Adam Saul Pally (born March 18, 1982) is an American actor, comedian and writer, most widely known for starring as Max Blum in the ABC comedy series Happy Endings and as Dr. Peter Prentice in The Mindy Project. He also starred in the FOX comedy Making History. Pally is also the executive producer of The President Show.
Pally in 2008
Adam Saul Pally
March 18, 1982
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Alma mater||The New School|
|Occupation||Actor, comedian, writer|
Daniella Liben Pally (m. 2008)
Early life and educationEdit
Pally was born in New York City, to Dr. Steven Pally, an osteopathic internist who owns his own medical office, and Caryn Pally, who managed the practice in Florham Park, New Jersey. He was raised Jewish. He grew up in New York City, Chicago, and New Jersey, and has two sisters, Erica and Risa.
In 2004, Pally graduated from The New School University in New York City. He has performed improv and sketch comedy at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre (UCBT) in New York since 2002 and continues to perform in shows such as "Death by Roo Roo" and "ASSSSCAT 3000" at the theater's Los Angeles division. He is a member of the sketch comedy group "Chubby Skinny Kids" with comedians Dan Gregor and Doug Mand. Pally is also part of the improv group "Hot Sauce" with Gil Ozeri and Ben Schwartz; the group continues to perform their long-form improv show at UCBT occasionally.
Pally has appeared in such films as Iron Man 3, Taking Woodstock, Solitary Man, Assassination of a High School President, The To Do List and A.C.O.D. and Slow Learners. He has made guest appearances on Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, Californication and The Colbert Report. He has written and appeared on the Adult Swim series NTSF:SD:SUV::. Pally and frequent collaborator Gil Ozeri are currently writing a script being produced by Will Ferrell & Adam McKay's company Gary Sanchez Productions.
From April 2011 to May 2013, Pally starred as Max Blum, one of the lead characters on the ABC ensemble comedy series Happy Endings, alongside Eliza Coupe, Elisha Cuthbert, Zachary Knighton, Damon Wayans, Jr., and Casey Wilson. In 2013, Pally was nominated for "Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series" at the Critics' Choice Television Awards for his work on season three of Happy Endings. Following the cancellation of Happy Endings, Pally joined the cast of The Mindy Project as a series regular for the second and third season, playing the role of Dr. Peter Prentice. He left the show midway through the third season, making his final appearances as a series regular in 2015.
Pally filmed a lead role opposite T.J. Miller and Thomas Middleditch in the comedy Search Party. This film serves as the directorial debut of screenwriter Scot Armstrong. He also starred in the indie films Slow Learners and Night Owls, both released in 2015.
Media contributions and appearancesEdit
Pally is a regular contributor to the humor website Funny or Die, where he is best known for his series Riding Shotgun with Adam Pally, where he interviews celebrities in his car. In 2009, he created for UCB Comedy a parody of the "David After Dentist" internet phenomenon; his is called "David After Divorce," and he speaks almost exactly the same lines as David, though to a different set of questions. It has received about 5 million hits on YouTube.
In 2011, Pally co-starred in the comedic stage-show The Realest Real Housewives, created by his Happy Endings co-star Casey Wilson.
On June 5, 2015, Pally and fellow comedian friends Gil Ozeri and John Gemberling gained attention when they teamed with Funny or Die to live-stream their 50-hour marathon of Entourage, watching every episode in a row with no breaks for 50 hours straight.
Pally lives in Los Angeles. He married Daniella Anne Pally (née Liben) on July 3, 2008 and together the couple has three children: a son Cole (b. 2012), daughter Georgia Grace (b. 2013), and another son, Drake (b. 2017).
On March 28, 2017, Pally was charged with cocaine and marijuana possession in New York City.
