Dave Foley

Dave Foley (born January 4, 1963[1]) is a Canadian-American actor, stand-up comedian, director, producer and writer. He is known as a co-founder of the comedy group The Kids in the Hall, who have appeared together in a number of television, stage and film productions, most notably the 1988-1995 TV sketch comedy show The Kids in the Hall, as well as the 1996 film Brain Candy. He is also known for playing Dave Nelson in the sitcom NewsRadio, voicing the main character, Flik in A Bug's Life, portraying recurring character Bob Moore in the sitcom Hot in Cleveland and hosting the game show Celebrity Poker Showdown.

Dave Foley
Dave Foley 2012.jpg
Foley in 2012
Birth nameDave Foley
Born (1963-01-04) January 4, 1963 (age 58)
Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada
MediumStand-up, film, television
Years active1986–present
GenresObservational comedy, improvisational comedy, character comedy, satire, surreal humour
Tabatha Southey
(m. 1991; div. 1997)

Crissy Guerrero
(m. 2002; div. 2008; m. 2016)

Early lifeEdit

Foley was born in Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada, on January 4, 1963.[2] He is son of Mary and Michael, a steamfitter. His mother is from Stafford, England.[2]


Acting and stand-up comedyEdit

The Kids in the Hall at the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival

After dropping out of high school, Foley pursued standup comedy for about a year in the Toronto Second City Training Centre, where he began taking improv classes and met Kevin McDonald, who gave him a job as an usher at a local art house movie theatre. He played Lewis Allen in the miniseries Anne of Avonlea. Foley, McDonald, Bruce McCulloch, Mark McKinney and Scott Thompson formed The Kids in the Hall in 1984. The troupe's eponymous TV series debuted in 1988 and ended in 1995. Foley played characters including Hecubus, one of the Sizzler sisters, the A. T. & Love boss, Bruno Puntz Jones, Mr. Heavyfoot, Jocelyn and Lex. Initially involved with Kids in the Hall: Brain Candy, he left the troupe in the middle of the writing, dissatisfied with the internal strife and the quality of the script, and joined the NewsRadio cast instead. As he had not signed any contract with the studio, Foley agreed to sign a deal which would allow the rest of the troupe to get paid for the script, though he was convinced that it would never be shot. When it was greenlit, Foley appeared in the film because he was contractually obligated to do so. He is the only member of the group who is uncredited as a writer.[3] Foley rejoined the troupe in 2000 and has been an integral part of their various reformations. He appeared in the Kids in the Hall 2010 reunion project Death Comes to Town.[4] Paul Simms, creator of NewsRadio, happened to be a huge fan of Foley's work and wrote the role of Dave Nelson specifically for him. Much of his character on the show was based on his own personality quirks, including his coffee addiction and his love of the sitcom Green Acres.

Foley was recently reunited with NewsRadio writer Joe Furey when he recorded the special featurette Working with Joe Furey, an add-on to Furey's comedy Love and Support. Foley released his stand-up special, Relatively Well in January 2013, distributed by Showtime.[5] In the comedy-thriller The Wrong Guy, Foley played Nelson Hibbert, an office worker who finds his boss murdered, mistakenly believes he will be blamed for the crime and runs off as a fugitive.[6] In 2001, he played the boss of 'N Sync singer Lance Bass in the film On the Line. Foley hosted the CBC Christmas Special, The True Meaning of Christmas Specials, in which he, a Mexican Elvis impersonator, Elvis Stojko and Dick Dale travel to Canada in search of the true meaning of Christmas specials. He portrayed Jack McFarland's boyfriend Stuart Lamarack on Will & Grace in its 2003-2004 season. In 2004, Foley became host of Celebrity Poker Showdown on Bravo. In 2007, he appeared nude in Uwe Boll's film adaptation of the controversial PC game Postal and became the judge for the US version of Thank God You're Here. He portrayed a middle management employee who happens to be a vampire in the undead office comedy Netherbeast Incorporated (2007) and voiced the disgruntled elf Wayne in the holiday special series, Prep & Landing. He also guest-starred in the 2007 special, Bob & Doug McKenzie's Two-Four Anniversary. He played a high school principal in It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. In 2011, he appeared in How I Met Your Mother as Marshall's possible future boss, Mr. Bloom. From 2011 to 2012, Foley played Jerry Dunham, the boss of Andrew Carlson (David Hornsby) in the short-lived CBS sitcom How to Be a Gentleman. In 2012 and 2013, Foley played Dr. Fulton, Brick's (Atticus Shaffer) school therapist in The Middle, where in "Life Skills", he refers to Brick's classmates as "the kids in the hall", after an awkward pause and glance by both characters and mentioning that their behavior is similar to those of comedy sketches from The Kids in the Hall. In February 2013, Foley played Detective Bob Moore for the three last seasons in the TV Land sitcom, Hot in Cleveland (with an unrelated guest appearance as a charity doctor in the first season), starred in the third season of Robson Arms on CTV and also starred in the CTV sitcom Spun Out in 2014.[7] Foley also starred in ABC's Dr. Ken.

