A native of Highland Park, Illinois, Brett Gelman earned a drama degree from University of North Carolina School of the Arts before heading east to New York. While in New York he discovered the Upright Citizens Brigade and spent eight years developing his comedic oeuvre, eventually grabbing the attention of Funny or Die and the website’s co-founder Will Ferrell, with his performance art parody “One Thousand Cats.”
Migrating to L.A. in 2008, Gelman has since been in high demand. He has appeared on a breadth of other TV series including those for HBO (“Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Bored to Death,” “Funny or Die Presents”), NBC (“The Office”), IFC (“Comedy Bang! Bang!”), Comedy Central (“The Kroll Show”), CBS (“BadTeacher”), MTV (“The Inbetweeners”) and FX (“The League”), among other broadcast and cable networks. His diverse work in feature film has included roles in the independent comedy Awful Nice, the 2013 biography Jobs, the recent indie comedy Someone Marry Barry, the comedy romance Watching the Detectives, and the Columbia-distributed comedies The Other Guys and 30 Minutes or Less. A staple in the sphere of digital entertainment, Brett regularly contributed his writing and performing skills to Funny or Die, making celebrities uncomfortable as host of his series “Mr. Celebrity,” among other pieces.
Currently, Brett Gelman makes frequent appearances on the Comedy Bang Bang podcast as well as his own, Gelmania.