He began doing stand-up comedy in his late teens in Iowa.
After graduation he moved to LA to further hone his improve his performing and comedy writing skills. He did improve at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater and found a gig writing for College Humor.
His popularity drew the attention of Saturday Night Live who signed him to be a featured member of their cast for the 2013 season. He issued a tweet on Monday, July 14, 2014 stating:
“Had a blast and loved every second of it. I’m totally honored to be able to make this next joke… FIRED FROM NEW YORK IT’S SATURDAY NIGHT!”