Foley has also voiced various characters in animated films, television series and video games, such as Flik in A Bug's Life (as well as reprising for a cameo of the character during the outtakes of Toy Story 2 and the epilogue of Cars as well as in a segment from Robot Chicken, and Lego The Incredibles), Yes Man in Fallout: New Vegas, Terry in Monsters University, Agent Rick in Pound Puppies, Chris in Dan Vs. and Wayne in the Prep & Landing series.

Web seriesEdit

In 2009, Foley was hired by 49 North Inc./Fuel Industries, a multi-national branded content and entertainment company, to star in a web series titled, The Sensible Traveler with Bobby Fargo with six episodes that are written by TV writer Stephen Hibbert and directed by a number of people, including Leslie Iwerks and Chris Roach. To date, the series is one of 49 North Inc./Fuel Industries' most successful web series at well over 20,000 hits since the beginning of 2010. No word has yet been released as to a second season being filmed.[8]

Music video appearancesEdit

In 1993, Foley appeared along with Mark McKinney and Kevin McDonald in the music video for the song "Heterosexual Man" by Vancouver band Odds. In the video, the three comedians played stereotypical macho jocks in the audience of a small bar where Odds are playing until Foley inexplicably turns into a woman.

He starred in the music video for the 2005 song "Yellow Datsun" by Neva Dinova.[9] In 2008, he appeared in the alternate music video for the song "Americanarama" by Ottawa band Hollerado, where he parodied American Apparel CEO Dov Charney.[10] He also appeared in the music video for the band's song "Desire 126". In 2010, Foley appeared in a music video for the Los Angeles band Black Robot's cover of the JJ Cale song "Cocaine",[11] which was filmed at the burlesque club Jumbo's Clown Room.[12] In 2012, Foley starred in Off!'s music video for their song Borrow and Bomb, playing a "professional educator" named Dale Antwerp who hosts a public access talk show entitled Teen Talk.[13] He appeared in another Off! video in 2014 for their song "Red White and Black", playing the role of a fascist organizer.[14]

Personal lifeEdit

Foley married Tabatha Southey on December 31, 1991.[15] They divorced in 1997.[15] The couple has two children: Edmund (born 1991) and Basil (born 1995).[15] In 2011, Foley stated that as a result of having been judicially mandated to pay Southey some $15,700 a month, or "literally 400 per cent of [his] income" in child support, he believes that if he returns to Canada he will be arrested.[16]

Foley married his second wife, actress Crissy Guerrero, on August 1, 2002.[15] The marriage ended in a divorce in 2008.[15] They have a daughter Alina (born 2003), who is also a child actress.[17] They subsequently reconciled and were remarried on December 31, 2016.[18]

Foley has suffered from depression his entire life.[19] He "used to drink quite a bit", but stopped consuming alcohol on December 22, 2014 after an incident wherein he took a hard fall backwards while intoxicated, resulting in a severe head injury.[19] Foley received a subdural hematoma, spent four days in the intensive care unit, and the fall occurred "with enough force that my brain gave me a black eye from the inside of my head."[19] In February 2019, he remarked that he hadn't "had a drink in four years," and had experienced almost no depression following his brain injury.[19]

