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Rob Riggle
Riggle in August 2008
Born Robert Allen Riggle, Jr.[1]
April 21, 1970(1970-04-21) (age 52)
Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.
Occupation Actor, comedian, U.S. Marine
Years active 1998–present
Military career
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Marine Corps Reserve
Rank Lieutenant colonel
Battles/wars Kosovo War
War in Afghanistan (2001–2021)
Awards Combat Action Ribbon

Robert Allen "Rob" Riggle, Jr. (born April 21, 1970) is an American actor, comedian and retired United States Marine Corps Reserve officer. He is best known for his work as a correspondent on Comedy Central's The Daily Show from 2006 to 2008, as a cast member on Saturday Night Live from 2004–2005, and for his comedic roles in films such as The Hangover, The Other Guys, The Lorax, 21 Jump Street, The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard, and Step Brothers. As of 2011, he has co-starred in the Adult Swim comedy-action series NTSF:SD:SUV::. Beginning in September 2012, Riggle replaced Frank Caliendo for the comedy skit and prognostication portions of Fox NFL Sunday.

Early life

Riggle was born in Louisville, Kentucky, the son of Sandra Sue (née Hargis) and Robert Allen Riggle.[2][3] He was raised in Overland Park, Kansas,[4][5] where he attended Shawnee Mission South High School. He later graduated from the University of Kansas, in 1992, with a B.A. in Theater and Film, whilst also attained his pilot's license, and is a member of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity.[5] He went on to earn a Master of Public Administration degree from Webster University in 1997.

Military career

Riggle is a Lieutenant Colonel[6] in the United States Marine Corps Reserve and served in Liberia, Kosovo, and Afghanistan. He is a public affairs officer with the New York City Public Affairs unit and is a recipient of the Combat Action Ribbon.[7] Riggle joined the Marines in 1990 after getting his pilot's license, intending to become a Naval Aviator, but left flight school in order to pursue his comedy career.[8] He has referred to his military experiences on The Daily Show, often when acting as the show's "Military Analyst", publicly stating he could kill any other member of the show.[9]

In August 2007, Riggle went to Iraq to report for The Daily Show as well as to entertain the troops under the purview of the USO.[10]

On January 1, 2013 Riggle announced, via his Facebook page and on an interview on Rove LA, that he had retired from the Marine Corps after 23 years of service.

Comedy career

Comedy partnership with Rob Huebel

He has a long-standing comedic partnership with comedian Rob Huebel with whom he frequently works with at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater (UCBT) and in their former improvisational sketch comedy troupe Respecto Montalban. Perhaps the duo's best known creation was their long running two-man show Kung Fu Grip which they often performed at UCBT and other comedy venues for many years. The show was one of the featured acts in the 2004 HBO Comedy Arts Festival. Around this time they began appearing together in several of Comedy Central and VH1's talking head commentary programs such as Best Week Ever and A2Z. They also appeared in Bravo network's 100 Scariest Movie Moments special in 2004. These appearances got the duo their first mainstream exposure to television viewers. The two were instant fan favorites among regular viewers of the VH1 commentary programs. Riggle, Huebel and most of their fellow castmates from Respecto Montalban also performed regularly in comedic sketches on Late Night with Conan O'Brien throughout the late 1990s and early 2000s (decade).

The duo's growing popularity landed them an audition on Saturday Night Live in the summer of 2004. They auditioned together, though only Riggle ended up making the cut. After spending one season on Saturday Night Live from 2004–2005, Riggle soon joined Huebel and many of his other Respecto Montalban castmates in Los Angeles to work on new projects. Soon after, the two landed a holding deal at NBC in early 2006 to develop a new half-hour comedy program for the network, though nothing has come of it since then.

In September 2006, Riggle joined The Daily Show as a regular correspondent. Around the same time Huebel (along with Respecto Montalban member Paul Scheer and stand-up comic Aziz Ansari) started developing Human Giant, a sketch show for MTV. Riggle would often appear in the program's various sketches, as well as in the show's 24-hour live marathon which aired on MTV in May 2007. One of Riggle's most memorable guest appearances was as hired muscle, Ham-Bone, who appeared alongside Aziz Ansari in the season one sketch "Clell Tickle: Indie Marketing Guru". Riggle and Huebel can also be seen performing a sketch together on stage at the UCBT in Doug Benson's documentary Super High Me.

Saturday Night Live

A featured player during the 2004–2005 season, his first appearance as a cast member was on the show's thirtieth season premiere on October 2, 2004. He has portrayed Larry the Cable Guy, Howard Dean, Rick Sanchez, Mark McGwire, and Toby Keith, and had a one-shot character named Leviticus, a loud, violent street preacher who only appeared on a Weekend Update segment on the Christmas episode hosted by Robert De Niro (another sketch featuring Leviticus was scheduled to air on the episode hosted by Hilary Swank, but that sketch was cut after dress rehearsal).

