At a glance:Brooks Wheelan is a stand-up comedian, actor and writer who was a cast member on Saturday Night Live for the 2013–2014 season.
Brooks Wheelan is a stand-up comedian, actor and writer who was a cast member on Saturday Night Live for the 2013–2014 season. Wheelan was born Brooks Patrick Wheelan in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on August 21, 1986 and raised in Manchester, Iowa, the son of Chris and Jim Wheelan. Growing up, his interest mostly focused on science and mathematics. He performed regularly in Iowa City during his college years. He graduated from the University of Iowa in 2009 with a biomedical engineering degree.
Wheelan started performing stand-up comedy in his late teens in Iowa, then went to Kansas City and Chicago, before eventually moving to Los Angeles where he began to perform stand-up comedy full-time. Before joining Saturday Night Live, he performed stand-up comedy in Los Angeles while he had a job as a biomedical engineer, doing research on eyes and heart valves. In 2013, Wheelan was hired to write for Saturday Night Live for the 2013–2014 season and was made a cast member the week before the season started. After being fired from Saturday Night Live, Wheelan embarked on a stand-up tour entitled ‘Brooks Wheelan Falls Back On Standup Comedy (sorta) Tour’, in reference to his firing. As part of his promotion for the tour he performed on Conan.
Wheelan’s first stand-up comedy album This is Cool, Right? was released on 27 January 2015 to critical acclaim. The Laugh Button called it, “One of the best albums of 2015.” While the A.V. Club wrote, “This Is Cool, Right? is at turns manic, honest, and completely absurd. Brooks crafts jokes not unlike sketches, and has an ear for storytelling that finds universal truths in the examining of his personal life.” As part of the promotion for the record, he appeared on Late Night with Seth Meyers. Wheelan also has a Comedy Central half-hour stand-up special airing in summer 2015.