Taran Killam

American actor and comedian Taran Killam

Taran Hourie Killam is an American actor and comedian best known for his television work on shows such as The Amanda Show, Scrubs, Wild 'N Out, MADtv, How I Met Your Mother, Stuck in the Suburbs and currently on Saturday Night Live.
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Taran Killam Says 'There Was Never Any Common Ground' When Trump Hosted 'SNL'
NPR - 4 months
In November 2015, candidate Donald Trump drew protesters to NBC's New York studio. Saturday Night Live alum Taran Killam says, "We could hear the protests during our table read." (Image credit: Phillip Faraone/Getty Images)
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Two 'Saturday Night Live' Writers Muse On The Show's Polarizing Political Comedy
Huffington Post - 9 months
Having just concluded a season that produced banner ratings, “Saturday Night Live” remains a political firebrand unlike any other institution. Forty-two years into its existence, the sketch-comedy staple has benefitted from the divisive election of Donald Trump, even after the show’s controversial choice to have him host an episode mid-campaign.  Of course, current-events fodder has always been a key part of the “SNL” brand. What’s changed is the speed at which news travels and the country’s temperament toward establishments of power. Two writers ―Tim Herlihy (1993-2000) and Bryan Tucker (2005-present) ― are scheduled to discuss the staff’s creative process during a panel at this week’s Greenwich International Film Festival. Ahead of the event, HuffPost hopped on the phone with each to reflect on their tenures at the show and what it was like to write during different presidential elections. Below are the highlights, edited for length and clarity. On approaching a comparati...
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Jay Pharoah Says 'Saturday Night Live' Cast Members Told Him He Was Underutilized
Huffington Post - 10 months
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Cobie Smulders Says Training For A Tom Cruise Movie Is Tougher Than Giving Birth
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Cobie Smulders may not have played “the mother” on “How I Met Your Mother,” but in reality, she is one. Though it’s a tough job being a parent, the actress recently found something that’s equally, if not more, challenging: being in a Tom Cruise movie. “It was the most physically demanding thing I ever had to do in my life, and I’ve given birth twice if that’s saying anything,” said Smulders when talking about training for “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back.” Smulders plays Major Susan Turner in the film, and she wanted to live up to what actual women have to do to earn that position. “It’s one of those things I look back on, and I trained so hard for that because it’s really important to me to portray this woman in a realistic way. The real women who decide to enlist to work their way up in the ranks to become a Major in the United States Army are some freakin’ tough broads.” Smulders knows something about being a “tough broad” herself. She prepared for the movie while also ca...
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Taran Killam's 'Hamilton' Look Is Giving Us Major Jebidiah Atkinson Vibes
Huffington Post - about 1 year
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A Word With: Taran Killam Assumes the Throne in ‘Hamilton’
NYTimes - about 1 year
Post-“S.N.L.,” Mr. Killam is ready to become the perfectly blustery British monarch on Broadway.
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'Love Is Love' Comic Anthology Honors, Mourns Pulse Nightclub Victims
Huffington Post - about 1 year
There’s no real answer as to why someone would walk into a gay nightclub and viciously slaughter 49 innocent people. There is an answer, however, as to how to react to such visceral violence: love. That’s what Love Is Love, a new comic anthology released Dec. 28 and put together by indie comic publisher IDW in collaboration with DC Comics, sets out to remind readers. The anthology, an ambitious undertaking that includes more than 300 writers and illustrators, is both a tribute to the victims of last year’s Pulse nightclub shooting in Florida ― the worst mass shooting in U.S. history ― and a therapeutic outlet for those living in its aftermath. The 144-page comic offers vignettes ranging from personal essays and poems sharing grief, to more lighthearted strips reminding readers that being in the LGBTQ community is something worth celebrating. In one comic, writer Teddy Tenebaum makes the case that LGBTQ love is in fact different from straight love ― not because it’s less tha...
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WATCH: 'SNL' Alum Taran Killam to Join Cast of 'Hamilton'
ABC News - about 1 year
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Taran Killam: 'Rural equals stupid'
Fox News - over 1 year
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Watch Alec Baldwin Become Donald Trump In Behind-The-Scenes 'SNL' Video
Huffington Post - over 1 year
It takes a lot of work to make Alec Baldwin look that orange.  The unsung heroes of this election season are undoubtedly the “Saturday Night Live” hair and makeup teams, who tirelessly toil away to transform the cast into politicians ripe for skewering.  In a new behind-the-scenes video, the heads of the hair and makeup departments, Jodi Mancuso and Louie Zakarian, explain exactly what it takes to bring Baldwin’s Donald Trump and Kate McKinnon’s Hillary Clinton to life every Saturday night.  “SNL” has tackled Trump before ― former cast members Darrell Hammond and Taran Killam have played the GOP nominee ― but Baldwin apparently wanted to take the character’s appearance in a bolder direction given the current political climate.  “Alec really wanted to go over the top,” Zakarian says in the video. “He wanted crazy huge eyebrows ... he wanted to be painted orange, like bright orange.” McKinnon’s transformation into Clinton presented different challenges for the crew, who...