Prior to being hired as a cast member, Riggle also appeared in a non-speaking role in the previous season (season 29) in a pre-taped parody of Fear Factor. Riggle played the father of one of the child contestants during the "Breakfast in Bed" challenge in which a child must eat the maggots off a plate of Eggs Benedict or his parents will divorce.

The Daily Show

In September 2006, he joined the cast of The Daily Show to replace the departing Rob Corddry. Riggle made his debut on The Daily Show on September 20, 2006.

During the 2008 Olympics, Riggle traveled to China to tape sketches for The Daily Show, producing a four-part special feature titled "Rob Riggle: Chasing the Dragon."[11]

Riggle left The Daily Show on December 10, 2008, in his words "to go fight crime"; however, he appeared at Bonnaroo 2009 - along with John Oliver and Rory Albanese, one of the show's executive producers - in a show entitled An Evening (or Afternoon) with The Daily Show featuring John Oliver, Rob Riggle & Rory Albanese.

On August 3, 2010, Riggle made a surprise cameo on The Daily Show during an interview with Will Ferrell.[12] While Ferrell and Stewart began discussing Riggle's "lack of talent" and making other disparaging remarks about him, Riggle suddenly walked onto the set to surprise them and asks if they were talking about him. Riggle's intimidating presence appears to make Ferrell and Stewart visibly afraid, continuing the running-joke that Stewart is very afraid of Riggle.

Stand-up comedy

Previously, Riggle's live comedy work was mostly improvisational and sketch based, but beginning in 2006 he wanted to try something different and decided to work on creating a stand-up comedy act. After working on his act around various comedy clubs throughout New York City, he later began touring colleges and other local comedy clubs, often performing in stand-up shows with John Oliver and other writers from The Daily Show. Riggle credits John Oliver for first encouraging him to try stand-up while they shared an office together at The Daily Show.[13]

Riggle hosted an episode of Comedy Central's stand-up series Live at Gotham on December 4, 2009. He also taped a Comedy Central Presents special that aired on March 5, 2010.

Other work

Riggle played the character of Eddie Reynolds in Blackballed: The Bobby Dukes Story, a 2004 film starring Rob Corddry as the lead character, and featuring almost all of the Respecto Montalban group. Later that year Riggle was one of the "Flab Four" on the Comedy Central mini-series Straight Plan for the Gay Man, a parody of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy that ran for three episodes.

In 2006, Riggle guest-starred as a boat captain named Captain Jack on the "Booze Cruise" episode of The Office, and as an anti-euthanasia activist on Arrested Development. He was also seen as a NASCAR announcer in Talladega Nights with Will Ferrell.

In late 2007, Riggle began appearing as a spokesman in a series of Budweiser commercials. The year 2008 saw Riggle sign a talent holding contract with CBS and CBS Paramount Network TV, which includes a development deal to create and star in a half-hour comedy series.[14] In addition he gained a supporting role in Step Brothers, in which he plays a rude co-worker of Brennan (Will Ferrell). He had memorable supporting roles in the 2009 films The Hangover and The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard. Riggle also had supporting roles in the 2010 comedies Going the Distance, Killers, and The Other Guys.

In 2009, Riggle started a recurring role on the CBS sitcom Gary Unmarried. Riggle played the role of Mitch, Jay Mohr's brother from the Marines.

In 2010, Riggle and comedian Paul Scheer wrote and starred together in a series of sketches called "Designated Driver" for the first season of the HBO sketch comedy program Funny or Die Presents. Riggle, Scheer and Rob Huebel wrote and starred in a new series of sketches called "Death Hunt", which appeared on the show's second season in 2011.

For the 2010-2011 NFL football season, Riggle recorded a Monday Night Football introduction and several short comedy bits for the Kansas City Chiefs to be played at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.

Riggle played the lead in 2011 CBS sitcom pilot "Home Game", executive produced by Mark Wahlberg.

Riggle is seen in stadium monitors at Qwest Field during Seahawks games encouraging fans to cheer.

In May 2011, Riggle appeared in a 2-minute short on as the U.S. Navy SEAL who killed Osama bin Laden.[15] Riggle plays a humble US Navy Lieutenant (though the insignia on his uniform displays three solid gold bands, indicating the O-5 rank of Commander) who, upon being awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, pledges absolute discretion—only to get intoxicated at a local bar and boast unreservedly to a large crowd that he was bin Laden's assailant.

Since 2011, Riggle has co-starred as "The President of the Navy" in the Adult Swim comedy-action series NTSF:SD:SUV::.

In April 2012, Riggle was announced as the upcoming host of the 2012 ESPY Awards on ESPN. The show aired on July 11, 2012.

In 2012, Riggle had a recurring role as "Kevin Jesquire", in season two of the FX comedy series Wilfred.

