As Jon Stewart’s 16-year stint as host of The Daily Show comes to an end tonight, you can be sure that Ed Helms will be tuning in. The Daily Show, after all, is where many of us were first introduced to him as one of the show’s correspondents from 2002 through 2006.
Helms would later star on later seasons of The Office and as a member of The Hangover cast, becoming a household name. But before his career even began, prior to his satirical field segments on The Daily Show, Helms found his love for comedy through Chevy Chase.
“He’s my hero. I grew up just obsessed with Chevy Chase,” says Helms. “If I could have had a Chevy Chase action figure instead of my Luke Skywalker action figure, that’s what I would have bought.”
Helms stars in the latest installment of National Lampoon’s Vacation series, aptly titled Vacation, playing a role familiar to fans of the series; Rusty Griswold. As we all know, Rusty was the son to Chevy Chase’s Clark Griswold.
“I was obsessed with the guy and I loved these Vacation movies as a kid and it’s really a dream come true to just step in and play in the Griswold universe,” says Helms, adding, “With none other than the great Clark Griswold himself, Chevy Chase.”
Vacation is in theaters now and also stars Christina Applegate as Debbie Griswold, Rusty’s wife, and Chevy Chase, who will reprise his roll as Clark Griswold.
Listen to Scott Shannon’s full interview with Ed Helms below.