Schaal at the 2010 Comic Con
January 24, 1978 |
Longmont, Colorado, U.S.
|Medium||Stand-up, television, film, books|
|Genres||Observational comedy, Satire/Political satire|
|Notable works and roles||Mel in Flight of the Conchords
contributor on The Daily Show
Louise Belcher on Bob's Burgers
Mabel Pines on Gravity Falls
Kristen Schaal (born January 24, 1978) is an American actress, voice artist, writer, and comedian, best known for her roles as Mel in the HBO series Flight of the Conchords, as Louise in Bob's Burgers, as Hazel Wassername in 30 Rock, as a contributor on The Daily Show and as Mabel in Gravity Falls.
Early life 
Schaal was born in Longmont, Colorado, to a Lutheran family of Dutch descent. She was raised on her family's cattle farm, in a rural area near Boulder. Her father is a construction worker and her mother is a secretary. Schaal also has a brother David who is three years older. She graduated from Northwestern University, then moved to New York to pursue a comedy career. Five years later in 2005, she had her first break when she was included in New York magazine's article "The Ten Funniest New Yorkers You've Never Heard Of".
Live comedy 
In 2006, Schaal performed at the 2006 HBO US Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen where she won the award for "Best Alternative Comedian". She was also the winner of the second annual Andy Kaufman Award (hosted by the New York Comedy Festival), Best Female Stand-up at the 2006 Nightlife Awards in New York, and "Best Female Stand Up Comedian" at the 2007 ECNY Awards. At the 2008 Melbourne International Comedy Festival, she won the Barry Award for her show Kristen Schaal As You Have Probably Never Seen Her Before, tying with Nina Conti. Also in 2006, Schaal appeared on the first season of the Comedy Central show, Live at Gotham. She co-hosts the weekly variety show Hot Tub at Comix comedy club, which was voted “Best Variety Show of 2005” by Time-Out New York’s readers poll. She also performs at the Peoples Improv Theater on the improv team, "Big Black Car", which was awarded best improv troupe of 2005 at the Emerging Comics of New York awards. She is a founding member of the theatre company The Striking Viking Story Pirates, which adapts stories by children into sketches and songs.
Schaal performed live at the Edinburgh Fringe 2007 in Scotland, where she was one of six acts (chosen from over two hundred American productions at the Fringe) requested to perform at the US Consul General-sponsored "Fringe USA" Showcase.
Film, TV and radio 
Schaal rose to national attention for her role on HBO's Flight of the Conchords as the stalker-fan Mel, a role which earned her an Ewwy nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series in 2009. She was also a credited consultant and writer for Season 11 of South Park, appeared on the BBC's Never Mind the Buzzcocks as a contestant on Noel Fielding's Team, and played the boss in Fuse's mockumentary The Intern. She made her first appearance as a "special commentator" on Comedy Central's The Daily Show on March 13, 2008. She is often presented as The Daily Show's "Senior Women's Issues Correspondent". On April 13, 2008, she made an appearance on Good News Week during the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and in October 2008 she appeared in Amnesty International's The Secret Policeman's Ball 2008.
Schaal's other film and television credits include Dinner for Schmucks, Kate and Leopold, Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Snake 'n' Bacon, Norbit, Get Him to the Greek, Conviction, Cheap Seats, Freak Show, Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant, Adam and Steve, The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard, Delirious, Australian show Good News Week, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Law & Order: Criminal Intent, The Education of Max Bickford, Comedy Central's Contest Searchlight, Ugly Betty, How I Met Your Mother, MTV's Human Giant, and Mad Men. She was also a contributor to the sketch/music series The Nighttime Clap on the Fuse music network. She also appeared on Fuse's original comedy series The P.A. Schaal has appeared in two recent TV pilots written and directed by Jersey City comedian Dan McNamara -- The Calderons and Redeeming Rainbow, both of which were screened as official selections at the 2006 and 2007 New York Television Festivals. She was also in television commercials for Wendy's, RadioShack, and Starburst. She made an appearance, in April 2008, on the IFC sketch comedy show The Whitest Kids U' Know. On April 3, 2009 she taped an episode of Comedy Central Presents. In 2010, she added her voice to the PBS Kids GO! series WordGirl as Victoria Best, a child prodigy whose parents taught her to be the best at everything that she does. Kristen also voices the character, Louise, on Bob's Burgers.