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New 'Saturday Night Live' Hire Melissa Villaseñor Goes On Offensive-Tweet-Deleting Spree
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Note to all the potentially famous people of the world: tweet purge before anyone cares enough to pay attention. Or maybe just keep your problematic thoughts in the draft folder, OK?  On the heels of kicking regulars Taran Killam, Jay Pharoah and Jon Rudnitsky to the curb, “Saturday Night Live” hired a trio of featured players this month for its 42nd season, including the show’s first-ever Latina cast member, Melissa Villaseñor, a comedian and impressionist hailing from Whittier, California.  Weeks after Villaseñor’s hire was praised as a step in the right direction for the historically white late-night sketch series, a collection of offensive tweets surfaced this week that have many worried about the kind of “comedy” that might be in store for the upcoming season.  The tweets first came to light when savvy social media user Aura Bogado noticed that the number of Villaseñor’s tweets drastically decreased in a matter of days.  I'm excited about the first latina on SN...
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New 'Saturday Night Live' Hire Melissa Villaseñor Goes On Offensive-Tweet-Deleting Spree
The Huffington Post - over 1 year
Note to all the potentially famous people of the world: tweet purge before anyone cares enough to pay attention. Or maybe just keep your problematic thoughts in the draft folder, OK?  On the heels of kicking regulars Taran Killam, Jay Pharoah and Jon Rudnitsky to the curb, “Saturday Night Live” hired a trio of featured players this month for its 42nd season, including the show’s first-ever Latina cast member, Melissa Villaseñor, a comedian and impressionist hailing from Whittier, California.  More...
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Huzzah, 'Saturday Night Live' Adds First-Ever Latina Cast Member
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Here’s some good news: “Saturday Night Live” has added three new cast members, including the show’s first-ever Latina since its premiere in 1975. Comics Melissa Villaseñor and Alex Moffat will accompany former “SNL” writer Mikey Day as featured players in Season 42.  An impressionist from Whittier, California, who appeared on “America’s Got Talent” in Season 6, Villaseñor previously contributed to Màs Mejor, a comedy showcase for Latino talent under Lorne Michaels’ Broadway Video studio. She has been trying to join “SNL” for ages, stating in a recent interview with Bird that she auditioned for the show once before and “always send[s] them a tape every summer.” Wish granted. Joining her will be a couple of white dudes. Moffat, hailing from Illinois, was a regular at iO Chicago and The Annoyance Theater. Day, from California, joined “SNL” in Season 39 as a writer and also served as co-head-writer for the sketch show “Maya & Marty,” produced by Lorne Michaels.  The new cas...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Taran Killam
    THIRTIES
  • 2016
    Age 33
    Killam was let go from his SNL contract on August 8, 2016.
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  • 2015
    Age 32
    In 2015, Killam provided the voice of the titular character on the PBS Kids show Nature Cat, along with SNL alumni Kate McKinnon, Bobby Moynihan, and Kenan Thompson.
  • 2014
    Age 31
    Killam is also a fan of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise (Raphael in particular), and successfully lobbied for a cameo role in the 2014 film.
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  • 2013
    Age 30
    Killam appears in the 2013 Best Picture-winning film 12 Years a Slave, playing the role of Abram Hamilton, one of the kidnappers who brought the main character into slavery.
    In 2013, he ventured into the spy genre and the comics industry with The Illegitimates, a six-issue comics miniseries co-written by Marc Andreyko, illustrated by Kevin Sharpe and published by IDW Publishing.
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    Killam co-starred in the 2013 comedy film The Heat, starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 2012
    Age 29
    On November 10, 2012, Killam appeared (with Kenan Thompson) in a short video, "The Legend of Mokiki and the Sloppy Swish."
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    In 2012 he appeared in iCarly episode "I Meet The First Lady" as a Secret Service Agent.
  • 2011
    Age 28
    In 2011, Killam appeared in Community episode "Regional Holiday Music" as Mr. Radison (Mr. Rad), a parody of Will Schuester from Glee.
    In December 2011, Killam decided to replicate the Robyn video "Call Your Girlfriend" in a small writer's room and post it to YouTube.
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  • 2010
    Age 27
    On September 25, 2010, Killam joined the cast of Saturday Night Live for the 36th season, making him the second Nickelodeon veteran (after Kenan Thompson) to join SNL and the second SNL cast member who was previously a cast member on the sketch show MADtv (after Jeff Richards).
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  • 2009
    Age 26
    The first, Shaelyn Cado Killam, was born May 16, 2009; the second, whose name was not revealed, was born in January 2015.
    After several years of dating, Killam and Canadian actress Cobie Smulders became engaged in January 2009. They married on September 8, 2012, in Solvang, California.
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  • 2006
    Age 23
    Killam appeared as a contestant on the episode of The Price Is Right which aired on December 7, 2006.
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  • 2005
    Age 22
    In 2005, Killam co-starred in the television pilot Nobody's Watching, which never aired on network TV.
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  • 2004
    Age 21
    Killam co-starred in the 2004 Disney Channel Original Movie Stuck in the Suburbs.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 2001
    Age 18
    Killam joined the cast of MADtv as a featured player during its seventh season from 2001 to 2002.
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  • 2000
    Age 17
    Killam attended the University of California, Los Angeles for one year in 2000.
  • 1994
    Age 11
    In 1994, Killam made his first film appearance as an adolescent in Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insult.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1982
    Born
    Killam was born on April 1, 1982 in Culver City, California, and grew up in Big Bear Lake, California.
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