Ed Helms feels a song coming on. Make that a dozen songs.
The actor, who's best known for his comedic chops on TV's "The Office" and the "Hangover" movies, also has some impressive musical chops. He sings and plays guitar and banjo on "The Lonesome Trio," his bluegrass group's eponymous debut disc that drops Tuesday, June 16, and also features Jacob Tilove on mandolin and Ian Riggs on bass.
While this is Helms' first album, it's not the first time you've heard him sing. Here are some more musical high notes of Helms' career.
THE OFFICE (2006-13) As insecure and inept Andy Bernard, Helms would often break into song for no apparent reason, such as his rendition of "Drift Away" during a car ride with co-worker Jim Halpert (John Krasinski). Then again, sometimes there was an apparent reason, like the time he performed in a community theater production of "Sweeney Todd."
THE HANGOVER (2009) Proving that music really does have charms to soothe the savage beast, Helms played piano as he sang the lullaby "Stu's Song," which he co-wrote with director Todd Phillips, to a tiger. Among the tender lyrics: "What do tigers dream of, when they take a little tiger snooze? Do they dream of mauling zebras, or Halle Berry in her Catwoman suit?" Helms also played guitar and parodied Billy Joel's "Allentown" in 2011's "The Hangover Part II."
THE LORAX (2012) Helms lent his voice to The Once-ler in this animated film of the classic Dr. Seuss tale. He also sang many of the tunes in the movie, including "These Trees," "How Bad Can I Be?" and "Let It Grow," which also featured Betty White, among others.
HOPELESS WANDERER (2013) Mumford & Sons decided to try something different for this music video, so they cast Helms as pianist Ben Lovett, along with Jason Bateman, Will Forte and Jason Sudeikis as the other band members. The results were hysterical, especially when the guys perform in a rowboat, do-si-do in barbershop quartet outfits and cap things off by destroying their instruments.
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VACATION (2015) If you've seen the trailer for this road-trip comedy, then you've heard a snippet of Helms' rendition of Seal's "Kiss From a Rose," performed while his character's wife (Christina Applegate) is trying to catch some Z's in the front seat and his sons are attacking each other in the back. You'll have to wait until the movie opens July 29 for the full-length version of Helms' song.