Abby Elliott

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Abby Elliott
Born Abigail Elliott
(1987-06-16) June 16, 1987 (age 28)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Education Immaculate High School
Alma mater Marymount Manhattan College
Occupation Actress, comedian
Years active 2006–present
Home town Wilton, Connecticut, U.S.
Parent(s) Paula Niedert
Chris Elliott
Relatives Bob Elliott (grandfather)

Abigail "Abby" Elliott (born June 16, 1987) is an American actress and comedian best known for her four seasons as a cast member on Saturday Night Live from 2008 to 2012. She is the daughter of comedian Chris Elliott.

Early life[edit]

Elliott was born in New York City, the elder of two children. She is the daughter of Paula Niedert, a talent coordinator, and actor/comedian Chris Elliott. Her grandfather is radio comedian Bob Elliott.[1] Elliott and her younger sister Bridget (nicknamed "Bridey") were raised in Wilton, Connecticut.[2] She attended high school at Immaculate High School in Danbury, Connecticut, where she acted in school plays and musicals. After graduating from Immaculate High School in 2005, she attended Marymount Manhattan College in New York City but dropped out during the first semester.[1]


Elliott took comedy classes at The Groundlings and eventually began training and performing in various sketch comedy shows at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre (UCB) in Los Angeles.[3]

In 2006, Elliott appeared with supporting roles for the pilots You've Reached The Elliotts and Chrissy: Plain & Simple, both sitcom that star her father, Chris Elliott.[2] While at UCBT, she frequently performed with The Midnight Show sketch troupe. She has also occasionally performed comedy with her younger sister Bridey. Before joining the cast of SNL, Elliott had also done guest voices roles on King of The Hill and Minoriteam.[4] She has also been featured in a number of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon sketches such as "Jersey Floor" and "Studio 6-Bee".[5][6] Elliott made her film debut with a small role in No Strings Attached and has since had supporting roles in the films High Road and Fun Size.[7][8]

Since leaving SNL in 2012, Elliott has made guest appearances on television programs such as 2 Broke Girls, How I Met Your Mother, Happy Endings, and Inside Amy Schumer.[9] She also co-stars in the upcoming Bravo series Odd Mom Out, premiering in June 2015.

Saturday Night Live[edit]

Elliott joined the cast of SNL midway through the 2008–2009 season (season 34), in November 2008, following the departure of Amy Poehler.[4] She is the third generation of her family to have been featured on SNL (the second to be hired as a cast member, and her tenure on the show was longer than both her father and grandfather). Her father Chris Elliott was an SNL cast member during the 1994–1995 season (season 20) and her grandfather Bob Elliott was one half of the popular comedy duo Bob & Ray. Bob Elliott co-starred on a Christmas episode in the 1978–1979 season (fourth season).[1][3]

After four seasons on SNL, Elliott was let go from the show prior to its 38th season.[7]

Recurring characters on SNL[edit]

  • Shirley, one of the singing sisters on The Lawrence Welk Show
  • One of the French girls in "Les Jeunes de Paris"
  • Fur Coat Rhonda, one of the comedians in "The Original Kings of Catchphrase Comedy"
  • Paula, one of Gilly's classmates that always tattles on her.

Personal life[edit]

In August 2010, media outlets reported Elliott was dating fellow Saturday Night Live cast member Fred Armisen.[10] They ended their relationship in September 2011.[11]


Year Title Role Notes
2011 No Strings Attached Joy
2011 My Animie Girlfriend Yuruki Short film
2011 High Road Monica
2012 Fun Size Lara
2014 Life Partners Vanessa
2014 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Taylor
2014 Sex Ed Trish
Year Title Role Notes
2006 Minoriteam Computer (voice) Episode: "The Internet 2.0"
2008–2012 Saturday Night Live Herself / Various 81 episodes
2008 King of the Hill Various voices 4 episodes
2009 Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday Kristen Cavallari Episode: "2.2"
2012 Ugly Americans Emily (voice) Episode: "Journey to the Center of Twayne"
2012 2 Broke Girls Ruth Episode: "And the New Boss"
2013–2014 How I Met Your Mother Jeanette Peterson 5 episodes
2013 Happy Endings Katie Episode: "The Straight Dope"
2013–2014 Inside Amy Schumer Bree / Joselyn 2 episodes
2014 Garfunkel & Oates Chevrolet Episode: "Rule 34"
2015-present Odd Mom Out Brooke Von-Weber Main cast


  1. ^ a b c Zuckerman, Ed (November 11, 2009). "A Professionally Funny Family". The New York Times. Retrieved January 7, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Happy Birthday To Wilton’s Abigail 'Abby' Elliott". June 16, 2014. Retrieved March 7, 2015. 
  3. ^ a b Nellie, Andreeva (November 12, 2008). "'SNL' taps Abby Elliott, Michaela Watkins". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  4. ^ a b Littleton, Cynthia (November 12, 2008). "Elliott, Watkins join ‘SNL’ cast". Retrieved March 7, 2015. 
  5. ^ Power, Lindsay (May 6, 2011). "Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Jimmy Fallon Mock NBC in 'Jersey Shore' Spoof (Video)". Retrieved March 7, 2015. 
  6. ^ Barrett, Annie (February 2, 2010). "Jimmy Fallon parodies 'Glee': Living on a prayer for cue cards". Retrieved March 7, 2015. 
  7. ^ a b "Exclusive: Abby Elliott on Her New Movie, A Role on 'How I Met Your Mother,' and Leaving 'SNL'". Elle. Retrieved October 12, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Not so Fun Size comedy". The Irish News. November 2, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Happy Endings -- Abby Elliott to guest star - Inside TV -". Retrieved December 15, 2014. 
  10. ^ Oh, Eunice; Triggs, Charlotte (August 19, 2010). "Fred Armisen and Abby Elliott's Relationship in 'Early Stages'". People. 
  11. ^ Triggs, Charlotte (September 27, 2011). "Fred Armisen and Abby Elliott Split". Retrieved March 7, 2015. 

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