Ed Helms – It is a travesty that most people only know Ed Helms as Stu from the Hangover films. As a staunch fan of The Office (US), for me Helms has been one of the stand-out performers since his debut in season 3, as world class suck-up Andy Bernard. His character evolution, from his original, angry salesman who enjoys suckling from the power teat, to his relationship with nemesis-turned-ally Dwight, to his cowardly, don’t-rock-the-boat office nice guy fawning after the receptionist, Helms has developed his character seamlessly, becoming one of the most loved characters in the history of comedy television. (Did I also mention he went to Cornell?)
On top of all this, Helms is also one of the most technically gifted musicians I have ever seen, as well as having one of the greatest singing voices I have ever heard. It appears that he is one of those people who are infuriatingly good at everything they try their hand at, and I consider it a crime that he wasn’t given his breakthrough role sooner. I say to those who only recognise his roles in the Hangover, that yes you should enjoy him as Stu but I implore you to go back and watch him in The Office, where you will soon realise that Stu is just the tip of the iceberg. I’m incredibly happy with the success of the Hangover films as it means more people are being exposed to the phenomenon that is Ed Helms.