Ed is a fan of the baseball team the Atlanta Braves.
Ed studied improv with the Uptight Citizens Brigade.
Ed has said his role models are his brother Paxton and comedian Phil Hartman.
In 2007, Ed just bought a house in Los Angeles where The Office is being filmed. He used to live in New York and Atlanta.
For Ed, the most annoying thing about his job on The Daily Show is it being located in the middle of nowhere in Manhattan. He has a difficult time getting there.
Ed won the 2008 SAG Award along with his The Office castmates for Best Ensemble in a Comedy Series. They were nominated again in 2009.
Some of Ed's favorite foods include Italian, sushi, and Thai food. His favorite cereal is Cap'n Crunch.
The Office has extensive catering, so Ed gained nine pounds his first three months on the set.
For breakfast, Ed eats eggs, bacon, a doughnut, coffee, and a fruit salad. Lunch at The Office set for him includes barbecue ribs, an Arnold Palmer, and ice cream mixed with chocolate chip cookies. For dinner, he usually orders take-out.
Ed's favorite drink is an Arnold Palmer, with more tea than lemonade.
Ed's mom was a health nut, so he ate a lot of health foods as a kid.
His nickname in college was ED2000 ("Enforcement Droid 2000" from the movie Robocop).
While at Oberlin, Helms was on the swim team his freshman year. He wound up quitting soon because it consumed way too much time and it was tough.
After high school, Helms applied and got into Northwestern, Vanderbilt, University of Georgia, and Oberlin College.
In 2002, Helms appeared in a commercial for Budweiser during Super Bowl XXXVI alongside Dale Earnhadt Jr.
Helms wrote and starred in the 2005 comedy Zombie-American.
Helms voices Angel on Cartoon Network's Weighty Decisions.
Helms has done commercial voice over work for Burger King, Doritos, Lycos, CDnow.com and Advair.
Helms is the cousin of Wes Helms, a professional baseball player for the Philadelphia Phillies.
After high school, Helms attended Oberlin College in Ohio and graduated with a BA in Film Theory and Technology. He originally was a Geology major for his first two years at Oberlin.
Ed was one of People Magazine's Sexiest Men Alive, 2006. He is found in the "Sexy Men with Glasses" section.
Ed can play the banjo, so the producers of The Office got the idea of his character Andy playing the banjo and they wrote it into the show.
Ed: (On his transition to sitcoms) It was actually a lot smoother and easier than I thought, because this was such an easy cast to kind of walk in and join. They're just so welcoming and fun and cool. And for me, I felt ready to spread my wings and do something a little different. I had been on The Daily Show for five years.
Ed: (On the basis of his The Office character Andy) I think that Andy is just an amalgam of people that have annoyed me over the years. I've tried to do a sort of armchair psychoanalysis of those people and then take that analysis and insert them into Andy. It's incredibly fun to play someone that you don't like. It exorcises your own demons in a way. It's cathartic. We all have things that we don't like about ourselves, little things. And I get to amplify those things and put them out there. It's fun and it has a cleansing effect
Ed: (on becoming a series regular on "The Office") It wasn't until we figured out a contract to become a series regular that I allowed myself the excitement - the ability to really embrace it and be excited about it.
Ed: I'll always be a New Yorker. I'm very rude to people so that makes me a New Yorker.
Ed: I had envisioned doing comedy since childhood. For sure.
Ed: (on becoming financially independent from his parents) That's always been a priority for me, so it's always been something that I have managed to sort of take care of. I'm not saying I wasn't a male hooker for a while. I'm not saying I didn't sell crack for a long time.
Ed: (on his "The Office" character) I think my favorite thing about Andy is his eagerness to break into song. Because that's pretty close to me in real life. I'm really glad that that's found its way into that character just because it's fun and silly.
Ed: (about working on "The Office") I feel like I'm worried about my later years in life because I feel like I'm using up so much good karma right now. There's going to be some sort of karmic backlash somewhere down the road.
Ed: (On being referred to as Jim, who is a different character on "The Office" ) A lot of people will see me and go 'hey Big Tuna' and I'm obviously not Big Tuna. Jim is Big Tuna. People call me Big Tuna when they see me out in the streets. It's funny because it's not quite accurate.
Ed: I don't get sick of politics. I'm actually very infatuated with the political process. What I do get sick of is media coverage of politics.
Ed: (about the best part of his job on "The Daily Show") Waking up in the morning with an occupation I'm excited about and proud of. In the entertainment business, we all kind of whore ourselves into various non-ideal situations. I feel lucky to be involved with something I'm really proud to be a part of.