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 recently starred in the FOX comedy Making History.
Early life and education
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 appearances
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.
Pally has appeared regularly on many podcasts on the Earwolf network such as Comedy Bang Bang, improv4humans, Who Charted, and How Did This Get Made?.
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; the couple have two children, a son Cole (b. 2012) and daughter GG (b. 2013).
|2008||Assassination of a High School President||Freddy Bismark|
|2009||Taking Woodstock||Artie Kornfeld|
|2009||Solitary Man||Irate Student|
|2012||3,2,1... Frankie Go Boom||Brian|
|2012||Primary Exit Polling||Voter||Short film|
|2013||Iron Man 3||Gary the Cameraman|
|2013||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|
|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"|
|2010–2017||Regular Show||Party Horse #42699||Episodes: "Party Horse" and "The Return of Party Horse" (both 2015)|
|2011||The Boys and Girls Guide to Getting Down||Bryce||Television movie|
|2011||Best Friends Forever||Joe||Pilot (original unaired version)|
|2011||NTSF:SD:SUV||Various||2 episodes: "Piper Doesn't Live Here Anymore", "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)
|2013–15||Kroll Show||Various||3 episodes: "San Diego Diet", "Sponsored by Stamps", "The In Addition Tos"|
|2013||The Jeselnik Offensive||Panelist||Episode: "Adam Pally and Casey Wilson"|
|2013||The Arscheerio Paul Show||Rosie O'Donnell||Episode: "Madonna & Rosie O'Donnell"|
|2013–15||Comedy Bang! Bang!||Various||3 episodes: "Andy Samberg Wears A Plaid Shirt & Glasses", "Fred Armisen Wears Black Jeans & Glasses", "Adam Pally Wears a Navy Blazer and Bright Blue Sneakers"|
|2013–16||The Mindy Project||Dr. Peter Prentice||Main role, 38 episodes; recurring thereafter|
|2015||BoJack Horseman||Trip (voice)||Episode: "Escape From L.A."|
|2016||Lady Dynamite||Chad||Episode: "I Love You"|
|2016||Not Safe with Nikki Glaser||Himself||Episode: "Is That Your Belt?"|
|2017||Making History||Dan Chambers||Main role|
|2011||The Fuzz||Officer Chip Nelson|
|2012||Happy Endings: Happy Rides||Max Blum|
Awards and nominations
|2013||Critics' Choice Television Award||Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series||Happy Endings||Nominated|