Maggie Carey

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Maggie Carey
Born Boise, Idaho
Nationality American
Alma mater University of Montana
University of Texas at Austin
Occupation Director, writer
Spouse(s) Bill Hader (m. 2006)
Children 3

Maggie Carey (born 1976 or 1977) is an American director and screenwriter.[1] Her most recent film is The To Do List (2013).[2]

Early life[edit]

Carey was born in Boise, Idaho. She went to Jackson Elementary, West Junior High,[3] and graduated from Borah High School in Boise in 1993.[3][4][5]

In high school, Carey said, "I was in every AP class possible. I played a ton of sports. I was in student council. I was an all-American (soccer player)."[3] Carey was also a lifeguard at the Borah pool.[6]

Carey went to the University of Montana and graduated with a bachelor's degree in English literature. Carey played Division I soccer at Montana, and was co-captain of the team.[7] She has a master's of fine arts in film production from the University of Texas, Austin.[3][7]


In 2007, Carey and Liz Cackowski created an online series called The Jeannie Tate Show.[8]

Carey was a member of New York’s Upright Citizens Brigade improv troupe.[3][9] Carey performed with both the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York and Improv Olympics West in Los Angeles.[10]

In 2011, Carey's co-wrote and directed sketches for four episodes of Funny or Die Presents called “Lady Refs,” about the ridiculous in the world of female referees working youth soccer games.[10] Her first movie was released in 2013, The To Do List. Carey wrote and directed the low budget sex comedy which was released to a 52% 'fresh' rating on Rotten Tomatoes.[11][12]

Personal life[edit]

She married comedian Bill Hader in 2006.[13][14] They met in Los Angeles, California. Carey said she went to college "with a guy in his sketch group. They didn't actually have a theater they were affiliated with - they put on shows in their friends' backyard. In one of the sketches, Bill was wearing overalls and no shirt. I'm from Idaho, and that's a total turn-on. After the show, I was, 'Who is that funny guy in the overalls?" [3]

They have three daughters together: Hannah Kathryn, born October 6, 2009,[15] Harper, born July 28, 2012,[15] and Hayley, born November 15, 2014.[16]


As director and screenwriter:

For the following credits, served as writer, director, and producer.

  • Funny or Die Presents (2011) (TV series) (4 episodes)
  • Suburban Bravery (2007) (short)
  • The Jeannie Tate Show (2007) (TV series)
  • Head In The Oven (2006) (TV series short)
  • Jenny Clone (2005) (short)
  • Soap Scum (2004) (short)
  • Sun River Homestead (2002) (TV movie documentary short)
  • Dance Club (2002) (short)
  • Ladyporn (2001) (documentary)


  1. ^ Montagne, Renee (July 26, 2013). "Honor Student's Approach To Sex Makes For A Raunchy 'To Do List'" (Audio interview). NPR's Morning Edition. National Public Radio. Retrieved 15 November 2013. 
  2. ^ Evans, Bradford (August 1, 2013). "Talking to Writer/Director Maggie Carey About Her New Movie 'The To Do List'". Splitsider. Retrieved August 8, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f Moeller, Katy (July 15, 2013). "Borah grad makes big-screen debut with 'The To Do List'". Idaho Statesman. Retrieved 15 November 2013. [dead link]
  4. ^ Oland, Dana (August 10, 2013). "Boise native Carey enjoys success with ‘The To Do List’". Idaho Statesman. Retrieved 15 November 2013. 
  5. ^ Cohn, Gretta (July 17, 2013). "For 'The To Do List,' Director Maggie Carey Goes Back To The Summer Of '93". The Soundcheck Blog. WNYC (New York Public Radio). Retrieved 15 November 2013. 
  6. ^ McNary, Dave (April 18, 2013). "‘The To-Do List’: Director Maggie Carey Goes Home in Aubrey Plaza Comedy". Variety. Retrieved 15 November 2013. 
  7. ^ a b "Maggie Carey". UCB Theatre. Retrieved 15 November 2013. 
  8. ^ Guest, Jocelyn (November 12, 2007). "This Minivan Seats Eight—Plus a Talk Show". New York Magazine. Retrieved October 14, 2014. 
  9. ^ Hall, Tim (July 21, 2013). "Q&A with The To Do List’s Director/Writer Maggie Carey". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Retrieved 15 November 2013. 
  10. ^ a b Fallon, Kevin (July 24, 2013). "Growing Up Maggie Carey: The writer-director and recovering overachiever checks 'debut film' off her to-do list.". Newsweek. Retrieved 15 November 2013. 
  11. ^ Urbancich, John M (July 24, 2013). "Writing, directing, being funny and Mrs. Bill Hader top Maggie Carey's very personal 'to do list'". The Plain Dealer ( Retrieved 18 November 2014. 
  12. ^ Rotton Tomatoes. "To Do List". Retrieved 18 November 2014. 
  13. ^ Michaud, Sarah (October 12, 2009). "Saturday Night Live's Bill Hader Welcomes a Daughter". People. Retrieved November 18, 2014. 
  14. ^ Freydkin, Donna (July 31, 2013). "On Bill Hader and Maggie Carey's to-do list: Togetherness". USA Today. Retrieved 15 November 2013. 
  15. ^ a b Johnson, Zach (July 30, 2012). "Bill Hader, Wife Maggie Carey Welcome Daughter Harper!". Us Weekly. Retrieved November 18, 2014. 
  16. ^ Marquina, Sierra; Brown, Brody (November 18, 2014). "Bill Hader, Wife Maggie Carey Welcome Third Child, Baby Girl Hayley Hader!". Us Weekly. Retrieved November 18, 2014. 

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