Brian Unger is an American comedian, writer, producer, and commentator.
Unger was an original correspondent and producer to The Daily Show
, from 1996 to 1999. He is
now a correspondent for NBC's "The Jay Leno Show," and provides
regular commentary to NPR's "All Things Considered." He also
provided regular commentary ("The Unger Report") for the NPR
show Day to Day
from its launch in 2003 until its cancellation, making his final
"Unger Report" on March 16, 2009. He has also served as a guest
host on MSNBC
's Countdown with Keith
. He also hosted the Discovery Channel
show Some Assembly
with University of Virginia Professor of Physics,
Lou Bloomfield, and then eventually hosted the show solo in its
Unger is a
native of Granville,
Ohio. He graduated from Ohio University in 1987, where he majored in communication, and worked on a
television show called Fridays Live, an OU
student-produced comedy show airing on WOUB-TV, the local
Unger recently returned to make a cameo on
the show's Season 17 finale.
While working for The Daily
in 1998, he was named one of Entertainment Weekly'
s "100 Most
Creative People in Entertainment."
Unger's other television
, the Comedy Central
shows Reno 911!
, various I Love
shows on VH1
, It's Always Sunny in
, as well as appearances
Jimmy Kimmel Live
entertainment newsmagazine Extra
, the stand-up comedy DVD Zach Galifianakis
Live at the Purple Onion
. He was also the spokesman for
and Maxwell House Coffee. In 2008
Brian appeared in a BMW documentary about real word testing of BMW
diesels as they embark on a 500 mile road trip from South Carolina
to Virgina. The films purpose was to raise awareness of driving
diesels in the United States (Produced and Directed by Neil Moreno
)From that venture Brian was asked to
be the official spokesman for BMW Advanced Diesel.
Unger's written commentary has appeared in The New York Times and "The Minneapolis
Star Tribune," and has written a book review for The Washington Post.
Unger was one of the co-hosts for the pilot of a new PBS series,
, which aired in
January, 2007 and was subsequently picked up to debut later in the
year, though Unger did not remain involved with the show.