Kate Flannery

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Kate Flannery
Kate Flannery 2 2009.jpg
Flannery at the June 2009 premiere for The Proposal
Born (1964-06-10) June 10, 1964 (age 49)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1999–present

Katherine Patricia "Kate" Flannery (born June 10, 1964) is an American actress known for playing the role of Meredith Palmer on the NBC hit series The Office.

Personal life[edit]

Flannery was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She attended Saint John Neumann School and Archbishop John Carroll High School in Radnor, Pennsylvania. She graduated from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. She is one of seven children in an Irish-American family.[1][2] She is three minutes younger than her twin sister who is a social worker.[3]

Career[edit]

Improvisation[edit]

A former member of The Second City's National Touring Company, Flannery is an original member of Chicago's Annoyance Theater, where she created over 15 shows including "The Miss Vagina Pageant" and "The Real Live Brady Bunch".

The Lampshades, her comedy lounge act with veteran improviser Scot Robinson, has been running in Hollywood at the iO WEST stage for over four years and was seen at the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Colorado. The Lampshades was New York magazine's "LA Pick" for 2006 and was declared "Best Saturday Comedy Show of the Year" by LA Weekly.[citation needed]

Stage work[edit]

Flannery played Neely O'Hara in Off Broadway hit Valley of the Dolls at the Circle in the Square Theatre in New York City and Los Angeles. Also in Los Angeles, she played the teen prostitute and Blair's sister in The Phacts of Life at the Renberg Theatre and in the Lily Tomlin/Jane Wagner production of Hildy, Hildy, Three Feet Under at The Evidence Room.

She is the musical director of the Los Angeles Drama Club, teaching Shakespeare to children and young adults.

Music[edit]

Flannery was a member of the band Mono Puff using the stage name "Lady Puff". She toured with the band and sang on their second album, It's Fun to Steal.

Television[edit]

Flannery appeared as the alcoholic, divorced, single mother Meredith Palmer on the television comedy The Office. Before The Office, she made appearances on The Bernie Mac Show, Boomtown, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and Jimmy Kimmel Live!

In 2008, Flannery was a talent scout on Last Comic Standing with her Office costar Brian Baumgartner, and she appeared with the cast of The Office on Celebrity Family Feud.

Flannery also appeared as a judge in a 2009 episode of Iron Chef America.[4]

She has also appeared on The Jay Leno Show portraying Wendy in a skit at the time of the burger chain's 40th anniversary,[5] Mother Earth in a skit on the November 19, 2009 episode and Mrs. Claus on December 21, 2009.

She was a contestant on Don't Forget the Lyrics. She is currently the host of Standup in Stilettos on the TV Guide network.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1999 Can't Stop Dancing Tonia
1999 Trick Ridiculous Writer
2000 Amy Stiller's Breast Reporter Short film
2002 Life Without Dick Crampy Legs Partygoer
2003 Carolina Café Waitress
2005 Heir Apparent, TheThe Heir Apparent Heidi Short film
2005 I'm Not Gay Secretary Short film
2006 Danny Roane: First Time Director Marla
2007 Jesus People Sharon Nyenhuis Short film
2007 Wild Girls Gone Reading Circle #4
2009 Coco Lipshitz: Behind the Laughter Reporter Short film
2009 You Airline Counter Girl
2010 Finger Babies Teacher Video short
2012 Love or Whatever Rosemary
2014 Home Rosemary
2014 Break Point Commonwealth Rep Post-production
2014 Helicopter Mom Norma Post-production
2014 Cooties Charman Post-production

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2001 Spyder Games Bunny Recurring role (5 episodes)
2002 Curb Your Enthusiasm Cop #2 Episode: "The Corpse-Sniffing Dog"
2002 Saturday Night Live Lucy (voice) Episode: "Al Gore/Phish"
2003 Boomtown Tracey Episode: "Inadmissable"
2004 Crossballs: The Debate Show Episode: "Plastic Surgury: Nip-pocalypse?"
2004 Bernie Mac Show, TheThe Bernie Mac Show Christopher's Mom Episode: "Stiff Upper Lip"
2005-2013 Office, TheThe Office Meredith Palmer Main role (199 episodes)
2006 Office: The Accountants, TheThe Office: The Accountants Meredith Palmer Episode: "Meredith"
2008 Office: The Outburst, TheThe Office: The Outburst Meredith Palmer Episode: "The Explanation"
2009 Rise and Fall of Tuck Johnson Nikki Strokums TV series
2009 Office: Blackmail, TheThe Office: Blackmail Meredith Palmer TV series
2009 Jay Leno Show, TheThe Jay Leno Show Wendy / Mrs. Claus Episodes: "1.10", "1.69"
2010 Wizards of Waverly Place Elaine Finkle Episode: "Wizards vs. Finkles"
2010 Office: The 3rd Floor, TheThe Office: The 3rd Floor Meredith Palmer Episodes: "The Final Product", "Moving On"
2011 Soup, TheThe Soup Brenna Episode: "The Soup Awards"
2011 Christmas Pageant, TheThe Christmas Pageant Beverly Simmons TV film
2011 Life & Times of Tim, TheThe Life & Times of Tim Irene / Jean Gillis (voice) 2 episodes
2013 Jessie Corporal Cookie Episode: "GI Jessie"

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