Kattan was a member of several improv
troupes one of them being The Groundlings
in Los Angeles
. His father was an original member of the troupe.
Kattan also did some minor roles on TV, including the first episode of the second season of NewsRadio
, "No, This Is Not Based Entirely on Julie's Life
," as a photo shop employee.
He moved to New York City
to work on Saturday Night Live
from 1995 to 2003. His recurring characters included Mr. Peepers
, Azrael Abyss
, Kyle DeMarco from The DeMarco Brothers
, Gay Hitler
, Suel Forrester
(known for the term "dagitybo") and, most notably, one half of the Butabi Brothers
with fellow SNL
(and Groundlings) cast member Will Ferrell
, known for their trademark head-bobbing. Kattan and Ferrell continued the characters in 1998's A Night at the Roxbury
Kattan has made one appearance on Broadway
, playing Xanthias
in a production of Aristophanes' The Frogs
until his replacement during previews by Roger Bart
Kattan was set to host the game show Gameshow In My Head
and even filmed the pilot episode
However, he was replaced with Joe Rogan
for the series.
Kattan appeared in a Diet Pepsi MAX
commercial during Super Bowl XLII
that featured "What Is Love
" and had many actors in the commercial performing the Butabi head bob.
In August 2009 Kattan starred in the IFC miniseries Bollywood Hero
, where he portrays himself and the difficulties he faces after a career as a comic actor, trying to attain leading man
Starting in fall of 2009, Kattan appeared in a supporting role in The Middle
. Kattan plays Bob, a colleague of Frankie Heck's at Mr. Ehlert's car dealership.
Kattan appeared in the May 17[when?]
episode of How I Met Your Mother
as a star in a fictional movie within the show. He played himself acting as Jed Mosely, a character based on the main character Ted with an arrogant personality.
In December 2011, Kattan made a guest appearance on Saturday Night Live's
Christmas show, hosted by Jimmy Fallon