Kay Cannon

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Kay Cannon
Kay Cannon.jpg
Cannon in September 2009
Born United States
Alma mater Lewis University
Occupation Writer, actress
Spouse(s) Jason Sudeikis (m. 2004; div. 2010)
Eben Russell (m. 2012)
Children Evelyn Russell

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.[1][2] She wrote the screenplay for the 2012 film Pitch Perfect, and she is a co-executive producer and writer on New Girl.[3]

Early life[edit]

Kay Cannon, fifth of seven children,[4] was raised in Braidwood, Illinois[5] and graduated from Reed-Custer High School. She received her BA in Theatre and MA in Education at Lewis University in Romeoville, Illinois.[6] She trained in improvisation at The Second City and I.O. (ImprovOlympic) in Chicago.[7]


In addition to being a writer for 30 Rock, Cannon has had cameo roles on the series.

She was thanked by Alec Baldwin at the Golden Globe awards during his acceptance speech for Best Actor in a Comedy Series on January 15, 2007. 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.[8] In 2010, Cannon was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series.

Cannon performs 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).

In 2012, she was cast in a lead role in the independent film called The Little Tin Man.[9]

Personal life[edit]

She married Saturday Night Live cast member and former 30 Rock guest star Jason Sudeikis in 2004. They divorced in 2010.[10]

Cannon married Eben Russell on January 1, 2012 and the couple welcomed their daughter, Evelyn Rose Russell on October 9, 2013.[11]



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