Jenny Slate

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Jenny Slate
Jenny Slate Obvious Child Premiere 2014 (cropped).jpg
Slate at the Obvious Child premiere
on June 5, 2014
Born (1982-03-25) March 25, 1982 (age 32)
Milton, Massachusetts, U.S.
Occupation Actress/Comedian
Years active 2005–present
Spouse(s) Dean Fleischer-Camp (m. 2012)

Jenny Slate (born March 25, 1982) is an American actress, stand-up comedian, and author best known as the creator of the Marcel the Shell With Shoes On short films, which was also spun-off into a children's book. She is also known for her season as a cast member on Saturday Night Live from 2009–2010, as well as for her recurring roles on House of Lies, Parks and Recreation, Bob's Burgers, and Kroll Show. She most recently starred in the 2014 Sundance film Obvious Child, and currently co-stars in the FX comedy series Married.

Early life[edit]

Slate was born in Milton, Massachusetts, the daughter of Nancy (Gilson), a ceramicist,[1] and Ron Slate, a Massachusetts-based poet and author.[2][3] She is the middle child of two sisters, Abigail and Stacey.[4] They were raised Jewish.[1] After graduating from Milton Academy as the valedictorian,[2] she attended Columbia University as a literature major,[1] where she helped form the improv group Fruit Paunch,[5] starred in the Varsity Show,[6] and met comedy partner Gabe Liedman.[7] Slate graduated from Columbia University in 2004.[4][8]

Career[edit]

Slate performing with Gabe Liedman in 2007.

Alongside comedian Gabe Liedman, Slate is half of the comedy duo Gabe & Jenny.[9] Their live stand-up shows with Max Silvestri, Big Terrific, was named best new variety show of 2008 by Time Out New York.[10] She first met Liedman in 2000 while attending Columbia University.[11] They describe their relationship as a "nonsexual romance," and Slate says, "I like to think of us as kind of like Elaine Benes and George Costanza, but we like each other."[2] Throughout 2008 and 2009, Slate regularly performed her one-woman show, Jenny Slate: Dead Millionaire, at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater (UCBT) in New York City.[12]

Slate was best known as a regular commentator on many VH1 “talking head” commentary programs.[2] In early 2009, she had made several appearances on the Late Night with Jimmy Fallon recurring sketch 7th Floor West where she acted out the role of an NBC page, also named Jenny, who was later promoted to Fallon's assistant;[13] she also had a recurring role on HBO's Bored to Death,[8][14] and starred in the 2009 short film Obvious Child,[15] which dealt with abortion. Slate has made guest appearances on television programs such as Bob's Burgers, Girls, The Whitest Kids U' Know, Important Things with Demetri Martin, and Raising Hope.

Slate joined the cast of the sketch comedy/variety series Saturday Night Live for one season in 2009–2010.[5][13] In her first episode, she accidentally said "fucking" during her debut sketch "Biker Chick Chat", which was heard on the live broadcast, but removed from subsequent reruns.[16][17][18] During her brief time on the series, she impersonated celebrities such as Hoda Kotb, and became known for the recurring character Tina-Tina Chaneuse, an infomercial pitchwoman of unspecified Latino heritage who advertises personalized doorbells, car horns and alarm clocks.[19] Her contract was not renewed for another season and she left the show.[20]

In August 2010, Slate co-wrote and voiced the stop-motion short film “Marcel the Shell With Shoes On,” directed by Dean Fleischer-Camp, about a shy, shoe-wearing sea shell, which garnered unexpected viral success. This led to a follow-up video, “Marcel the Shell with Shoes on, Two,” which was released on November 14, 2011.[21][22]

Slate also wrote a "Marcel"-themed children's book that was released on November 1, 2011.[23] Her first major film role was as the quirky Zoe in the third Alvin and the Chipmunks film, Chipwrecked; more films followed in 2012, including the voice of Ted's mother in The Lorax. Slate currently appears as Liz B. in the recurring "PubLIZity" sketches on Comedy Central's Kroll Show.

In September 2012, it was announced that Slate had been hired to write the script for a reboot of the Looney Tunes franchise for Warner Bros. The film was described as being a "live action/CGI hybrid."[24] Her first appearance on NBC's Parks and Recreation was in the 2013 episode “Bailout,” in which she played Jean-Ralphio Saperstein's sister, Mona-Lisa Saperstein. Tom Haverford hires her as a sales associate for his shop, Rent-A-Swag, and ultimately starts a relationship with her which ends disastrously. On July 23, 2013, she appeared on Comedy Central's Drunk History retelling the history of Coca-Cola.

Slate currently co-stars with Judy Greer and Nat Faxon in the FX comedy series Married, which began airing on July 17, 2014.[25]

Personal life[edit]

In September 2012, Slate married filmmaker Dean Fleischer-Camp,[26] who had directed many of Slate's short films, including Marcel the Shell with Shoes On. Slate previously lived in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn[27] for many years, before moving to Los Angeles in February 2012.[citation needed]

