Roberts, Ian 1965-

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Roberts, Ian 1965-


Born July 29, 1965, in Secaucus, NJ; married Katie; children: two. Education: Graduate from Grinnell College, 1987; studied improvisation at ImprovOlympic with Charna Halpern and Del Close.


Office—Upright Citizens Brigade, 5919 Franklin Ave., Hollywood, CA 90028; Upright Citizens Brigade, 307 W. 26th St., New York, NY 10001. Agent—Endeavor, 9601 Wilshire Blvd., 3rd Floor, Beverly Hills, CA 90210. Manager—Principato, Young Management, 9465 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 880, Beverly Hills, CA 90212.


Actor and producer. Appeared with the Acacia Theater, Hansberry Sands, and Milwaukee Players, all Milwaukee, WI, 1987-90; Second City National Touring Company, member; Upright Citizens Brigade (a sketch comedy troupe), cofounder and member, 1990—; Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, teacher. Appeared in television commercials, including Snickers candy bars, Game Show Network, and Comedy Central television network.


Film Appearances:

Tomorrow Night, 1998.

Sparky Polastri, Bring It On, Universal, 2000.

Martin Flam, Martin & Orloff, Harlem Films, 2002.

Tom, Pushing Tom, 2003.

Fraternity boy number two, Death of a Dynasty, TLA Releasing, 2003.

John, Felicia and the Great Quebec, 2003.

Stage manager, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (also known as Anchorman), DreamWorks, 2004.

Stage manager, Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie (also known as Anchorman: Wake-Up Ron Burgundy and Wake Up Ron Burgundy), Dream-Works, 2004.

Curtis Gorfurter, Terrorists, Millennium Storm, 2004.

Kyle, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, Columbia, 2006.

Captain Rogers, DHS, Reno 911!: Miami (also known as "Reno 911!: Miami": The Movie), Twentieth Century-Fox, 2007.

Yogi, Puberty: The Movie, 2007.

Wild Girls Gone, 2007.

Drug dealer, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (also known as Walk Hard), Columbia, 2007.

Spurs coach, Semi-Pro, New Line Cinema, 2008.

Jim, Drillbit Taylor, Paramount, 2008.

Film Producer:

Terrorists, 2004.

Wild Girls Gone, 2007.

Television Appearances; Series:

Antoine and various, Upright Citizens Brigade, Comedy Central, 1998-2000.

The Literal Doctor, Arrested Development, Fox, 2004-2005.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Voice of Uncle Billy and various characters, Escape from "It's a Wonderful Life" (also known as Escape from a Wonderful Life), 1996.

Creator and executive producer, A.S.S.S.S.C.A.T.: Improv, Bravo, 2005.

Reel Comedy: "Talladega Nights—The Ballad of Ricky Bobby," Comedy Central, 2006.

Upright Citizens Brigade: Asssscat, Comedy Central, 2008.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

The Boa Constrictor, Apt. 2F, MTV, 1997.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

(Uncredited) Hidden camera victim, "Bill Pullman/New Edition," Saturday Night Live (also known as SNL, NBC's Saturday Night, and Saturday Night), NBC, 1996.

(Uncredited) Creepy fan, "Matthew Perry/Oasis," Saturday Night Live (also known as SNL, NBC's Saturday Night, and Saturday Night), NBC, 1997.

(With Upright Citizens Brigade) Angry guy, Late Friday, NBC, 2001.

Voice of Tom Wilsonberg, "Stowaway," Home Movies (animated), Cartoon Network, 2002.

Weather anchor, Cold Pizza, ESPN2, 2003.

The Grammar Hammer, "Mid-South Wrestling 1980," Cheap Seats: Without Ron Parker (also known as Cheap Seats), ESPN, 2004.

Steve Hardcastle, "More FBI Help," Reno 911!, Comedy Central, 2004.

(With Upright Citizens Brigade) Jimmy Kimmel Live!, ABC, 2005.

Current TV, Comedy Central, 2005.

Dick Heller, "Halfway Innocent," Halfway Home, 2007.

Ian the Best Man, The Very Funny Show, TBS, 2007.

