been an SNL featured player, but left the show before he graduated to the main cast.|
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