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Dan Bakkedahl : biography

November 18, 1969 -

Dan Bakkedahl (born November 18, 1969) is an American actor and improvisational comedian from Chicago's Second City. He is best known for his work as a correspondent on The Daily Show from 2005 to 2007 and currently for co-starring as Steve Nugent in the FX comedy series Legit and his recurring role as Congressman Furlong on the HBO series Veep.

Life and career

Bakkedahl was born in Rochester, Minnesota, and was raised in Stuart, Florida. He is of part Norwegian descent. Bakkedahl attended St. Cloud State University in Minnesota, before completing his studies at Florida State University, where he was a member of the Chi Phi Fraternity.

After college, Bakkedahl toured for a year with the Repertory Theater of America. After moving to Chicago, he made a name for himself at the Improv Olympic performing in the influential two-man improv show with his teacher Miles Stroth. Dan went on to perform at the Second City mainstage, eventually writing “Doors Open on the Right,” Second City’s 90th Revue. In Chicago, he is often noted for having left the Second City mainstage due to artistic differences.

Bakkedahl continues to perform regularly at comedy venues such as the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, Magnet Theater, Second City and Improv Comedy Lab in Los Angeles. He is also a member of the advisory council of the California Shakespeare Theater..

Bakkedahl's first major television work was on Comedy Central's The Daily Show where he served as a correspondent from 2005 to 2007. After leaving The Daily Show in 2007, he has since moved to Los Angeles and went on to have supporting roles in the films such as Observe and Report, The Heat, and This Is 40. He also appeared in the Snake 'N Bacon animated special on Adult Swim, which aired on May 10, 2009. In early 2010, he co-starred in the comedy pilot "Our Show" on NBC.

From 2010 through 2011, Bakkedahl appeared in a series of commercials for T-Mobile cellular phones, where he plays a human likeness of AT&T's 3G network.

Bakkedahl has made guest appearances on shows such as 30 Rock, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Newsreaders, and The United States of Tara, as well as appearing in recurring roles as "Murray the A/C Repairman" in season three of Community and currently as Congressman Furlong on Veep.

Bakkedahl currently stars alongside Jim Jeffries and DJ Qualls in the FX comedy series Legit, which premiered on January 17, 2013.

Filmography

Film

Year Film Role Notes
2005 Dan Bakkedahl
2007 Crazy Caller
2008 Rick Sleevning short
2009 Observe and Report Mark
2012 This Is 40 Dentist
2013 The|Heat|The Heat (film)}} Albino DEA Agent Craig

Television

Year Title Role Notes
2007 Law & Order Tony Bicks Episode:Remains of the Day
2007 30 Rock Angry Father Episode:The Fighting Irish
2007 Flight of the Conchords Waiter Episode:The Actor
2008 The Return of Jezebel James Darryl Episode:Needles and Schlag
2009 The Office Roger Prince, Jr. Episode:Prince Family Paper
2009 Dollhouse General Store Proprietor Episode:True Believer
2009 Snake 'n' Bacon Homicide Detective Animation
2012 The Author Episode:Dirty Jobs and Enemies of the State
2013 Legit Steve Nugent Completed
2013 Veep (TV series) Roger Furlong Completed

Voice acting

Year Title Role Notes
2005 Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks Additional Voices (voice: English version) Video game
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