Doctor, Carpoolers, ABC, 2007.

Television Work; Series:

Creator, The Upright Citizens Brigade, Comedy Central, 1998-2000.

Television Work; Specials:

Creator and executive producer, A.S.S.S.S.C.A.T.: Improv, Bravo, 2005.



Martin & Orloff, Harlem Films, 2002.

Pushing Tom, 2003.

Wild Girls Gone, 2007.

Television Specials:

Escape from "It's a Wonderful Life" (also known as Escape from a Wonderful Life), 1996.

Television Episodes:

Upright Citizens Brigade, Comedy Central, 1998-2000.

Television Episodes (as Consultant Writer):

"Let's Go," Human Giant, MTV, 2007.

"Ice Cream Party," Human Giant, MTV, 2007.

"Ta Da," Human Giant, MTV, 2007.

"She Be a Witch," Human Giant, MTV, 2007.

Roberts, Ian 1952-

views updated May 29 2018

Roberts, Ian 1952-


Born 1952, in Fort Beaufort, South Africa; married Michelle Botes (an actress; divorced, 1999); children: two. Education: Rhodes University, B.A., speech, drama, and social anthropology, 1976.


Agent—Moonyeenn Lee Associates, 40 Keyes Ave., Rosebank, Johannesburg, South Africa.


Actor. Appeared in television commercials for Castor motor oil in South Africa. Military Service: Served in the South African Army; discharged, 1971.


Film Appearances:

Carl, Jane and the Lost City, New World Pictures, 1987.

Dancing in the Forest, Triax Entertainment Group, 1988.

Hoppie Gruenwald, The Power of One (also known as La puissance de l'ange), Warner Bros., 1992.

Evans, Cry, the Beloved Country, Miramax, 1995.

Sheen, Cyborg Cop III (also known as Terminal Impact), New Line Home Video, 1996.

Frans, Paljas, 1998.

Captain Dooley, Tarzan and the Lost City (also known as Tarzan und die verlorene stadt), Warner Bros., 1998.

Yager, Sweepers, Trimark Video, 1998.

Chris Van Rooyen, A Reasonable Man, Pandora Cinema, 1999.

General VanDamm, High Explosive (also known as Mission explosive), Prophecy Entertainment, 2000.

Mike Donovan, I Dreamed of Africa, Columbia, 2000.

Farmer, Lucky Day (short), 2000.

Kobus, Malunde, 2001.

Ripshaw, Askari, 2001.

Gerhard Snyman, Promised Land, 2002.

Earl, Hoodlum & Son, Anchor Bay Entertainment, 2003.

Piet Muller, Red Dust, BBC Films, 2004.

John Traherne, Wah-Wah (also known as Wah Wah), Samuel Goldwyn, 2005.

Captain Smit, Tsotsi (also known as Thug), Miramax, 2005.

Hallyday, the plantation owner, 3 Needles, Covington USA, 2005.

Marius Kramer, Number 10, Ster-Kinekor Pictures, 2006.

Television Appearances; Series:

Triptiek, 1993.

Captain Swart, Behind the Badge, 2002.

Also appeared as presenter, Going Nowhere Slowly; Boet, Kalahari Oasis, M-Net; Sloet Steenkamp, Arende; Jack Degenaar, Arsenaal.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Sid de Melker, Daisy de melker (also known as Daisy), 1993.

Colenbrander, Rhodes, BBC and PBS, 1996.

Eftertradaren, 1999.

Sir Henry, King Solomon's Mines, Hallmark Channel, 2004.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Sergeant Smit, A Private Life, BBC, 1989.

Moolman, Inside, Showtime, 1996.

Kobie Cotzee, Mandela and de Klerk, Showtime, 1997.

Dwyer, Black Velvet Band, YTV, 1997.

Nick du Toit, Coup!, BBC, 2006.

Alan, Crossroads, 2006.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Chief Inspector Hansen, "Tarzan and the Beast of Dunali," Tarzan: The Epic Adventures, syndicated, 1997.

Television Appearances; Other:

Appeared in Onder Draai Die Duiwel; Snitch.



Wrote Honeytown 1; Palang van Dwaal.