Dan Bakkedahl (born November 18, 1969) is an American improvisational actor, comedian and teacher from Chicago‘s Second City. Born in Rochester, Minnesota and raised in Stuart, Florida, he attended St. Cloud State University in Minnesota before completing his studies at Florida State University where he was a member of the Chi Phi Fraternity.
After college, Bakkedahl toured for a year with the Repertory Theater of America. After moving to Chicago, he made a name for himself at the Improv Olympic performing in the influential two-man improv show ZUMPF with his teacher Miles Stroth. Dan went on to perform at the Second Citymainstage, eventually writing “Doors Open on the Right,” Second City’s 90th Revue. In Chicago, he is often noted for having left the Second City mainstage due to artistic differences.
Bakkedahl’s best known television work was on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show where he served as a correspondent from 2005 to 2007. After leaving The Daily Show in 2007, he has since moved to Los Angeles with his family and filmed supporting roles in the films Observe and Report and Horrible Bosses. He also appeared in the Snake ‘N Bacon animated special on Adult Swim, which aired on May 10, 2009. In early 2010, he co-starred in the comedy pilot “Our Show” on NBC.
Bakkedahl is a member of the advisory council of the California Shakespeare Theater.