She also stars in A. D. Miles' MyDamnChannel.com series Horrible People. In October 2008, Schaal appeared in an episode of Spicks and Specks. On June 10, 2009, Schaal broadcasted her first radio show, High Five!!, on Sirius XM Radio's 'RawDog' channel with co-host Kurt Braunohler. She played Gertha Teeth in the 2009 movie The Vampire's Assistant. Schaal stars in her own web series, Penelope Princess of Pets, one episode of which doubled as the video for the New Pornographers' "Mutiny, I Promise You". She voiced Trixie the Triceratops in Toy Story 3 and Pumpkin Witch and Palace Witch in Shrek Forever After. She also in the music video for Joey Ramone's "New York City". She also guest starred on Modern Family's thirteenth episode, "Fifteen Percent", as well as the music video for "Conversation 16" by The National. Schaal guest starred on the MC Frontalot album Solved. She was featured with Kurt Braunohler on the Radiolab episode "Loops". Schaal was in a commercial for the Xperia Play version of Minecraft.
Schall guest starred on the May 8, 2011 episode of The Simpsons titled "Homer Scissorhands" in which she plays Taffy, a love interest of Millhouse. She is incorrectly listed in the credits as Kristen Schall. This prompted Simpsons writers to issue her a unique apology on the next week's episode in which Bart's chalkboard gag in the intro to the show states "It’s Kristen Schaal, not Kristen Schall".
Schaal wrote a humor book, The Sexy Book of Sexy Sex, with her fiancé (now husband), Daily Show former writer Rich Blomquist. It was published in July 2010 by Chronicle Books. She originally intended for them to write the book under pseudonyms, "because I don't want anyone to imagine me doing those things," but she realized it would be harder to promote the book without using their real names.
Personal life 
Schaal is married to former Daily Show writer Rich Blomquist.
|2001||Kate & Leopold||Miss Tree|
|The Education of Max Bickford||Valerie Holmes||Episode: "In the Details"
Episode: "A Very Great Man"
|2002||The Education of Max Bickford||Valerie Holmes||Episode: "The Bad Girl"|
|2002–present||That's Our Joe||Skinner Frankheimer (voice)||Co-Protagonist, Vision 8 Series|
|2004||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Abby||Episode: "Brotherhood"|
|Poster Boy||Bookstore Lady #14|
|2005||Adam & Steve||Ruth|
|Cheap Seats: Without Ron Parker||Emily||Episode: "Dog Show/World Beard and Mustache Championship"|
|2006||Conviction||Allie Rubinoff||Episode: "Madness"|
|The Calderons||Barbara||TV movie|
|Ugly Betty||Nancy||Episode: "Pilot"|
|Six Degrees||Gail||Episode: "Pilot"
Episode: "The Puncher"
|Freak Show||Various (voice)||7 episodes|
|2007||Scott Bateman Presents Scott Bateman Presents||Earth's New Robot Overlord (voice)
|Law & Order: Criminal Intent||Alana Binder||Episode: "30"|
|Human Giant||Girl in Doritos Commercial||Episode: "Lil 9-11"|
|Mad Men||Nannette||Episode: "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes"|
|Redeeming Rainbow||Nameless Drifter||TV movie|
|Comedy: Shuffle||Penelope / Princess of Pets||Episode: "Jocelyn Jee Esien"|
|How I Met Your Mother||Laura Girard||Episode: "The Platinum Rule"|
|2007–2009||Flight of the Conchords||Mel||21 episodes|
|2008||Aqua Teen Hunger Force||Tammy Tangerine (voice)||Episode: "Bible Fruit"|
|The Whitest Kids U'Know||Homeless Woman||Episode: "2.9"|
|Horrible People||Margaret||10 episodes|
|Never Mind The Buzzcocks||Herself||Series 21 - Episode 4|
|2009||Xavier: Renegade Angel||Frantic Spectator / Old Ryan's Wife (voice)||Episode: "Going Normal"|
|Comedy Central Presents||Herself||Season 13 - Episode 24|
