On the New Girl episode “What About Fred?”, while Nick (Jake Johnson) and Schmidt (Max Greenfield) quibble over how to run the bar, Jess (Zooey Deschanel) decides it’s time to date again. She ends up going out with a dud spud named Fred. Problem is: Jess really likes his parents Nancy (Julie Hagerty) and Flip (Henry Winkler). Who wouldn’t like a grown man named Flip?
Fred is portrayed by Taran Killam. He’s best known for his various roles on Saturday Night Live (Ted Cruz, Steve Doocy) and MADtv, How I Met Your Mother (Gary Blauman), and Scrubs (Jimmy). Killam will appear next on the big screen in the comedy Brother in Laws with Bill Pullman, Rachael Harris, Rita Wilson and SNL pal Bobby Moynihan and Kenan Thompson. It was pitched as “Meet the Parents meets What About Bob?. P.S. Killam is married to Cobie Smulders (Robin on How I Met Your Mother). New Girl airs Tuesdays at 8pm on FOX.