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
2010 Marcel the Shell with Shoes On Bunker McLaughlin Short film, Also writer
2011 Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked Zoe
2012 This Means War Emily
2012 The Lorax Ted's Mom Voice
2014 Obvious Child Donna Stern
2014 The Longest Week Jocelyn
Television
Year Title Role Notes
2005 Starved Member of Belt Tighteners Episode: "The Breatharians", Uncredited
2008 The Whitest Kids U' Know Trevor's Date Episode #2.1
2009 Important Things with Demetri Martin Bride Episode: "Chairs"
2009 Late Night with Jimmy Fallon Jenny the Page 8 episodes
2009 Brothers Annette 2 episodes
2009–2010 Saturday Night Live Various 22 episodes
2009–2010 Bored to Death Stella 5 episodes
2011 Ugly Americans Jaclyn Voice, Episode: "Lily and the Beast"
2011 NTSF:SD:SUV:: Eddie 2 episodes
2012 Girls Tally Schifrin Episode: "Leave Me Alone"
2012 Raising Hope Joan Episode: "Throw Maw Maw from the House"
2012–2014 Bob's Burgers Tammy Larsen 6 episodes
2013 Hello Ladies Amelia Gordon 4 episodes
2013 Super Fun Night Helen-Alice Unaired CBS Multi-Camera Pilot
2013–2014 Kroll Show Liz/Denise/Various 7 episodes
2013–2014 House of Lies Sarah 9 episodes
2013–2014 Parks and Recreation Mona-Lisa Saperstein 7 episodes
2014 Brooklyn Nine-Nine Bianca Episode: "Undercover"
2014 Married Jess Series regular

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Comedian Jenny Slate in Obvious Child". Jewish Journal. June 30, 2014. Retrieved June 30, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Questions For: Jenny Slate". Boston Daily. February 27, 2009. Retrieved 18 August 2010. 
  3. ^ Slate, Ron (April 7, 2005). The Incentive of the Maggot. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. p. v. Archived at Google Books. Retrieved September 10, 2014.
  4. ^ a b Kurtz Ferrari, Kathy (24 September 2009). "Jenny Slate Joins the Cast of 'Saturday Night Live'". Milton Times. Retrieved 18 August 2010. 
  5. ^ a b "Jenny Slate". Saturday Night Live. Retrieved 2009-09-28. 
  6. ^ Fitzner, Ana (3 May 2002). "Varsity Show Reach Exceeds Its Grasp". Columbia Spectator. Retrieved 18 August 2010. 
  7. ^ "Jenny Slate". Into the Gloss. June 2014. Retrieved July 2, 2014. 
  8. ^ a b "Vulture Interviews New Saturday Night Live Cast Member Jenny Slate". Vulture (New York Magazine). 11 September 2009. Retrieved 18 August 2010. 
  9. ^ Parker, Billy (10 June 2009). "Gabe Liedman and Jenny Slate, Comedians". Gothamist. Retrieved 18 August 2010. 
  10. ^ Borden, Jane (December 2008). "Comedy: The best (and worst) of 2008". Time Out New York. Retrieved 18 August 2010. 
  11. ^ Karakh, Ben (4 May 2007). "Gabe Liedman and Jenny Slate, A Night with Gabe and Jenny". Gothamist. Retrieved 18 August 2010. 
  12. ^ "Jenny Slate". Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. Retrieved 18 August 2010. 
  13. ^ a b Bryant, Adam (2009-09-09). "Saturday Night Live Adds Two New Cast Members". tvguide.com. 
  14. ^ Barrett, Annie (9 November 2009). "'Bored to Death:' Jenny Slate, please come back". PopWatch (Entertainment Weekly). Retrieved 18 August 2010. 
  15. ^ Johnson, Kjerstin (2 October 2009). "New short film is cute, quirky, and candid. And it's about abortion.". Bitch Magazine. Retrieved 18 August 2010. 
  16. ^ Schwindt, Oriana (September 15, 2014). "What's Worth Watching". TV Guide. p. 79
  17. ^ "'Saturday Night Live' starts season with F-bomb". Associated Press. September 28, 2009. Retrieved August 18, 2010. 
  18. ^ Hollowell, Jenny (13 December 2009). "TV Moment of 2009: Jenny Slate Drops the F-Bomb on 'SNL'". TV Squad. Retrieved August 18, 2010. 
  19. ^ Anne, Sarah (2010-09-08). "Celebritology 2.0 – Jenny Slate leaves 'Saturday Night Live,' and we ask, what went wrong?". The Washington Post. 
  20. ^ Itzkoff, Dave (2010-09-07). "'Saturday Night Live' Cast Adds Four and Loses One More - NYTimes.com". The New York Times. Retrieved 2011-02-24. 
  21. ^ Lyons, Margaret (17 August 2010). "Jenny Slates's 'Marcel the Shell with Shoes On' is fantastic". PopWatch (Entertainment Weekly). Retrieved 18 August 2010. 
  22. ^ Matheson, Whitney (29 August 2010). "Exclusive: 'SNL' star Jenny Slate chats about 'Marcel the Shell'". Pop Candy (USA Today). Retrieved 30 August 2010. 
  23. ^ Swerdloff, Alexis (2010-11-03). "Jenny Slate Emerges From Her Shell ... As A Shell". Papermag.com. Retrieved 2011-02-24. 
  24. ^ "Former 'SNL' Star to Write 'Looney Tunes' Reboot Film (Exclusive)". hollywoodreporter.com. 2012-09-19. Retrieved 2012-10-13. 
  25. ^ "FX Orders Series Starring Nat Faxon, Judy Greer, Brett Gelman, and Jenny Slate; Coming in July". Splitsider. January 24, 2014. 
  26. ^ Killoran, Ellen (2011-05-25). "The Rise and Fall and Rise of Jenny Slate". L Magazine. Retrieved 2011-06-19. 
  27. ^ Battan, Carrie (2014-06-02). "How Jenny Slate Went from an 'SNL' Blunder to 'Obvious Child' Success". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2014-06-04. 

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