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Hometown... Santa Cruz, California
Claims to Fame... His role as Derek from Step Brothers and the beloved Ben Wyatt in Parks and Recreation
Seen Lately... Black Mass, Krampus, and coming in 2017, the HBO series Big Little Lies with Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon
But Did You Know... One of his first movie roles came in Hellraiser: Bloodline
Hometown... Lasker, North Carolina
Claims to Fame... Lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist for the rock band Daughtry, finalist on American Idol
Seen Lately... Starring as Judas Iscariot on Fox’s The Passion
But Did You Know... Daughtry is also a comic-book artist and drew a cover for D.C. Comic’s Batman earlier this year
Hometown... Blue Springs, Missouri
Claims to Fame... American Idol winner, platinum recording artist
Seen Lately... Releasing his fourth studio album, Digital Vein
But Did You Know... Cook earned his degree in graphic design from the University of Central Missouri in nearby Warrensburg
Hometown... Chicago, Illinois
Claims to Fame... Norm Peterson on Cheers, of course, plus everything from Saturday Night Live to Fletch to Seinfeld to The Simpsons to Portlandia
Seen Lately... The TBS series Clipped, and reprising his role as Tracy Turnblad’s dad in a Baltimore Symphony Orchestra presentation of Hairspray
But Did You Know... Wendt graduated from Kansas City’s Rockhurst College with a B.A. in economics
Hometown... Los Angeles, California
Claims to Fame... Seeing dead people in The Sixth Sense, among many other film roles
Seen Lately... Comedy Central’s Drunk History, the film version of HBO’s Entourage, the upcoming Kevin Smith horror flick, Yoga Hosers
But Did You Know... Osment is obsessed with lizards, and owns a gecko named Pete
Hometown... Sterling, Virginia
Claims to Fame... Portraying Peyton Sawyer on the WB’s One Tree Hill, and playing herself as co-host of MTV’s Total Request Live
Seen Lately... On ABC’s drama Forever, HBO’s Togetherness, and in a recurring role on CBS’s Extant
But Did You Know... Burton has a cat named Poe, after Edgar Allen Poe
Hometown... New York City
Claims to Fame... Devoted husband and loving father Andy Torres on Cougar Town
Seen Lately... Guesting on ABC’s The Real O’Neals, and reprising the role of Mike in My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2
But Did You Know... Gomez was the basis for the “Ian Miller” character in My Big Fat Greek Wedding, written by his real-life wife (and Big Slick alum) Nia Vardalos
Hometown... Stillwater, Oklahoma
Claims to Fame... Scott Summers/Cyclops in the X-Men movie franchise, plus featured roles in Superman Returns, Enchanted, Hairspray, Lee Daniels’ The Butler and Anchorman 2
Seen Lately... The upcoming HBO series Westworld, as well as lending his voice to the animated comedy Henchmen
But Did You Know... Marsden has been nominated for a Grammy—for his contribution to the Hairspray soundtrack as Corny Collins
Hometown... Cheshire, Connecticut
Claims to Fame... Dawson in Dawson’s Creek, plus big-screen bonanzas in Varsity Blues, The Rules of Attraction and other films
Seen Lately... CBS’s CSI: Cyber, the Funny or Die short Indiana Home Shopping
But Did You Know... At Drew University, Van Der Beek was a member of the all-male a capella group 36 Madison Avenue
Hometown... Seattle, Washington
Claims to Fame... His memorable turn as Denny Duquette in Grey’s Anatomy, and The Comedian in the superhero comic flick Watchmen
Seen Lately... Notable appearances on CBS’s The Good Wife, AMC’s The Walking Dead and on the big screen in Batman vs. Superman
But Did You Know... Morgan owns a farm in upstate New York with alpacas and a llama named Wally Llama
Hometown... Brookline, Massachusetts
Claims to Fame... The Daily Show with Jon Stewart’s resident expert, the personification of a PC in Apple’s “Get a Mac” ad campaign, the author of The Areas of My Expertise and other books of high-brow humor
Seen Lately... Standout supporting roles in Cinemax’s The Knick, NBC's Blindspot and FX's Married, as well as Pitch Perfect 2
But Did You Know... Hodgman earned a degree in literature from Yale and first worked as a literary agent representing best-selling authors
