|Famous For: Jim Kuback on Mission Hill, Brian Spukowski on The Sarah||Currently Known For: Actor, Voice Actor, Musician, Writer, and Comedian|
Currently Known For Actor, Voice Actor, Musician, Writer, and Comedian
“I was such a nerd in high school. I didn’t even have imaginary friends, I had imaginary bullies.” A Hollywood wild card once known for his love of smoking pot, there isn’t much Brian Posehn hasn’t done in show business over the last two decades as an actor, voice actor, musician, writer, and comedian. Best known for his performances as Jim Kuback on Mission Hill, as Brian Spukowski on The Sarah Silverman Program, and as Bert Kibbler on The Big Bang Theory, let’s take a look at Posehn’s incredible journey to fame and his long list of projects that keep him busy!
A West Coast native since birth, Brian Edmund Posehn made his debut into the world on July 6, 1966 in Sacramento, California and enjoyed a quiet childhood in a neighboring suburb before he graduated from Sonoma Valley High School in 1984 and enrolled at Sacramento State University. From an early age, Posehn had a talent for performing and knew he wanted to pursue that talent further. That’s what inspired him to take a huge leap of faith and try stand-up comedy at an open mic night in Sacramento for the first time. “I was starting college at Sac State after attending American River Junior College when I decided I want to do this forever, so I went to Sac State with the idea of ‘Hey, I’m going to give this a shot and see what happens,’ with the idea that I would always go back to school if it didn’t work out,” Posehn said.
Luckily, everything worked out for Posehn and he never went back to college after an incredible first experience behind the mic. “It was at a bar and one night a week, they had stand-up comedy. That became my regular spot for the first year,” Posehn said. “My first time I went with a buddy of mine and had some liquid courage in the parking lot before we went into the bar just to kind of relax… he was like, ‘I think you’re going to need a couple of beers before you try this.’ The first time on stage was fantastic, and then the second time, not so good, but I loved it so much the first time I stuck with it.”
Posehn certainly stuck with it and eventually made his way to television where he snagged minor roles on Empty Nest, Friends, Everybody Loves Raymond, News Radio, Seinfeld, and Veronica’s Closet. He wrote and starred in nearly two dozen episodes of the Mr. Show with Bob and David from 1995 to 1998 and finally caught a huge break in 1999 when he was cast as the voice of Jim Kuback on The WB’s Mission Hill and as Kevin Liotta on Just Shoot Me! By then, he was unstoppable and lent his voice to characters in Clerks: The Animated Series, Kim Possible, Ozzy & Drix, Crank Yankers, and Aqua Teen Hunger Force.
In 2003, he wrote and produced The Man Show as his film career blossomed with credits in Sorority Boys, Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd, Grind, and Brother Bear. Then, in 2007, he caught another huge break when he auditioned for and won the part of Brian Spukowski on The Sarah Silverman Program, a Comedy Central sitcom starring actress and comedian Sarah Silverman. Spending three seasons on the series until its cancellation in 2010, Posehn refused to slow down and cashed in on his growing success with projects like Human Giant, Out of Jimmy’s Head, Transformers: Animated, and Metalocalypse. In the meantime, he released comedy albums like Live In: Nerd Rage, Fart and Wiener Jokes, and The Fartist in addition to appearing in dozens of films like Sarah Silverman: Jesus is Magic, Sleeping Dogs Lie, Surf’s Up, and Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer.
As if to prove he was unstoppable, Posehn continued taking on new projects and showcased his talents as a comic writer with the release of Volume 1: Dead Presidents and Volume 2: Soul Hunter in the Deadpool (Marvel Now!) comic series in 2013. Following up with five additional volumes over the next year and a half, he also returned to primetime television and joined Penny, Leonard, Sheldon and the rest of the gang as Bert Kibbler on The Big Bang Theory, a recurring role that ran across seven episodes and four seasons until 2017.All About Bert: A Socially Awkward, Rock-Collecting Geologist
Posehn gave a stellar performance as Professor Bertram Kibbler, a geologist at Caltech who awkwardly shared his love of rocks and minerals with his small circle of friends. First introduced in “The Contractual Obligation” episode where he tries to crash Raj’s date with Lucy at the library, Kibbler becomes a recurring character over the next four seasons where he’s known for giving Amy a beautiful and interesting rock each day to show his love for her. Although Amy declines his advances, she attends a rock and mineral show with him out of sympathy and, along with Penny, shows up to his Caltech party in “The Dependence Transcendence” episode.
Kibbler reappeared in several episodes including “The Fetal Kick Catalyst,” “The Geology Elevation,” and “The Separation Agitation,” all of which shed even more light on his awkwardness. After all, he finds it easier to talk to rocks than to people! Some of his most memorable appearances include his trip with Sheldon on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and his efforts to win his girlfriend, Rebecca, back with lavish gifts despite the fact that she’s only dating him for his grant money!Posehn Today and The Dish on Dating and Relationships
While Kibbler is fairly awkward around people (especially women), Posehn doesn’t seem to have that trouble (or at least he hides it well!). He married Melanie Truhett in 2004 and started a family with the birth of their son, a happy announcement that Posehn turned into a joke saying, “I was just surprised when my wife told me we were having a baby. I was like, ‘Wow, that’s awesome. You’re going to make a great single mom.’” All joking aside, Posehn has greeted fatherhood with open arms and gave up his favorite habit of smoking weed in 2011. Sober ever since, we can’t help but wonder what life looks like for the 51-year-old today!
Posehn snagged his first leading role in the 2015 film, Uncle Nick, which came as a huge surprise to the well-known character actor. “It was terrifying,” he said of the experience. “It was something I wanted to do for a long time, and it kind of felt like I wasn’t going to get to, so when it came up, I loved the script… I hate all the actor-y things and actor-y clichés, but it was really fun to stretch and get to be in every scene and really carry it. It was a lot of pressure and I feel like I did pretty well… I’m really proud of it. There was no resting. You’re moving fast when you’re shooting that low budget of a movie. We just banged it out.”
Over the last three years, Posehn has stayed incredibly busy and voiced Mr. Rected in Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie. He’s also appeared in episodes of Steven Universe, Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero, Star vs. The Forces of Evil, W/ Bob and David, Lady Dynamite, and The Simpsons as well as in the 2016 Anthrax music video for “Blood Eagle Wings.” Most recently, he’s seen his hard work writing for Marvel Comics pay off with the release of Deadpool and Deadpool 2, the latter of which hits theaters on May 18, 2018. Beyond that, Posehn has plenty of work and projects ahead of him, which is exactly how he likes it. “I always have so many things going on at once,” he says. “It’s how I stay sane.” Whatever keeps him busy and working in Hollywood is just fine by us!