Cannon in September 2009
|Alma mater||Lewis University|
|Spouse(s)||Jason Sudeikis (m. 2004; div. 2010)
Eben Russell (m. 2012)
Kay Cannon is an American film and television writer and actress who is best known for her work as an Emmy-nominated writer and producer for the NBC series 30 Rock. She wrote the screenplay for the 2012 film Pitch Perfect, and she is a co-executive producer and writer on New Girl.
Kay Cannon, fifth of seven children, was raised in Braidwood, Illinois and graduated from Reed-Custer High School. She received her BA in Theatre and MA in Education at Lewis University in Romeoville, Illinois.
Kay got her start at such highly esteemed comedic training grounds as The Second City, ImprovOlympic and ComedySportz Chicago. While writing and performing around Chicago, she met Tina Fey, a fellow Second City alumna, and the two became fast friends. Then, when the former Weekend Update co-host began "30 Rock," she sought out like-minded, funny peeps to join the writing staff and turned to Cannon, who happily accepted. While at "30 Rock," Kay worked her way up from staff writer to supervising producer.
She has won the Writers Guild of America Award for Best Comedic Series for her work on 30 Rock three times, and also won a 2008 Peabody Award for her work on the show. In 2010, Cannon was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series. During this time, Cannon also worked as a co-producer on the hit feature film, "Baby Mama."
Kay moved from New York City to LA when she signed an overall development deal with 20th Century Fox. Within that deal, she worked as a co-executive producer on "New Girl" and currently works as a consulting producer on "Cristela." As part of her development, Cannon sold a workplace comedy "The Wrecking Crew" to FOX and wrote the pilot "The Runt" for CBS.
In 2012, Variety named Cannon one of their annual "Ten Writers to Watch."
Cannon received rave reviews for her debut screenplay, the a cappella comedy "Pitch Perfect," starring Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow and Rebel Wilson. In addition, she recently wrote and co-produced the highly anticipated, "Pitch Perfect 2."
On the performing side, Kay starred and received glowing reviews in the independent film, "The Little Tin Man" and has guest starred on "30 Rock", "New Girl" and "Cristela." She also has a cameo in "Pitch Perfect 2" and wrote and co-starred with Jane Krakowski in the very successful Tropicana Trop50 commercial campaign.
Cannon has performed sketch and improv for theatres like Boom Chicago in Amsterdam, The Second City in Chicago and Las Vegas, IO (West and Chicago) and at The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in Los Angeles and New York. One of her first jobs was as a performer at ComedySportz (Chicago). When not writing, Cannon currently performs at the UCB Theater in the popular improv show, "Brand New Ball."
Cannon married Eben Russell on January 1, 2012 and the couple welcomed their daughter, Evelyn Rose Russell on October 9, 2013.
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