Foley resides in Downtown Los Angeles.[20] He is a fan of coffee, claiming to drink up to "50 cups a day when I am on set".[21]



Year Title Role Notes
1986 High Stakes Bo Baker
1987 Three Men and a Baby Grocery Store Clerk
1988 Care Bears Nutcracker Suite Alan Prince (Human form, adult) Voice, Direct-to-video
1994 It's Pat Chris
1996 Kids in the Hall: Brain Candy Marv / Psychiatrist / New guy / Raymond Hurdicure
1997 The Wrong Guy Nelson Hibbert Also writer
1997 Hacks Neal
1998 A Bug's Life Flik Voice
1999 Blast from the Past Troy
1999 South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut The Baldwin brothers Voice
1999 Dick Bob Haldeman
1999 Toy Story 2 Flik Voice
2001 Monkeybone Herb
2001 On the Line Higgins
2002 Run Ronnie Run Network Executive #1
2002 Swindle Michael Barnes
2002 Stark Raving Mad Roy
2003 Grind Tour Manager
2003 My Boss's Daughter Henderson
2004 Employee of the Month Eric
2004 Ham & Cheese Tom Brennemen
2004 Intern Academy Dr. Denton Whiteside
2004 Childstar Philip Templeman
2005 Sky High Jonathan Boy / All-American Boy
2006 Cars Flik Car Voice
2007 California Dreaming Stu Gainor
2007 Netherbeast Incorporated Henry Welby
2007 Postal Uncle Dave
2009 Suck Jeff
2010 Vampires Suck Principal Smith
2011 Monster Brawl Buzz Chambers
2012 Last Call Mr. Nunley
2012 Freeloaders Himself
2013 Monsters University Terry Voice
2014 Party Central Terry Voice
2018 Second Act Felix Herman
2019 Benjamin Mitch
2021 Untitled Brian Fee Film Voice
TBD Dragon Tales (film) Zak Voice



