Myrin backstage at the Cynthia Rowley fashion show in September 2011
December 10, 1973 |
Little Compton, Rhode Island, U.S.
|Spouse||Dan Martin (2007–present)|
Myrin has appeared in many films, including Bachelorette, Kinsey and What Women Want. Notable television credits include guest roles on Orange Is The New Black, Fresh Off the Boat, Key and Peele, Inside Amy Schumer, Hung,Friends and Reno 911!.
Myrin was been a frequent panelist on E!'s Chelsea Lately roundtable, appearing over 100 times . She has also appeared twice as a guest on internet podcast Two Jacks in the Hole and twice appeared on the USA Network show Psych as a stalker with an attraction for older men.
Early life and education
Myrin was born on December 10, 1973 in Little Compton, Rhode Island, a seaside fishing village. Her father was an accountant, and her mother was a real estate agent. She has an older brother, Alarik. As a child, she staged her neighborhood plays, and she enjoyed seeing Annie on Broadway. Myrin attended the Friends Academy in Dartmouth, Massachusetts, where she graduated in 1988. She then attended Middlesex School in Concord, Massachusetts for high school. She is of Swedish and Norwegian heritage.
Afterwards, Myrin attended Colorado College, a small liberal arts school, where she received a degree in theater and studio arts and she was elected commencement speaker at her graduation. During one college break, Myrin began to study improvisational comedy and worked as an intern on NBC's Late Night with Conan O'Brien in 1993–94, where she admits she "mostly ran the Xerox machine".
Soon after graduation, Myrin briefly moved to Chicago when she became a member of the Improv Olympic and later re-located to Los Angeles where she was part of the same group. One of her memorable standup comedian acts included a section of her own life experiences called “Straight Outta Lil' Compton”. Myrin also trained with the L.A. Comedy troupe The Groundlings.
Myrin returned to New York and appeared in commercials while working as a waitress and taking acting classes. She caught a break when two casting directors sent an agent to see her newly minted stand-up comedy act, which netted her an agency contract.
Myrin officially joined the cast of MADtv in 2005 as a repertory performer for the eleventh season and remained with the show until it was canceled in 2009. Her characters included "Crafty Gal Kendra" and Alana from "Holly Meadow Estates". Her impersonations included Jennifer Love Hewitt, Jillian Barberie, Katherine Heigl, Tara Reid, Cindy McCain, Alex Borstein (as Lois Griffin from Family Guy), Kourtney Kardashian, Heidi Montag, Goldie Hawn, Ali Lohan, Avril Lavigne, Mayim Bialik, Lily Allen, Jamie Lynn Spears, Emily Osment, and Portia de Rossi. She also played Melinda Calkins, a GUYCO (A parody of GEICO) customer, who appears in a GUYCO commercial telling the story of when she was in a car accident and Elmo from Sesame Street is hired as the celebrity who helps tell her story. She says she was on her way to her mother's funeral with her father and her sister when suddenly, a truck hit them head on and Elmo says "Elmo say that must have given you a boo boo!" and laughs. Melinda then says that her father flew through the windshield and hit his head on an iron fence and the airbag broke her sister's head and they're still looking for it. Elmo replies, "When Elmo loses things, Elmo retrace his steps!", and then laughs again. Melinda says that her insurance is GUYCO and Elmo says that he's going to count the street sign just as the police comes by with a body bag on a stretcher. The sign said "311" as Elmo reads it. Elmo then says, "Elmo love to read!", and laughs again. Melinda says she's sorry that just happened and asks if they can do it later and Elmo says "Tickle Elmo!" and laughs. Melinda is so annoyed with Elmo laughing when her parents are dead that she throws Elmo into the street (Him landing in the street happens offscreen, but the effects can be heard). The sound of a car slamming on its brakes is heard and Melinda runs away.
