Ben Schwartz: Living Large In The 'House Of Lies'

Ben Schwartz is about to wrap up his fourth season playing Clyde Oberholt on ‘House Of Lies.'

The first part of the finale is a war brewing between Marty (Don Cheadle) and his white-knight investor (guest star Mary McCormack) over control of Marty's company. Marty hires a private investigator (guest star Kevin Pollak) to dig up dirt on her. Meanwhile, Jeannie (Kristen Bell) mulls a lucrative job offer while Clyde deals with his estranged father (guest star Fred Melamed), who arrives on Clyde's doorstep unexpectedly. 

The second part is a nail-biter where Marty is trying to keep his company from imploding by convincing a ballroom full of high-powered CEOs to stay on with him, by any means necessary. All while Jeannie is in the throes of delivering their baby. Clyde (Ben Schwartz), Doug (Josh Lawson) and Kelsey (guest star Valorie Curry) await word from Google, who might be buying their app for untold millions.

Fun facts about Ben Schwartz (Source: Wikipedia)

On television, Schwartz guest-starred as Jean-Ralphio Saperstein on NBC's Parks and Recreation and is a lead in the Showtime show House of Lies with Don Cheadle, Kristen Belland Josh Lawson. In 2010, Schwartz played series regular Bill Hoyt on J. J. Abrams' one-hour spy drama Undercovers for NBC.

Schwartz has been writing, directing and acting in his own short films for some time. He had his own segment on HBO's Funny or Die Presents called Terrible Decisions with Ben Schwartz and has appeared in multiple CollegeHumor sketches including the popular web series Jake and Amir. Schwartz has been nominated for two Emmys and won the 2009 Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Special for coauthoring Hugh Jackman's opening number for the 81st Academy Awards.

He was recently hired by Paramount Pictures to re-make the 1991 classic comedy Soapdish, retitled El Fuego Caliente and reworking the original's American soap opera into a Latin telenovela, with producers Rob Reiner and Alan Greisman, and he sold an original pitch to Universal Studios based on an idea by Brian Grazer with Imagine Entertainment attached to produce. He was a staff writer for the third season of Adult Swim's Robot Chicken and served as a freelance writer for the Weekend Update segment of Saturday Night Live as well as the monologues for the Late Show with David Letterman.

Schwartz is an alumnus of the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre (UCBT) and continues to perform there regularly. He is a member of the improv group "Hot Sauce" with Adam Pally and Gil Ozeri, the group performs their long-form improv show "Something Fresh" at UCBT every month.

Two-episode season finale of ‘House Of Lies' airs Sunday night at 10:00pm on Showtime.

Follow Ben Schwartz on Twitter: @rejectedjokes

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