Year Title Role Notes
1987 Anne of Green Gables: The Sequel Lewis Allen Miniseries
1987 American Playhouse Welsh Rabbit / Old Ironsides / Smith Episode: "The Prodigious Hickey"
1988–95 The Kids in the Hall Various characters / Jaques 102 episodes
1995–99 NewsRadio Dave Nelson 97 episodes
1996 Mr. Show with Bob and David Todd Episode: "Operation Hell on Earth"
1998 From the Earth to the Moon Alan Bean Episode: "That's All There Is"
2001 Committed Bob the Dog 13 episodes
2001 Becker Owen Episode: "Hanging with Jake"
2002 The Tick Francis Episode: "Arthur, Interrupted"
2002 Just Shoot Me! Jay Episode: "Blind Ambition"
2003 The Toronto Show Various Episode: "#1.1"
2003 Odd Job Jack Gary Gerbil Episode: "The Wheel Is Not Enough"
2003 The King of Queens Psychiatrist Episode: "Jung Frankenstein"
2003 What's New, Scooby-Doo? Laslow Oswald Voice, Episode: "High-Tech House of Horrors"
2003 Lilo & Stitch: The Series Priest Voice, Episode: "Fibber: Experiment 032"
2003 Grounded for Life Derek Purcell Episode: "Baby Come Back"
2004 Will & Grace Stuart Lamarack 5 episodes
2004 I'm with Her Principal Harris Episode: "Friends in Low Places"
2004 Prom Queen: The Marc Hall Story Mr. Warrick Television film
2005 Las Vegas Mertens Episode: "Letters, Lawyers and Loose Women"
2005 Father of the Pride Kelsey Grammer's Cat Voice, Episode: "Stage Fright"
2005 Hot Properties Ted Begley Jr. Episode: "The Return of the Ring"
2006 Lovespring International Timothy Entsweiler Episode: "The Loser Club"
2006 Tom Goes to the Mayor Dr. Foley Episode: "Glass Eyes"
2006–07 Scrubs Dr. Lester Hedrick 2 episodes
2007 The Batman Francis Grey Voice, Episode: "Seconds"
2007 Slacker Cats Cult cat Voice, Episode: "Buckley on the Run"
2007 Little Mosque on the Prairie U.S. Consulate Clerk Episode: "No Fly List"
2007–09 The New Adventures of Old Christine Tom 3 episodes
2008 Carpoolers Mr. Latero Episode: "Take Your Daughter to Work Day"
2008 In Plain Sight Horst Vanderhof Episode: "Trojan Horst"
2008 Robson Arms Chuck Hoskins 5 episodes
2008 Brothers & Sisters Paul Episode: "Going Once... Going Twice"
2008 Stargate: Atlantis Malcolm Tunney Episode: "Brain Storm"
2009 True Jackson, VP Ted Begley, Jr. Episode: "Company Retreat"
2009–11 Prep & Landing shorts Wayne Voice, Television short
2010 Less Than Kind Dr. Raymond Sheasgreen Episode: "Third Death's a Charm"
2010 The Kids in the Hall: Death Comes to Town Various roles Miniseries
2010 The Soup Grownup Pageant Princess Episode dated August 6
2010 Leverage Eben Dooley Jr. Episode: "The Ho Ho Ho Job"
2010–13 It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Prin. MacIntyre 3 episodes
2010; 2013–15 Hot in Cleveland Bob / Dr. Moore 19 episodes
2011 Desperate Housewives Monroe Carter Episode: "Flashback"
2011 How I Met Your Mother Mr. Bloom Episode: "Challenge Accepted"
2011 Friends with Benefits Keith Episode: "The Benefit of Forgetting"
2011 Pound Puppies Agent Rick Voice, Episode: "Homeward Pound"
2011 Eureka Dr. Plotkin Episode: "One Giant Leap"
2011 Nick Swardson's Pretend Time Capt. Rudd Episode: "The Mis-Education of Garry Gaga"
2011–12 How to Be a Gentleman Jerry 9 episodes
2011–13 Dan Vs. Chris Voice, Main role
2012 Unsupervised Darren Voice, Episode: "Rich Girl"
2012–18 The Middle Dr. Fulton 7 episodes
2013 Robot Chicken Flik / Space Invader / Allan Sherwood Voices, Episode: "Choked on a Bottle Cap"
2013 Newsreaders Donny Hayflack Episode: "31-Up"
2013 Maron Himself Episode: "Internet Troll"
2013 Veep Osmo Häkkinen Episode: "Helsinki"
2013 The Goodwin Games Mr. Quilty Episode: "Hamletta"
2013 Dave Foley: Relatively Well Himself Stand-up special
2013 We Are Men Carter's Dad Episode: "Pilot"
2013; 2016 Comedy Bang! Bang! The Bomber / King Arthur 2 episodes
2013 Dads Ben Episode: "Dad Abuse"
2014 Justified Canadian Gangster Episode: "A Murder of Crowes"
2014 Mr. Pickles Scientist Voice, Episode: "The Lair"
2014–15 Spun Out Dave Lyons 26 episodes
2015 The Odd Couple Roy 4 episodes
2015–17 Harvey Beaks Moff / Additional voices Voices, 14 episodes
2015–17 Dr. Ken Pat Hein Main role, 44 episodes
2016–19 Bajillion Dollar Propertie$ Xavier King 3 episodes
2016 Delmer & Marta Creston's Boss 2 episodes
2017–18 Adventure Time Warren Ampersand Voice, 2 episodes
2018 Bobcat Goldthwait's Misfits & Monsters Jim 'Bull' Bidwell Episode: "Face in the Car Lot"
2018–19 Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Bullhop / Stanley Voice, 2 episodes
2019 Drunk History Alexis Pulaski Episode: "Fame"
2019 Carter Dwick Brisebois Episode: "Harley Takes a Bow"
2020 Fresh Off the Boat Principal Reed Episode: "A Seat at the Table"
2021 Superstore Lowell Anderson Episode: “Lowell Anderson”

Video gamesEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1998 A Bug's Life Flik Voice
2010 Fallout: New Vegas Yes Man[22] Voice
2018 Lego The Incredibles Flik Voice

Theme parksEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1998 It's Tough to Be a Bug! Flik Voice


Year Title Role Notes
2017 Kevin Pollak's Chat Show Himself/Guest Episode: "306"


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