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Paul Rust
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Rust in 2016
Paul Robert Rust

(1981-04-12) April 12, 1981 (age 39)
OccupationActor, comedian, writer, musician
Years active2003–present
(m. 2015)
Musical career
  • Vocals
  • bass guitar
Associated actsDon't Stop or We'll Die

Paul Robert Rust (born April 12, 1981) is an American actor, comedian and writer. He starred in the 2009 film I Love You, Beth Cooper and in the Netflix series Love.

Early life

Rust was born in Le Mars, Iowa, the son of Jeanne and Bob Rust.[1] His family is of German heritage.[2] Rust was raised Roman Catholic and attended Gehlen Catholic High School. His mother was a teacher at Le Mars Community High School and his father owned a Western goods and boot-repair shop.[3] He graduated from the University of Iowa in May 2004.[1][4]

Rust struggled with obsessive-compulsive disorder in his youth.[3]


Rust is best known as a stand-up and sketch comedian at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in Los Angeles, where he is a member of the sketch comedy group A Kiss from Daddy and the improv team Last Day of School. He has appeared in films such as Inglourious Basterds, Ass Backwards, Freak Dance, Paper Heart and Semi-Pro. He made his most high-profile acting role in summer 2009, playing the male lead in the comedy film I Love You, Beth Cooper alongside Hayden Panettiere. Rust has written for television programs such as Human Giant and Moral Orel.

In November 2010, Rust appeared in the Comedy Central sketch comedy special This Show Will Get You High, created by and starring Matt Besser. He and Paul Reubens co-wrote the Pee-Wee Herman film Pee-wee's Big Holiday, which was released in 2016.[5]

Rust appears as a frequent guest on the Comedy Bang! Bang! podcast, where he is best known for his "New No-Nos" segment.[6] He has written for IFC's Comedy Bang! Bang! and also as a writer and story editor on the revived for Netflix fourth season of Arrested Development in 2013.

Rust starred in the Judd Apatow-produced Netflix series Love (2016–2018) with Gillian Jacobs. He co-created the show with his wife, Lesley Arfin.

Rust and the comedian Charlyne Yi formed the band The Glass Beef in 2006. They appeared together in a video for "Song Away" by Hockey. He is also the lead singer and bass guitar player in the comedy rock duo Don't Stop or We'll Die with fellow comedian Michael Cassady. The band had Harris Wittels on drums until his death.

Personal life

Rust married the comedy writer and author Lesley Arfin in October 2015.[3] They have a daughter born in 2017.[7]



Year Title Role Notes
2004 Exquisite Corpse Jackson
2008 Semi-Pro Wheelchair Darren
2008 Psycho Sleepover Carl Sandersburg
2009 Inglourious Basterds Pfc. Andy Kagan
2009 I Love You, Beth Cooper Denis Cooverman
2011 Freak Dance Weed Fiend
2013 Ass Backwards Seth
2013 iSteve Billy Corgan
2016 Pee-wee's Big Holiday Ernie Also co-writer
2017 Fun Mom Dinner Barry
2019 Between Two Ferns: The Movie Eugene Tennyson
TBA Queenpins Albert Anderson Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2006 Drake & Josh Ethan Episode: "Mindy Loves Josh"
2006 Cheap Seats Canadian Violent Hugger Episode: "Amazing Games: International Toughmen"
2007 The Right Now! Show Cast Member TV special
2009 Late Night with Jimmy Fallon The Pie Sniffer 1 episode
2010 The Sarah Silverman Program Customer Episode: "Smellin' of Troy"
2010–2013 Aqua Teen Hunger Force Various voices 2 episodes
2011 Mr. Sunshine Director 2 episodes
2011–2012 The Life & Times of Tim Various voices 2 episodes
2012 The Aquabats! Super Show! Ronmark Episode: "Night of the Cactus!"
2012 Eagleheart Schwartz Episode: "Honor Thy Marshal"; uncredited
2012 Best Friends Forever Kurt McAfee Episode: "Fatal Blow Out"
2012–2016 Comedy Bang! Bang! Various roles 9 episodes; also writer
2012 Parks and Recreation Brian Raisins Episode: "Leslie vs. April"
2012 NTSF:SD:SUV:: Sid Episode: "16 Hop Street"
2012 Animal Practice Jerry Episode: "Clean-Smelling Pirate"
2012–2013 Tron: Uprising Ott (voice) 2 episodes
2012–2015 Bob's Burgers Jonas / various voices 3 episodes
2013 Arrested Development Writer, story editor (season 4)
2013 The Greatest Event in Television History Director Episode: "Hart to Hart"
2013–2014 Super Fun Night Benji 8 episodes
2016–2018 Love Gus Cruikshank 34 episodes; also co-creator, executive producer, writer
2016 Bajillion Dollar Propertie$ Ricky Episode: "Farsi Lessons"
2016–2018 Animals. Mason / P.A. (voice) 3 episodes
2017 SuperMansion Freckles (voice) Episode: "Virtual Reality Bites"
2018 American Dad! Demetri Weinsteinpolis (voice) Episode: "The Never-Ending Stories"
2019 Brooklyn Nine-Nine Mikey Joseph Episode: "The Tattler"
2019 Black Monday Brandt Episode: "364"
2019 Drunk History John Wojtowicz Episode: "Love"
2021 The Great North Ham (voice) Main role


Albums (with Don't Stop or We'll Die)
  • Gorgeous (2014)[8]
  • Dazzle Me (2018)[9]
EPs (with Don't Stop or We'll Die)
  • The Ballad of Bird and Fox (2008)[10]
  • One of the Gang (2011)[11]


  1. ^ a b Landegent, Magdalene (May 18, 2009). "Love and war: Paul Rust on the big screen". Le Mars Daily Sentinel. Retrieved May 18, 2009.
  2. ^
  3. ^ a b c "Episode 795 - Paul Rust / Dax Shepard". WTF with Marc Maron Podcast. Retrieved August 4, 2017.
  4. ^ Fett, Jeff (August 4, 2004). "Paul Rust fulfills his dream". Le Mars Daily Sentinel. Retrieved May 18, 2009.
  5. ^ Littleton, Cynthia (June 30, 2010). "Apatow developing Pee-wee Herman pic". Variety.
    - Landegent, Magdalene, "We're behind you, Paul Rust", LeMars Daily Sentinel, July 20, 2009. Retrieved March 15, 2016.
  6. ^ Anthony, David, Austin Bernhardt, Trip Cook, et al, "Everybody Visits Everybody as Podcasters Ring in the Holidays",, December 21, 2012. Retrieved March 16, 2016.
  7. ^ Jen Juneau, "Paul Rust and Lesley Arfin Welcome Daughter Mary James", People, October 17, 2017
  8. ^ Evans, Bradford. "Don't Stop Or We'll Die Released Their First Full-Length Album Today". Vulture. Retrieved November 30, 2018.
  9. ^ "That Dazzles Me Already, episode #575 of Comedy Bang Bang: The Podcast on Earwolf". Earwolf. Earwolf Media. Retrieved November 30, 2018.
  10. ^ "The Ballad of Bird and Fox EP - Don't Stop or We'll Die". Allmusic. Retrieved November 30, 2018.
  11. ^ "Don't Stop or We'll Die - One of the Gang (album review)". Sputnik Music. Retrieved November 30, 2018.

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