April 4, 1983
Boca Raton, Idaho, United States
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Eric André's brand of irreverent, off-beat humor was perfectly suited for the internet era. The New York Times described "The Eric André Show" (Adult Swim 2012-) as one of a few emerging "anti-talk shows", describing André's performance as "a reckless volatility bubbling up close to the surface." André was born on April 4, 1983 in Boca Raton, Florida to Jewish and Haitian parents. He was originally interested in becoming a musician, but he switched to acting and comedy when he was 22. He struggled as an actor and comedian during his younger years, taking a job as a Geico caveman at major events. He described the job as being a "high-end mascot." André made small appearances in shows such as "Curb Your Enthusiasm" (HBO 1999- ) and "The Big Bang Theory" (CBS 2007- ) before his big break came when he landed a co-starring role as hapless coffee shop manager Mark, boss and love interest to June (Dreama Walker) on the short-lived comedy "Don't Trust the B in Apartment 43" (ABC 2012-13). He next played an over-eager Google exec in the poorly-reviewed but high-profile comedy "The Internship" (2013). He shot and created "The Eric André Show" on a very low budget, and Adult Swim picked up the show to air in 2013. The show notably opens with André destroying the set, and it's shot to look like a public-access talk show. While it featured some real celebrities, such as Krysten Ritter of "Don't Trust the B" and Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz, the show's guests were more typically celebrity impersonators. In 2013, André began a recurring role on "2 Broke Girls" (CBS 2011-17), in which he played goofily endearing pastry chef-in-training Deke, the suitor of hard-bitten Max (Kat Dennings). After his story arc ended on that series, André costarred on cable comedy "Man Seeking Woman" (FXX 2015-17) and appeared in the comedies "Flock of Dudes (2016) and "Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping" (2016). André appeared in a supporting role in critically-maligned comedy "Rough Night" (2017) the following year, and served as executive producer on the comedy series "Mostly 4 Millennials" (Adult Swim 2018).