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Eugene Boris Mirman[1][2] (born as Evgeniy Borisovich Mirman (Евгений Борисович Мирман) July 24, 1974) is a Russian-American comedian and writer known for playing Yvgeny Mirminsky on Delocated and Gene Belcher on the animated comedy Bob's Burgers.

Eugene Mirman
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Mirman at the San Diego Comic Con International in July 2010
Birth nameEugene Boris Mirman
Born (1974-07-24) July 24, 1974 (age 45)
Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
MediumStand-up, television, books, newspaper
Years active1991–present
GenresAbsurdism, observational comedy, satire
Subject(s)American culture, everyday life, self-deprecation
Katie Westfall Tharp (m. 2015)
Notable works and rolesThe Weekly Week
(producer, 1997–1999)
Eugene in Flight of the Conchords
Yvgeny Mirminsky on Delocated
Gene Belcher on Bob's Burgers
Cecil Tunt on Archer

Early lifeEdit

Mirman was born in Moscow,[3] to Jewish parents. His family emigrated to the United States when he was four and a half years old.[4]

Mirman attended William Diamond Middle School and Lexington High School in Lexington, Massachusetts, and Hampshire College in Western Massachusetts. As part of the college's "choose your own major" program, Mirman graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in comedy, with a one-hour routine as his thesis.[5] During summers he attended Camp Tohkomeupog in East Madison, NH. He returned to his high school to deliver its 2009 commencement address.[6] He returned to Hampshire to deliver the 2012 commencement speech as well.[7]


Stand-up careerEdit

In 2004, Mirman released The Absurd Nightclub Comedy of Eugene Mirman, a CD/DVD on Suicide Squeeze Records. The album was voted one of the Best Albums of 2004 by both The A.V. Club and Time Out New York. His second album, En Garde, Society was released by Sub Pop in 2006. Three years later, Mirman released another comedy album titled God Is a Twelve-Year-Old Boy with Aspergers which was recorded in Chicago at the Lakeshore Theatre.[8] In 2012, Mirman released An Evening Of Comedy In A Fake, Underground Laboratory.[9]

Mirman has appeared at the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Colorado, the Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal, Bumbershoot and South by Southwest. He co-produced the weekly standup-variety show Invite Them Up with Bobby Tisdale and Holly Schlesinger, which won a Nightlife Award. He currently produces Pretty Good Friends (formerly Tearing the Veil of Maya) at Union Hall in Park Slope, Brooklyn with Julie Smith, which has been voted the best comedy night in New York City by New York Magazine.

Mirman, much like David Cross and Patton Oswalt, is known to often perform in rock clubs and theaters as opposed to traditional comedy clubs. Often touring the United States, Mirman occasionally opens for the comedy troupe Stella (former members of The State). He has opened for various bands such as The Shins and toured with Modest Mouse, Yo La Tengo, Gogol Bordello, Andrew Bird, and Cake.[10] In 2012, Mirman stated that opening for musicians is uncommon and that music concerts pay three times that of a comedy gig.[10] Mirman also toured with Patton Oswalt, Brian Posehn and Maria Bamford on the Comedians of Comedy tour.

He has toured as an opener for Flight of the Conchords and with Andy Kindler and Marc Maron in Stand Uppity. He plays the character Eugene in the Flight of the Conchords HBO television series.

In January 2010, Mirman performed standup on the John Oliver's New York Stand Up Show on Comedy Central.[11]

Mirman's Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival has been running since 2008.[12]

On April 10, 2015, Mirman filmed a live stand-up special in Tucson, AZ, directed by Bobcat Goldthwait. The special was released on Netflix in 2015 as Eugene Mirman: Vegan on His Way to the Complain Store.

Television careerEdit

Mirman has appeared on several TV shows, including Late Night with Conan O'Brien, HBO's Flight of the Conchords, the BBC's Russell Howard's Good News, Comedy Central Presents, Delocated,[13] Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Comedy Central's Premium Blend, VH1, Third Watch, Cartoon Network's Home Movies, Cheap Seats, Lucy, the Daughter of the Devil and more. He also played a spokes-potato on Food Network.

In late 2010, Mirman performed on the Comedy Central show The Benson Interruption.

In 2010, Mirman co-starred with Phill Jupitus in the Dave TV movie Comedy Exchange.

On February 21, 2011, Mirman appeared on The Colbert Report as a fertility clown.

On April 4, 2013, Mirman provided the voice for Cecil Tunt, multi-millionaire brother of Cheryl/Carol Tunt on FX's Archer.

