April 22, 1975
|Spouse(s)||Mike Phirman (2007-present); 1 child
Dannah Phirman (born April 22, 1975, in Israel as Dannah Feinglass) is an actress, comedienne, and writer best known for voicing the titular character in the PBS Kids animated series WordGirl. She was a member of the long-running sketch comedy troupe Respecto Montalban, one of the original comedy troupes at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. She currently co-stars as Narge Hemingway in the Adult Swim series Newsreaders and co-created the Hulu series The Hotwives of Orlando.
Phirman majored in theater at SUNY Geneseo and graduated in 1997. After moving to New York City in 1998 she became involved with the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater where she was a part of the improv sketch group Respecto Montalban. Phirman teaches sketch comedy writing and improv, and has performed in two-person shows like Eye Candy (with Danielle Schneider), which went to the 2002 U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, and Special Delivery (with Paul Scheer), a parody of a British children's show in which postal workers rummage through people's mail in search of heartwarming lessons and edibles. She and Scheer won a 2004 Nightlife Award for Automatic Vaudeville, called "the best variety show in New York City" by Time Out New York. She has since collaborated with creative partner Danielle Schneider on other sketch shows such as Let's Get Awkward and Dead Heiresses at the Los Angeles UCB, as well as a five-woman improv show Mother F#$@er. Dead Heiresses was also developed as a pilot for Comedy Central in 2007.
Television and film
Phirman was a cast member on Fox’s MADtv from 2000-2001, where she notably portrayed Angelina Jolie, Liza Minnelli, and Shirley Temple. For three years, she hosted Movie Junky, a show (on the now-dissolved Burly Bear Network) in which she would wear a costume when interviewing celebrities (e.g., a Starfleet uniform when interviewing an actor from a Star Trek movie or a cheerleader's outfit while covering a football movie).
She has been in several small films, including Terrorists and Blackballed: The Bobby Dukes Story, both released in 2004. Other TV credits include Talkshow with Spike Feresten, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, The Upright Citizens Brigade TV show, and VH1's Best Week Ever.
Dannah voices the titular character well as her alter ego, Becky Botsford, in the PBS Kids animated series WordGirl, as well as Penny, the side-kick to Amy Poehler's Bessie Higgenbottom in Nickelodeon's The Mighty B!. She also provided the voice of Zaria on Nickelodeon's Tak and the Power of Juju, and was a contributing voice to Current TV's SuperNews show. She has recently provided voices for the video game Mass Effect as well as White Knight Chronicles: International Edition.
Phirman has written episodes of The Mighty B and WordGirl, and the direct-to-video sequel to Beverly Hills Chihuahua with her writing partner Danielle Schneider. Phirman and Schneider are currently working on scripts for the upcoming movies Catfight for New Line Cinema and Boys Are Stupid, Throw Rocks at Them for Universal.