Actor, writer, and producer David Koechner grew up in Tipton, Missouri, working for his father in the family’s turkey coop manufacturing business. He studied political science at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas, and then transferred to the University of Missouri. After college, Koechner moved to Chicago, where he studied improvisation at the IO (formerly the ImprovOlympic) with Del Close and Charna Halpern. He went on to become an ensemble member of Second City Theater Northwest.
From there, Koechner spent one season in the cast of Saturday Night Live before moving to Los Angeles and landing guest appearances on Curb Your Enthusiasm and Reno 911, and a recurring role on Still Standing. He costarred in indie films such as Dill Scallion (1999), Dropping Out (2000), Waking Up in Reno (2002), and Run Ronnie Run (2002), while also turning solid performances in studio comedies such as Out Cold (2001), My Boss’s Daughter (2003), and A Guy Thing (2003). Koechner, along with Dave “Gruber” Allen, developed and performed The Naked Trucker & T-Bones Show on stage at Club Largo in Los Angeles. The show later became a Comedy Central series.
Koechner’s major film break came when he was cast as Champ Kind in Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004), a role he reprised in 2013’s Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. Koechner has been seen in a variety of studio and independent films such as Daltry Calhoun (2005), The Dukes of Hazzard (2005), The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005), Waiting… (2005), Yours, Mine & Ours (2005), Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006), Snakes on a Plane (2006), Let’s Go to Prison (2006), Semi-Pro (2008), Get Smart (2008), My One and Only (2009), The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard (2009), Extract (2009), Final Destination 5 (2011), Paul (2011), A Haunted House (2013), Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse (2015), Priceless (2016), Legendary’s Krampus (2015), the animated feature Barnyard (2006), the critically acclaimed Thank You for Smoking (2005), and the film festival award-winning thriller Cheap Thrills (2013). He also starred in the Fox Atomic comedy The Comebacks (2007). Recent film projects include Then Came You (2018), Braking for Whales (2019), A Week Away (2021), and the indie horror-thriller, Vicious Fun (2020).
Koechner currently co-hosts A&E’s America’s Top Dog, plays Bill Lewis on ABC’s The Goldbergs, and recently appeared on ABC’s Bless This Mess, CBS’s Superior Donuts, Showtime’s Twin Peaks, Comedy Central’s Another Period, and IFC’s Stan Against Evil. He also voices reoccurring characters on FOX’s American Dad and Netflix’s F is for Family and The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants. Koechner is well known for his character Todd Packer on NBC’s hit comedy The Office.
When not filming, Koechner performs live comedy across the country and creates original content videos for his YouTube channel, Full On Koechner. He also cohosts Big Slick Celebrity Weekend—an annual charity event benefitting Children’s Mercy Hospital of Kansas City—with fellow KC natives, Rob Riggle, Paul Rudd, Jason Sudeikis, and Eric Stonestreet. Koechner currently resides in Los Angeles, California.