Abby Elliott

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Abby Elliott
Born Abigail Elliott
(1987-06-16) June 16, 1987 (age 27)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Education Immaculate High School
Alma mater Marymount Manhattan College
Occupation Actress, comedian
Years active 2006–present
Home town Wilton, Connecticut, U.S.
Parent(s) Paula Niedert
Chris Elliott
Relatives Bob Elliott (grandfather)

Abigail "Abby" Elliott (born June 16, 1987) is an American actress and comedian best known for her four seasons as a cast member on Saturday Night Live from 2008 to 2012. She is the daughter of comedian Chris Elliott.

Early life[edit]

Elliott was born in New York City, the eldest of two children. She is the daughter of Paula Niedert, a talent coordinator, and actor/comedian Chris Elliott. Her grandfather is radio comedian Bob Elliott.[1] Elliott and her younger sister Bridget (nicknamed "Bridey") were raised in Wilton, Connecticut.[2] She attended high school at Immaculate High School in Danbury, Connecticut, where she acted in school plays and musicals. After graduating from Immaculate High School in 2005, she attended Marymount Manhattan College in New York City but dropped out during the first semester.[1]

Career[edit]

Elliott took comedy classes at The Groundlings and eventually began training and performing in various sketch comedy shows at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre (UCB) in Los Angeles.[3]

In 2006, Elliott appeared with supporting roles for the pilots You've Reached The Elliotts and Chrissy: Plain & Simple, both sitcom that star her father, Chris Elliott.[2] While at UCBT, she frequently performed with The Midnight Show sketch troupe. She has also occasionally performed comedy with her younger sister Bridey. Before joining the cast of SNL, Elliott had also done guest voices roles on King of The Hill and Minoriteam.[4] She has also been featured in a number of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon sketches such as "Jersey Floor" and "Studio 6-Bee".[5][6] Elliott made her film debut with a small role in No Strings Attached and has since had supporting roles in the films High Road and Fun Size.[7][8]

Since leaving SNL in 2012, Elliott has made guest appearances on television programs such as 2 Broke Girls, How I Met Your Mother, Happy Endings, and Inside Amy Schumer.[9] She also co-stars in the upcoming Bravo series Odd Mom Out, premiering in June 2015.

Saturday Night Live[edit]

Elliott joined the cast of SNL midway through the 2008–2009 season (season 34), in November 2008, following the departure of Amy Poehler.[4] She is the third generation of her family to have been featured on SNL (the second to be hired as a cast member, and her tenure on the show was longer than both her father and grandfather). Her father Chris Elliott was an SNL cast member during the 1994–1995 season (season 20) and her grandfather Bob Elliott was one half of the popular comedy duo Bob & Ray. Bob Elliott co-starred on a Christmas episode in the 1978–1979 season (fourth season).[1][3]

After four seasons on SNL, Elliott was let go from the show prior to its 38th season.[7]

Celebrity impressions on SNL[edit]

Elliott's many celebrity impressions during her tenure on SNL included Christina Aguilera,[10] Anne Hathaway,[10] Katy Perry,[10] Angelina Jolie,[10] Joan Cusack,[11] Anna Faris,[12] Khloé Kardashian,[13] Laura Linney (as Cathy Jamison in The Big C),[14] Rachel Maddow,[13] Sarah McLachlan,[15] Marilyn Monroe,[16] Brittany Murphy (whose sole appearance as her was removed from all reruns following Murphy's death in December 2009),[17] Ke$ha,[18] Rosie Pope,[13] Leah Remini,[19] Chloë Sevigny,[20] Meryl Streep,[13] Jamie Lynn Spears,[21] Zooey Deschanel,[13] Jewel,[22] Lea Michele (as Rachel Berry from Glee),[23] Belle (from Beauty and the Beast),[24] and Jennifer Lawrence (as Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games).[25][26]

Recurring characters on SNL[edit]

  • Shirley, one of the singing sisters on The Lawrence Welk Show
  • One of the French girls in "Les Jeunes de Paris"
  • Fur Coat Rhonda, one of the comedians in "The Original Kings of Catchphrase Comedy"
  • Paula, one of Gilly's classmates that always tattles on her.

Personal life[edit]

In August 2010, media outlets reported Elliott was dating fellow Saturday Night Live cast member Fred Armisen.[27] They ended their relationship in September 2011.[28]

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
2011 No Strings Attached Joy
2011 My Animie Girlfriend Yuruki Short film
2011 High Road Monica
2012 Fun Size Lara
2014 Life Partners Vanessa
2014 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Taylor
2014 Sex Ed Trish
Television
Year Title Role Notes
2006 Minoriteam Computer (voice) Episode: "The Internet 2.0"
2008–2012 Saturday Night Live Herself / Various 81 episodes
2008 King of the Hill Various voices 4 episodes
2009 Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday Kristen Cavallari Episode: "2.2"
2012 Ugly Americans Emily (voice) Episode: "Journey to the Center of Twayne"
2012 2 Broke Girls Ruth Episode: "And the New Boss"
2013–2014 How I Met Your Mother Jeanette Peterson 5 episodes
2013 Happy Endings Katie Episode: "The Straight Dope"
2013–2014 Inside Amy Schumer Bree / Joselyn 2 episodes
2014 Garfunkel & Oates Chevrolet Episode: "Rule 34"
2015 Odd Mom Out Brooke Main cast