Fox NFL Sunday

Beginning with the 19th season premiere of the Fox NFL Sunday pre-game show on September 9, 2012, Riggle took over the comedy skit and prognosticator portions of the show previously performed by Frank Caliendo from 2003–2011.[16]



Year Title Role Notes
2003 Pushing Tom Bob
2004 Blackballed: The Bobby Dukes Story Eddie Reynolds
2004 Terrorists Badger
2006 Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby Jack Telmont
2006 Unaccompanied Minors Head Guard Hoffman
2007 Super High Me Himself
2007 Wild Girls Gone
2008 Step Brothers Randy
2009 The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard Peter Selleck
2009 The Hangover Officer Franklin
2009 May the Best Man Win John Freeman
2010 Furry Vengeance Riggs
2010 Going the Distance Ron
2010 Killers Henry
2010 The Other Guys Martin
2011 High Road James Malone Sr.
2011 Larry Crowne Jack Strang
2012 Big Miracle Dean Glowacki
2012 Nature Calls Gentry
2012 21 Jump Street Mr. Walters
2012 The Lorax Aloysious O'Hare Voice
2013 The Internship Randy
2014 Just Before I Go Post-Production
2014 Let's Be Cops TBA Post-Production
2014 22 Jump Street Mr. Walters
2015 Absolutely Anything


Year Title Role Notes
1998–2004 Late Night with Conan O'Brien Various Characters Several episodes
1998–2000 Upright Citizens Brigade Various Characters Five episodes
2004 Straight Plan for the Gay Man Rob: Culture Guy Three episodes
2004 Chappelle's Show Debt Consolidation Pop-Up Single episode
2004–2005 Saturday Night Live Cast Member 20 episodes
2005–2006 Love, Inc. Major Curtis Two episodes
2006–2008 The Daily Show Correspondent Several episodes
2006 The Office Captain Jack Single episode
2006 Arrested Development Congressman John Van Huesen Single episode
2006–2007 Campus Ladies Glen Two episodes
2007 Family Values Theo Gladdings Sitcom Pilot
2007–2008 Human Giant Various Characters Several episodes
2007–2008 Bronx World Travelers Coach Two episodes
2009–2010 Gary Unmarried Mitch Seven episodes
2009–2010 American Dad! Various Voices Four episodes
2010 Chuck Jim Rye Single episode
2010 The Cleveland Show Chet Butler Single episode
2010 Comedy Central Presents Himself Single episode
2010 Glenn Martin DDS Duke Single episode
2010 Team Spitz Jeff Spitz CBS Sitcom Pilot
2010–2011 Funny or Die Presents Various Characters Several episodes
2011 30 Rock Reggie Single episode
2011 Childrens Hospital Dr. Brock Stryker Single episode
2011 Happy Endings Drew Single episode
2011 Home Game Joe Allen CBS Sitcom Pilot
2011 Ugly Americans Drill Sergeant Single episode
2011–2012 NTSF:SD:SUV:: President of the Navy Several episodes
2012 Victorious Vice Principal of Hollywood Arts Episode: "The Breakfast Bunch"
2012 World Series of Dating Host Several episodes
2012 Wilfred Kevin Jesquire Several episodes
2012 Fox NFL Sunday Self First appearance on September 9, 2012
2012 New Girl Big Schmidt Episode: "Parents"
2013 Hollywood Game Night Himself Episode: "Don't Kill My Buzz-er"
2013 Drunk History J. Edgar Hoover Episode: Atlanta
2013 Modern Family Gil Thorpe Episodes: "Flip Flop", "Career Day"


  1. According to the State of Kentucky. Kentucky Birth Index, 1911-1999. Searchable at
  4. "Kansans of the Year: Rob Riggle". Topeka Capital-Journal. 2008-12-28. Retrieved 2009-05-31. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 Stangler, McKay (2007-03-05). "Sh*ts and Riggles". Retrieved 2009-05-31. 
  6. "Military Gig Is No Joke For 'Daily Show' Funnyman". NPR. 2009-05-24. Retrieved 2009-11-28. 
  7. Roth Talent Associates: Rob Riggle
  8. "Portrait & Profile: LtCol Rob Riggle". Portrait and Profile. Marines Magazine. December 14, 2009. pp. 12–13. Retrieved 1 April 2010. 
  9. "Bush's New Plan". Retrieved 2009-11-28. 
  11. Bauder, David (2008-08-10). "Rob Riggle's off the hook in China". 
  12. "August 3, 2010 - Daily Show: Will Ferrell". The Daily Show. 2010-08-03. Retrieved 2012-03-22. 
  13. November 12, 2010 (2010-11-12). "Rob Riggle and his new beard guest-star on Monday’s ‘Chuck’ episode". Retrieved 2012-03-22. 
  14. Schneider, Michael (2008-10-19). "'Daily Show's' Riggle moves to CBS". Variety. Retrieved 2009-11-28. 
  16. "Rob Riggle set to replace Frank Caliendo on Fox NFL pregame". USA Today. 2012-08-27. Retrieved 2012-09-23. 

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