|Snake 'n' Bacon||The Green Fairy||TV movie|
|The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard||Stewardess Stacey|
|Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant||Gertha Teeth|
|Comedy Showcase||Tourist||Episode: "The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret"|
|2010||Modern Family||Whitney||Episode: "Fifteen Percent"|
|When in Rome||Ilona|
|Valentine's Day||Ms. Gilroy|
|Comedy Lab||Penelope||Episode: "Penelope Princess of Pets"|
|Shrek Forever After||Pumpkin Witch / Palace Witch (voice)|
|Get Him to the Greek||Today Show Production Assistant|
|Toy Story 3||Trixie (voice)|
|Dinner for Schmucks||Susana|
|Going the Distance||Female Bartender|
|FCU: Fact Checkers Unit||Paula||Episode: "One Groundhog Day Dog"|
|Scared Shrekless||Gingerbread Girl (voice)|
|Adventure Time||Boobafina (voice)||Episode: "Storytelling"|
|The Simpsons||Taffy (voice)||Episode: "Homer Scissorhands"; credited as "Kristen Schall"|
|The Penguins of Madagascar||Muffy, Bluffy, and Fluffy the bunny rabbits (guest voice)||Episode: "Operation: Neighbor Swap"|
|Hawaiian Vacation||Trixie (voice)|
|The Muppets||Anger Management group moderator|
|The Heart, She Holler||Hershe Heartshe||Episodes: All 6 episodes|
|American Dad!||Girl (voice)||Episode: Hurricane!|
|2011- present||Bob's Burgers||Louise (voice)|
|2012||American Dad!||Librarian (voice)||Episode: "Stan Best Friend"|
|"Sleepwalk with Me"||Cynthia|
|2012||30 Rock||Hazel Wassername||Recurring, starting with season six|
|Gravity Falls||Mabel Pines (voice)||Co-Protagonist, Disney Series|
|Adventure Time||Jake Jr. (voice)||Episode: "Jake the Dad"|
- Patterson, John (2010-10-16). "Kristen Schaal: The toast of American comedy". The Guardian. Retrieved 2010-10-27.
- "The Kooky Monster". Melbourne: The Age. March 13, 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-16.
- Todd, Charlie (September 26, 2005). "The Ten Funniest New Yorkers You've Never Heard Of". New York Magazine. Retrieved 2008-04-13.
- "ECNY Awards". ECNY Awards. 2011-02-10. Retrieved 2011-03-11.
- Kent, Melissa (April 13, 2008). "Top comics grin and share the main prize". The Age. Retrieved 2008-04-13.
- Strachan, Alex (October 17, 2009). "Live at Gotham a Prerequisite for the Big Time". Edmonton Journal. Retrieved 2009-11-05.
- "Edinburgh Festival If.comedy award shortlist announced". The List. 20 August 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-03.
- The Calderons at IMDb.com
- Redeeming Rainbow at IMDb.com
- COMEDY CENTRAL(R) Gets the New Year Rolling with Laughter! The 13th Season of 'COMEDY CENTRAL Presents' Premieres Friday, January 9 at 10:00 p.m.* Featuring All-New Original Comedy
- "ToonZone.net". News.toonzone.net. 2009-06-08. Retrieved 2011-03-11.
- Brophy-Warren, Jamin (June 10, 2009). ""Flight of the Conchords" Meets "South Park" on Satellite Radio". The Wall Street Journal.
- Kristen Schaal (COMEDIAN)
- David Chen (October 12, 2009). "Lee Unkrich Announces Kristen Schaal and Blake Clark Cast in Toy Story 3; Toy Story 3D Double Feature To Stay in Theaters". Retrieved October 12, 2009.
- "Kristen Schaal". Radiolab. Retrieved 2012-03-16.
- "Sexy Book of Sexy Sex (9780811871266): Kristen Schaal, Rich Blomquist: Books". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2011-03-11.
- "Kristen Schaal: Confessions of a Disappointed Hillary Supporter". SuicideGirls.com. 10 December 2008. Retrieved 2008-12-10.
- Itzkoff, Dave (2011-05-16). "Credit Where It’s Due: A Spelling Lesson for ‘The Simpsons’". The New York Times. Retrieved 2011-05-16.
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