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Zuckerman, Ed (November 11, 2009). "A Professionally Funny Family". The New York Times. Retrieved January 7, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Happy Birthday To Wilton’s Abigail 'Abby' Elliott". wilton.dailyvoice.com. June 16, 2014. Retrieved March 7, 2015. 
  3. ^ a b Nellie, Andreeva (November 12, 2008). "'SNL' taps Abby Elliott, Michaela Watkins". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  4. ^ a b Littleton, Cynthia (November 12, 2008). "Elliott, Watkins join ‘SNL’ cast". variety.com. Retrieved March 7, 2015. 
  5. ^ Power, Lindsay (May 6, 2011). "Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Jimmy Fallon Mock NBC in 'Jersey Shore' Spoof (Video)". hollywoodreporter.com. Retrieved March 7, 2015. 
  6. ^ Barrett, Annie (February 2, 2010). "Jimmy Fallon parodies 'Glee': Living on a prayer for cue cards". ew.com. Retrieved March 7, 2015. 
  7. ^ a b "Exclusive: Abby Elliott on Her New Movie, A Role on 'How I Met Your Mother,' and Leaving 'SNL'". Elle. Retrieved October 12, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Not so Fun Size comedy". The Irish News. November 2, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Happy Endings -- Abby Elliott to guest star - Inside TV - EW.com". EW.com. Retrieved December 15, 2014. 
  10. ^ a b c d Rechtschaffen, Michael (June 19, 2011). "Entertainment Celebrities – Guess the celebrity's daddy". WinnipegSun.com (Canoe.com). QMI. 
  11. ^ Brown, Lane (November 12, 2008). "‘SNL’ Adds Two New Women!". vulture.com. Retrieved March 7, 2015. 
  12. ^ Gonzalez, Sandra (August 27, 2012). "'How I Met Your Mother' casting: Abby Elliott scores first post-'SNL' gig -- EXCLUSIVE". ew.com. Retrieved March 7, 2015. 
  13. ^ a b c d e Wallenstein, Andrew (August 17, 2012). "‘SNL’ autopsy: What killed Abby Elliott?". variety.com. Retrieved March 7, 2015. 
  14. ^ Ram, Archana (September 26, 2010). "'Saturday Night Live' recap: Justin Timberlake, Katy Perry, and Gov. Paterson help Amy Poehler kick off a new season". ew.com. Retrieved March 7, 2015. 
  15. ^ Sheffield, Rob (February 15, 2015). "'Saturday Night Live': All 141 Cast Members Ranked". rollingstone.com. Retrieved March 7, 2015. 
  16. ^ Yuan, Annie (April 10, 2011). "Helen Mirren, SNL Poke Fun at 'The Kennedys' (Video)". hollywoodreporter.com. Retrieved March 7, 2015. 
  17. ^ Itzkoff, Dave (December 21, 2009). "‘Saturday Night Live’ Skit About Brittany Murphy Disappears From Web Sites". nytimes.com. Retrieved March 7, 2015. 
  18. ^ Chiu, David (November 14, 2012). "Scarlett Johansson Guests on “SNL”". nbcbayarea.com. Retrieved March 7, 2015. 
  19. ^ Ryan, Mike (March 14, 2011). "Who Scored Big in Week 17 of SNL's Relevancy Poll?". movieline.com. Retrieved March 7, 2015. 
  20. ^ "Fred Armisen dating 23-year-old ‘SNL’ costar after split from wife: report". nypost.com. August 19, 2010. Retrieved March 7, 2015. 
  21. ^ "Lost in New York? Buh-bye Grissom, a Bare Ass and More Top Moments!". tvguide.com. January 16, 2009. Retrieved March 7, 2015. 
  22. ^ Fowler, Brandi (May 20, 2012). "Mick Jagger Takes on Steven Tyler, Kristen Wiig Says Goodbye to Saturday Night Live". eonline.com. Retrieved March 7, 2015. 
  23. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (February 23, 2012). "'Saturday Night Live's' Abby Elliott Nabs Lead in Fox Comedy Pilot". hollywoodreporter.com. Retrieved March 7, 2015. 
  24. ^ "Lindsay Lohan returns to 'SNL,' and gets lots of support from the cast. Sort of.". today.com. March 4, 2012. Retrieved March 7, 2015. 
  25. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (August 15, 2012). "Abby Elliott Not Returning to 'Saturday Night Live'". hollywoodreporter.com. Retrieved March 7, 2015. 
  26. ^ Busis, Hillary (April 8, 2012). "'Saturday Night Live' recap: An ad-tastic show, featuring Sofia Vergara and... Gilly?". ew.com. Retrieved March 7, 2015. 
  27. ^ Oh, Eunice; Triggs, Charlotte (August 19, 2010). "Fred Armisen and Abby Elliott's Relationship in 'Early Stages'". People. 
  28. ^ Triggs, Charlotte (September 27, 2011). "Fred Armisen and Abby Elliott Split". people.com. Retrieved March 7, 2015. 

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