Hometown... Lexington, Kentucky
Claims to Fame... Grayson Ellis, Courtney Cox’s neighbor and then hubby on Cougar Town
Seen Lately... As FBI agent Liam O’Connor on ABC’s Quantico
But Did You Know... Hopkins is an amateur musician who once performed at Lollapalooza (accompanied by James Marsden)
Hometown... Detroit, Michigan
Claims to Fame... Standout roles on Arrested Development, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, FX's Married and animated series Archer, among dozens of series and films
Seen Lately... The big-screen blockbusters Ant-Man and Jurassic World
But Did You Know... In 2014, Greer published her first book, I Don't Know What You Know Me From: Confessions of a Co-Star
Hometown... San Francisco, California
Claims to Fame... Roles in films like The Usual Suspects, A Few Good Men and Avalon plus stand-up comedy that includes dead-on impressions of Christopher Walken, Robert De Niro and William Shatner
Seen Lately... The new satirical Netflix film Special Correspondents, and hosting Kevin Pollak’s Chat Show online
But Did You Know... Pollak is an avid poker player, hosting a regular game well-attended by his celebrity pals
Hometown... Bossier City, Louisiana
Claims to Fame... Major roles on Mad Men, Desperate Housewives and Judging Amy
Seen Lately... As a featured player on CBS’s Madam Secretary and a regular on the upcoming Fox series Lethal Weapon
But Did You Know... As a student at BYU, Rahm won the Irene Ryan Award for best college actor
Hometown... ---
Claims to Fame... Editor-in-Chief of Funny or Die, producer of Comedy Central’s Drunk History, as well as guest spots on Key & Peele, Parks and Recreation, and other comedies
Seen Lately... Producing The Chris Gethard Show on Fusion, plus the viral hit Donald Trump’s The Art of the Deal: The Movie
But Did You Know... Burke is a former artistic director of the Upright Citizens Brigade in New York City
Hometown... New York City
Claims to Fame... Creator of “TV Funhouse” cartoon shorts on Saturday Night Live, the puppeteer and voice behind Triumph, the Insult Comic Dog
Seen Lately... Comic cameos on Louie and The Jim Gaffigan Show, as well as character voices in Hotel Transylvania 2, which he also co-wrote and executive produced
But Did You Know... Smigel discovered his original Triumph puppet in the back of a store while he and his wife were shopping for furniture
Hometown... Chicago, Illinois / Fort Lee, New Jersey
Claims to Fame... Freaks and Geeks, Entourage, Lost, Modern Family, Wet Hot American Summer, Inglourious Basterds
Seen Lately... Co-hosting Kevin Pollak’s Chat Show, returning as the voice of Arty for Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp, a guest spot on Disney’s K.C. Undercover
But Did You Know... Levine performed stand- up at his own bar mitzvah before taking his act to New York comedy clubs while he was still under age
Hometown... Princeton, New Jersey
Claims to Fame... Stalwart of the New York comedy scene, roles in films such as Prime, Role Models, and The Baxter
Seen Lately... As warm-up comic and regular sketch player on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon
But Did You Know... Herzog’s signature move is the Wonder Woman Dance, which he performed regularly (in costume) at the Slipper Room in NYC
Hometown... Ottumwa, Iowa
Claims to Fame... Starring alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger in True Lies, the TV show Roseanne and hosting The Best Damn Sports Show Period for Fox Sports
Seen Lately... Guest appearances on Comedy Central’s Workaholics, and recurring cameos on Netflix’s Trailer Park Boys
But Did You Know... One of Arnold’s first jobs was at a meatpacking plant, from which he was fired
Hometown... Moraga, California
Claims to Fame... A decade in the cast of Saturday Night Live, then took MacGruber to the big screen, plus his acclaimed dramatic role in Nebraska
Seen Lately... Starring in Fox’s The Last Man on Earth, which he also created, and popping up in the new comedy Pop Star: Never Stop Never Stopping
But Did You Know... Forte started a career as a financial broker, before quitting to take improv classes