|2008||Assassination of a High School President||Freddy Bismark|
|2009||Taking Woodstock||Artie Kornfeld|
|Solitary Man||Irate Student|
|2012||3,2,1... Frankie Go Boom||Brian|
|Primary Exit Polling||Voter||Short film|
|Iron Man 3||Gary|
|The To Do List||Chip|
|2014||Life After Beth||Diner Sommelier|
|2015||Slow Learners||Jeff Lowrey|
|2015||Bad Night||The Painter|
|2016||Don't Think Twice||Robbie|
|2016||Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life||Mr. Teller|
|2017||The Little Hours||Guard Paolo|
|2017||Shimmer Lake||Reed Ethington|
|2018||Most Likely to Murder||Billy|
|2020||Sonic the Hedgehog||Wade Whipple|
|2007, 2011||Californication||Young Hollywood Douchebag||3 episodes: "Filthy Lucre", "Freeze-Frame", and "The Recused"|
|2008||The Colbert Report||Maverick Bully||Episode: "Charlie Cook/Andrew Sullivan"|
|2011||The Boys and Girls Guide to Getting Down||Bryce||Television movie|
|Best Friends Forever||Joe||Pilot (original unaired version)|
|2011, 2012||NTSF:SD:SUV||Various||2 episodes: "Piper Doesn't Live Here Anymore" and "The NTSF:SD:SUV: HISS Infomercial"|
|2011–13||Happy Endings||Max Blum||Main role, 57 episodes|
Nominated – Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (2013)
|2013||The Jeselnik Offensive||Panelist||Episode: "Adam Pally and Casey Wilson"|
|The Arscheerio Paul Show||Rosie O'Donnell||Episode: "Madonna & Rosie O'Donnell"|
|2013–15||Kroll Show||Various||3 episodes: "San Diego Diet", "Sponsored by Stamps", and "The In Addition Tos"|
|Comedy Bang! Bang!||Various||3 episodes|
|2013–17||The Mindy Project||Dr. Peter Prentice||Main role, 44 episodes|
|2014||Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja||Plop Plop (voice)||2 episodes|
|BoJack Horseman||Trip (voice)||Episode: "Escape From L.A."|
|Key and Peele||Adam||Episode: "The Job Interview"|
|The Late Late Show||Himself (host)||Episode that aired January 30|
|2015–17||Regular Show||Party Horse #42699 (voice)||4 episodes|
|2016||Lady Dynamite||Chad||Episode: "I Love You"|
|Another Period||Virgil||Episode: "Harvard"|
|Not Safe with Nikki Glaser||Himself||Episode: "Is That Your Belt?"|
|2017||Animals.||Max (voice)||Episode: "Roaches."|
|Making History||Dan Chambers||Main role, 9 episodes|
|American Dad!||Camp Counselor (voice)||Episode: "Camp Campawanda"|
|Do You Want To See a Dead Body?||Himself||Episode: "A Body and a Bachelor Party"|
|The President Show||Donald Trump Jr.||3 episodes|
|The Who Was? Show||Game Show Host||Episode: "Gandhi & Benjamin Franklin"|
|Champaign ILL||Ronnie||Main role|
|2019||The Mandalorian||Bike Scout Trooper #2||Episode: "Chapter 8: Redemption"|
|2011||The Fuzz||Officer Chip Nelson|
|2012||Happy Endings: Happy Rides||Max Blum|
Awards and nominationsEdit
|2013||Critics' Choice Television Award||Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series||Happy Endings||Nominated|
- "Daniella Liben, Adam Pally". The New York Times. July 6, 2008. Retrieved September 19, 2011.
- "Adam Pally on Jimmy Kimmel Live!". Jimmy Kimmel Live!. Season 9. Episode 124. May 5, 2011. ABC. Retrieved September 19, 2011.
- Background of Adam Pally, doodiecallswithdougmand.libsyn.com; accessed December 9, 2014.
- IRC Improv Wiki, wiki.improvresourcecenter.com; accessed December 9, 2014.
- IRC Improv Wiki, wiki.improvresourcecenter.com; accessed December 9, 2014.
- UCB Profile
- Chubby Skinny Kids Productions, chubbyskinnykids.com; accessed December 9, 2014.
- Profile, deadline.com, September 2012; accessed December 9, 2014.
- Adam Pally on IMDb
- Kit, Borys (April 23, 2013). "'Search Party' Finds Its Stars, Begins Shooting Next Week". The Hollywood Reporter.
- Team Coco (February 14, 2012). "Adam Pally: Having A Baby Is A Horrible Mistake". teamcoco.com. Retrieved January 13, 2015.
- Totally Laime Team (March 19, 2014). "Wonderful & Brutal with Daniella Liben Pally!". totallylaime.com. Archived from the original on 2015-01-16. Retrieved January 13, 2015.
- Sports? with Katie Nolan (January 10, 2018). "Adam Pally". ESPN. Retrieved January 16, 2018.
- "'Making History' Star Adam Pally Busted for Pot and Cocaine Possession". TMZ. Retrieved 2018-08-03.