Jeff Hiller is an actor and comedian based in New York City and Los Angeles. Born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, Jeff is a graduate of Texas Lutheran University where he studied Theatre and Theology (it made sense at the time). After moving to New York, Jeff studied improv and sketch comedy at the UCB Theatre, performing with house teams “Police Chief Rumble” (ECNY award, Best Sketch Group), “Creep”, “The Scam”, and “People People”. He is a member of “Baby Wants Candy” performing fully improvised musicals from scratch, and has taught improvisation at the UCB Theatre training center. Jeff is currently appearing at the UCB in “Diamond Lion”, every Friday night at 11PM at the UCBT LA.
Jeff has appeared on television in “30Rock” (twice), “Ugly Betty”, “Starved” (as a gay whore!), “Guiding Light” (recurring as an annoying tailor), and “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” (before all that Tonight Show hullabaloo). Jeff has played crime solving computer geniuses on both “Law and Order: Criminal Intent and Psych (As Stan, he was grave, but as Dwayne, he was quirky!). He was a series regular on MTV’s prank show “Boiling Points” and on Fuse’s first scripted series, “The PA”, and was the voice of Nano, the teenage robot on “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”. He also sang an impromptu musical with Ann Curry and Improv Everywhere on NBC’s “Today Show”. At the movies, Jeff was a naked ghost annoying Ricky Gervais in “Ghost Town”, a snooty waiter to Hugh Dancy and Rose Byrne in “Adam”, and a second (not quite best) friend to Rachel McAdams in “Morning Glory”.
As a stage actor, Jeff has performed on Broadway and Off Broadway (at the Public Theatre) in “Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson” playing a dim John Quincy Adams among other roles. Off-Broadway credits include originating the role of the uptight and virginal class president in “The Awesome 80’s Prom”, as all of the characters you don’t remember from the movie in Silence!, the musical version of “Silence of the Lambs” and as an improviser with Broadway’s finest in “Don’t Quit Your Night Job!”. His regional credits include “Lil’ Abner” and the world premiere of “Jim Henson’s Emmett Otter’s Jugband Christmas” both at the Goodspeed Opera House. Jeff has done several new musicals including “Air Guitar: The Musical”, “Slut”, “The Children”(NYMF Individual Performance award), “Bernice Bobs her Mullet” and “Gem and the Holographs: A Truly Outrageous Parody”. At the UCB, Jeff has performed in “Showgirls: The Best Movie Ever Made. Ever”, “Kilgore: The Musical”, “Free to be Friends”, “P*ece of Bullsh*t Pie”, “Did we Win?”, and about 1000 bit shows. He has performed in workshops with The RoundAbout Theatre Co, The New Group, Center Theatre Group, Playwrights Horizons and The Public Theatre.
You might also recognize Jeff from commercials (check them out here). He does a lot of them cause they pay him money… and also he believes firmly in the products he endorses. He has been seen in more than a dozen national commercials, but is most recognized as the Pilgrim in the Snickers FEAST campaign, and as a literal German shepherd in Tina Fey’s American Express commercial.
Before moving to New York, Jeff was a social worker in Denver, Colorado working with homeless youth and HIV prevention. Seriously.