You might not guess that ED HELMS hails from Atlanta. Helms has specialized in the kind of swaggering false confidence that seems to define this countrys modern media, only carried to comic extremes. You imagine Helms-like characters as being cloned in factories to be Americas middle managers and cable-news pundits, and not actually coming from real hometowns. Whether playing pugnacious dimwit Andy Bernard as a regular on NBCs hit sitcom The Office or practicing fake journalism on The Daily Show and as Ed Carson in Evan Almighty, Helms perfectly captures our own worst instincts with unerring humor. Every time he breaks into a piercing rendition of, say, Closer to Fine or Zombie, he does us proud.
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