Edward "Ed" Helms (born January 24, 1974) is an American actor and comedian known for his work as a writer-performer on the Comedy Central satiric news program The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, as Andrew "Andy" Bernard on the U.S. version of the situation comedy The Office and as Stu Price in the film The Hangover.
Ed Helms was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia where he graduated from The Westminster Schools in 1992. After attending Oberlin College, he began his comedy and acting career as a writer and performer with New York City sketch comedy bands, and studied improvisation with the Upright Citizens Brigade troupe.
Helms concurrently worked as a trainee film editor at a post-production facility. While doing so, he recorded some rough voiceover "scratch tracks" that eventually led to paying voiceover work, which in turn led to finding a talent agent.
Helms was performing standup comedy in New York City when, he recalled in a 2005 interview, "The Daily Show had a sort of open audition with a casting company that I had dealt with. I read for the part, and got it". In his April 2002 to mid-2006 tenure on the satirical news program, Helms contributed "field reports" in addition to