Bryan Callen On Boxing, Podcasting, And His Crush On The Rock

Matthew Sardo spoke with comedian Bryan Callen about changes in Hollywood, the podcast revolution, his imaginary buddy cop film with The Rock, and if heavy weight boxing can make a comeback.

Callen is a 20 year film and TV industry vet, starting out on MADtv and most currently you can see him on the Goldbergs. His film credits include the Hangover 1 and 2, Old School and Bad Santa; but where Callen dominates is in the podcast world with his own show The Bryan Callen Podcast and the FOX Sports podcast Fighter and the Kid.


2014 has been a breakout year for Bryan Callen. Moviegoers can see him opposite Kevin Hart, Ice Cube and John Leguizamo in Universal Picture’s megahit Ride Along and in About Last Night, his second consecutive film with Kevin Hart. In April, he starred in the feature 10 Rules For Sleeping Around. A staple on the comedy club circuit, which he affectionately calls “my second home.” TV watchers have also applauded his Showtime comedy special, “Man Class”.

Callen’s loyal web fans also tune in regularly for his signature show The Bryan Callen Podcast on iTunes, a no-holds barred, hour-long interview program with celebrities, authors, scientists, military personnel, educators, politicians and filmmakers. He also hosts the popular Ten Minute Podcast with fellow comics Chris DeLia and Will Sasso.

In film, Callen has created such memorable characters as “Eddie” in The Hangover and “Samir” in The Hangover 2. He was also a standout as Captain Frank Dashell, leader of the Undead Task Force, in the MTV comedy Death Valley and in Lionsgate’s Oscar nominated Warrior. Other memorable film credits include Old School and Bad Santa.

Callen got his start as an original cast member of the comedy/variety series MAD TV. His diverse coterie of characters led to featured roles on The Goldbergs, How I Met Your Mother, CSI, Californication, Entourage, Sex and The City, The West Wing, NYPD Blue, King of Queens, Frasier, 7th Heaven, Las Vegas, News Radio and regular appearances on Chelsea Lately. In 2012, Bryan completed two seasons on the USA series In Plain Sight.

Born in the Philippines, Callen grew up in India, Pakistan, Lebanon, Greece and Saudi Arabia. He moved to the U.S. at fourteen and attended high school in Massachusetts. Upon graduation, he attended American University in Washington, D.C. and earned a B.A. Degree in History.

Between acting gigs, Callen spends his time powerlifting, taming lions, vanquishing evil and protecting the innocent.

RECENTLY: Bryan has a one man show he is solely financing, producing, directing and performing on Sunday May 24 in Irvine, CA which will then be sold to Netflix, Comedy Central, HBO or Showtime.

Matthew Sardo
Matthew Sardo
As the founder of Monkeys Fighting Robots, I'm currently training for my next job as an astronaut cowboy. Reformed hockey goon, comic book store owner, video store clerk, an extra in 'Transformers: Dark of the Moon,' 'Welcome Back Freshman,' and for one special day, I was a Ghostbuster.