- Alana (Holly Meadow Estates)
- Kendra (Jazzed for Crafts)
- Lindsey (Apple iPad)
On December 30, 2007, Myrin married Dan Martin, a comedy writer she first met in 2001.
|Year||Title||Role||Notes||Box Office Performance|
|1997||I Think I Do||as Wendy||Comedy Movie||$345,478|
|1997||Deconstructing Harry||as Mary||Comedy Movie||$10,686,841|
|1997||In & Out||as Student||Comedy Movie||$63,856,929|
|1998||The Impostors||as Stewardess with Luggageas||Comedy Movie||$2,198,044|
|1999||30 Days||as Stacey||Comedy Movie|
|2000||What Women Want||as Darcy's Assistant||Comedy Romance Movie||$374,111,707|
|2001||Bubble Boy||as Lorraine||Comedy Adventure Movie||$5,007,898|
|2002||Highway||as Lucy||Comedy Drama Movie|
|2002||Auto Focus||Hippie Girl||Comedy Movie||$2,704,951|
|2003||Farm Sluts||as Larry's Co-worker||Comedy Movie|
|2003||Soul Mates||as Julie||Comedy Movie|
|2003||Dry Cycle||as Sarah||Comedy Movie|
|2004||Kinsey||as Emily||Biography Drama Movie||$10,254,979|
|2004||Whistlin' Dixie||as Bunny LeVine||Comedy Movie|
|2004||Christmas with the Kranks||as Daisy||Comedy Movie||$96,572,480|
|2005||Heart of the Beholder||as Patty||Drama Movie|
|2005||I'm Not Gay||as Foreperson||Comedy Movie|
|2007||Evan Almighty||as Evan's Staffer||Comedy Movie||$173,391,888|
|2009||The Informant!||as Sarah Scott||Comedy Movie||$33,316,821|
|2013||Wrong Cops||as Shirley||Comedy|
|1996||The Royale||as Daphne|
|1997–1999||Working||as Abby Cosgrove||NBC Comedy||39 Episodes|
|1999||Just Shoot Me!||as Amy||NBC Comedy||1 Episode|
|2000||Nikki||as Amy||The WB Comedy||1 Episode|
|2001||Friends||as Brenda||NBC Comedy||1 Episode|
|2003||On the Spot||as Caramel||The WB Comedy|
|2004||I'm with Her||as Girl||ABC Comedy|
|2004||Reno 911!||as Miss Nude Reno 1||Comedy Central Comedy|
|2005||Gilmore Girls||as Honor's Bridesmaid||Warner Brothers|
|2005||Kitchen Confidential||as Wendy||FOX Comedy|
|2005–2009||MADtv||as Various Characters||FOX Comedy||(Season 11–14) 82 Episodes|
|2007–2008||That's So Hollywood||as Herself|
|2007–Present||Chelsea Lately||as Herself||E! Network Comedy|
|2007||Good Day LA||as Herself|
|2009||True Jackson, VP||as Jenna Lutrell||Nickelodeon Comedy|
|2009||Michael and Michael Have Issues||as Various Characters|
|2009||It's On with Alexa Chung||as Herself... regular guest|
|2010||Party Down||as Vanna||Starz Comedy||1 Episode|
|2011||Hung||as Joanie||HBO Comedy||1 Episode|
|2011||RuPaul's Drag Race 3||Guest judge (as herself)||Logo||1 Episode|
|2011||Suburgatory||as Jocelyn||ABC Comedy||Recurring|
|2012||Delocated||as Marlo||Adult Swim Comedy||1 Episode|
|2012-2013||Psych||as Chelsea||2 Episodes|
|2013||Orange Is the New Black||as Doctor Brooks||Netflix||1 Episode|
|2014||@midnight||as Herself||4 Episodes|
|2014||Legit||as Tess||FXX||1 Episode|
|2014||Anger Management||as Paula||FX||1 Episode|
|2015||Fresh Off the Boat||as Ashley Alexander||ABC Comedy||3 Episodes|
- "Making It Podcast: Episode 17". The Nerdist. November 7, 2011. Retrieved October 6, 2012.
Myrin mentions she's Swedish and Norwegian around the one minute mark
- Marialisa Calta (2008-01-06). "Vows: Arden Myrin and Dan Martin". New York Times. Archived from the original on 9 January 2008. Retrieved 2008-01-06.
- Arden Myrin at the Internet Movie Database
- Official MADtv site
- Arden Myrin is interviewed and performs on Radio Happy Hour
- The JV Club #87: Arden Myrin (interview) mp3