On March 13, 2016, Mirman appeared on "Last Week Tonight" as a hacker.

Mirman currently voices the character Gene Belcher on the Fox animated series Bob's Burgers.[14]

Mirman lent his guest voice to a character named Emperor Keith Merman in the Netflix original The Adventures of Puss in Boots.

Radio and podcastsEdit

In January 2009, Mirman released a satirical self-help book entitled The Will to Whatevs.[15]

He often appears on StarTalk Radio, hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson.[16] He has also appeared several times on the TV adaptation.

Mirman guest starred as an "Expert witness" on humorist John Hodgman's podcast Judge John Hodgman.[17]

Mirman appeared on Ken Reid's TV Guidance Counselor Podcast on April 24, 2015. The episode was recorded live as part of the 2015 Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival in Boston.

Mirman plays a supporting role of Benny the gerbil on the children's podcast This Podcast Has Fleas in 2017. [18]

Personal lifeEdit

Mirman married his longtime girlfriend Katie Westfall Tharp on Labor Day 2015.[19] Together they have a son (born 2016).[20]



  • The Will to Whatevs (2009)


  1. ^ Russian: Евгений Борисович Мирман, Yevgeniĭ Borisovich Mirman; born July 24, 1974.
  2. ^ Jackson, Todd (2009). Eugene Mirman. Retrieved on May 13, 2009 from "Archived copy". Archived from the original on May 13, 2009. Retrieved May 13, 2009.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link).
  3. ^ Archived January 15, 2013, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Archived January 15, 2013, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ Mirman, Eugene. "Extended Biography". Archived from the original on January 15, 2013. Retrieved January 30, 2013.
  6. ^ "Eugene Mirman 2009 LHS Commencement Speech". June 8, 2009. Archived from the original on February 28, 2013. Retrieved May 1, 2013.
  7. ^ "Hampshire College • 2012 Commencement Keynote Speech • Eugene Mirman". Archived from the original on January 2, 2014. Retrieved May 1, 2013.
  8. ^ Sub Pop Records. "Eugene Mirman". Sub Pop Records. Archived from the original on December 16, 2013. Retrieved December 20, 2015.
  9. ^ "Eugene Mirman: An Evening of Comedy in a Fake Underground Laboratory (TV Movie 2012)". IMDb. December 21, 2012. Archived from the original on April 5, 2016. Retrieved December 20, 2015.
  10. ^ a b Levy, Piet (March 21, 2012). "Bands, comedians appearing together". Music and Nightlife. Tap Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. journal sentinel: Part of the USA Today Network. Retrieved September 8, 2018. Mirman said he generally makes (from music concerts) about two-thirds of what he would earn from five comedy club gigs
  11. ^ Photo courtesy of Comedy Central, Lead photo by Gavin Bond (November 30, 2009). "John Oliver's TV Show to Feature Eugene Mirman, Paul F. Tompkins, Janeane Garofalo, Many More". Archived from the original on May 3, 2013. Retrieved May 1, 2013.
  12. ^ "The Erudite Absurdist: Eugene Mirman – Page". Interview Magazine. Archived from the original on October 24, 2011. Retrieved April 2, 2012.
  13. ^ "Jon Glaser on Adult Swim, a NYC Human Giant show, Clipse". March 24, 2008. Archived from the original on May 31, 2013. Retrieved May 1, 2013.
  14. ^ "Bob's Burgers". Fox. Archived from the original on January 12, 2011 Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  15. ^ Mirman, Eugene (March 24, 2010). "Harper Collins Website". Archived from the original on September 24, 2015. Retrieved May 1, 2013.
  16. ^ "StarTalk Radio Show by Neil deGrasse Tyson | first and only popular commercial radio program devoted to all things space". Archived from the original on April 24, 2012. Retrieved April 2, 2012.
  17. ^ MaxFun Intern (November 14, 2013). "Judge John Hodgman Episode 134: The Right to Remain Silent". Maximum Fun. Archived from the original on December 3, 2013. Retrieved December 2, 2013.
  18. ^ "This Podcast Has Fleas - WNYC Studios - Podcasts". wnycstudios. Archived from the original on January 7, 2018. Retrieved April 25, 2018.
  19. ^ Parker, Ian. "Funny-Sounding". The New Yorker. Archived from the original on January 18, 2016. Retrieved January 19, 2016.
  20. ^ "Eugene Mirman: Burger On A Sesame Seed Pun". Archived from the original on January 23, 2017. Retrieved January 26, 2017.

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