Myrin backstage at the Cynthia Rowley fashion show in September 2011
December 10, 1973 |
Little Compton, Rhode Island, U.S.
|Spouse||Dan Martin (2007–present)|
Myrin has appeared in many films, including Bachelorette, Kinsey and What Women Want. Notable television credits include guest roles on Orange Is The New Black, Fresh Off the Boat, Key and Peele, Inside Amy Schumer, Hung,Friends and Reno 911!.
Myrin has been a frequent panelist on E!'s Chelsea Lately roundtable, appearing over 100 times . She has also appeared twice as a guest on internet podcast Two Jacks in the Hole and twice appeared on the USA Network show Psych as a stalker with an attraction for older men.
Early life and education
Myrin was born on December 10, 1973 in Little Compton, Rhode Island, a seaside fishing village. Her father was an accountant, and her mother was a real estate agent. She has an older brother, Alarik. As a child, she staged her neighborhood plays, and she enjoyed seeing Annie on Broadway. Myrin attended the Friends Academy in Dartmouth, Massachusetts, where she graduated in 1988. She then attended Middlesex School in Concord, Massachusetts for high school. She is of Swedish and Norwegian heritage.
Afterwards, Myrin attended Colorado College, a small liberal arts school, where she received a degree in theater and studio arts and she was elected commencement speaker at her graduation. During one college break, Myrin began to study improvisational comedy and worked as an intern on NBC's Late Night with Conan O'Brien in 1993–94, where she admits she "mostly ran the Xerox machine".
Soon after graduation, Myrin briefly moved to Chicago when she became a member of the Improv Olympic and later re-located to Los Angeles where she was part of the same group. One of her memorable standup comedian acts included a section of her own life experiences called “Straight Outta Lil' Compton”. Myrin also trained with the L.A. Comedy troupe The Groundlings.
Myrin returned to New York and appeared in commercials while working as a waitress and taking acting classes. She caught a break when two casting directors sent an agent to see her newly minted stand-up comedy act, which netted her an agency contract.
Myrin officially joined the cast of MADtv in 2005 as a repertory performer for the eleventh season and remained with the show until it was canceled in 2009. Her characters included "Crafty Gal Kendra" and Alana from "Holly Meadow Estates". Her impersonations included Jennifer Love Hewitt, Jillian Barberie, Katherine Heigl, Tara Reid, Cindy McCain, Alex Borstein (as Lois Griffin from Family Guy), Kourtney Kardashian, Lo Bosworth, Heidi Montag, Goldie Hawn, Ali Lohan, Avril Lavigne, Mayim Bialik, Lily Allen, Jamie Lynn Spears, Emily Osment, and Portia de Rossi. She also played Melinda Calkins, a GUYCO (A parody of GEICO) customer, who appears in a GUYCO commercial telling the story of when she was in a car accident and Elmo from Sesame Street is hired as the celebrity who helps tell her story. Melinda says she was on her way to her mother's funeral when a truck hit her car head on. Elmo says "Elmo say that must have given you a boo boo!" and laughs. Melinda then says that her father flew through the windshield and hit his head on an iron fence and the airbag broke her sister's head and they're still looking for it. Elmo replies, "When Elmo loses things, Elmo retrace his steps!", and then laughs again. Melinda says that her insurance is GUYCO and Elmo says that he's going to count the street sign just as the police comes by with a body bag on a stretcher. The sign said "311" as Elmo reads it. Elmo then says, "Elmo love to read!", and laughs yet again. Melinda apologizes and says that the accident just happened and asks if they can do it later and Elmo says "Tickle Elmo!" and laughs. Melinda is so annoyed with Elmo laughing when her parents are dead that she throws him into a moving car, which slams on its brakes, and Melinda runs away. The scene then switches to Elmo being the GUYCO customer and Carlos Mencia (played by Johnny A. Sanchez) is the celebrity who's going to help tell his story. Elmo begins to regain consciousness and coughs and asks what happened and Carlos tells him about the previous commercial. Elmo is so annoyed that the best celebrity they can give him is Carlos Mencia and says that he would rather have George Lopez, Cheech Marin or Wilmer Valderrama. Carlos is so annoyed with Elmo that, when Elmo asks him to help him up, he tears his head off and throws it into the street. Elmo's head then hits the windshield of a car, which happens to belong to Mo'Nique (played by Erica Ash), who was in the first part of the GUYCO commercial. As Mo'Nique steps out of her car and sees Elmo's head on the windshield, despite being able to stand, she says that she's paralyzed, she's got whiplash and her back hurts. She plans to sue Carlos for throwing it just as Carlos runs away.
- Alana (Holly Meadow Estates)
- Kendra (Jazzed for Crafts)
- Lindsey (Apple iPad)
On December 30, 2007, Myrin married Dan Martin, a comedy writer she first met in 2001.
|Year||Title||Role||Notes||Box Office Performance|
|1997||I Think I Do||as Wendy||Comedy Movie||$345,478|
|1997||Deconstructing Harry||as Mary||Comedy Movie||$10,686,841|
|1997||In & Out||as Student||Comedy Movie||$63,856,929|
|1998||The Impostors||as Stewardess with Luggageas||Comedy Movie||$2,198,044|
|1999||30 Days||as Stacey||Comedy Movie|
|2000||What Women Want||as Darcy's Assistant||Comedy Romance Movie||$374,111,707|
|2001||Bubble Boy||as Lorraine||Comedy Adventure Movie||$5,007,898|
|2002||Highway||as Lucy||Comedy Drama Movie|
|2002||Auto Focus||Hippie Girl||$2,704,951|
|2003||Farm Sluts||as Larry's Co-worker||Comedy Movie|
|2003||Soul Mates||as Julie||Comedy Movie|
|2003||Dry Cycle||as Sarah||Comedy Movie|
|2004||Kinsey||as Emily||Biography Drama Movie||$10,254,979|
|2004||Whistlin' Dixie||as Bunny LeVine||Comedy Movie|
|2004||Christmas with the Kranks||as Daisy||Comedy Movie||$96,572,480|
|2005||Heart of the Beholder||as Patty||Drama Movie|
|2005||I'm Not Gay||as Foreperson||Comedy Movie|
|2007||Evan Almighty||as Evan's Staffer||Comedy Movie||$173,391,888|
|2009||The Informant!||as Sarah Scott||Comedy Movie||$33,316,821|
|2013||Wrong Cops||as Shirley||Comedy|
|1996||The Royale||as Daphne|
|1997–1999||Working||as Abby Cosgrove||NBC Comedy||39 Episodes|
|1999||Just Shoot Me!||as Amy||NBC Comedy||1 Episode|
|2000||Nikki||as Amy||The WB Comedy||1 Episode|
|2001||Friends||as Brenda||NBC Comedy||1 Episode|
|2003||On the Spot||as Caramel||The WB Comedy|
|2004||I'm with Her||as Girl||ABC Comedy|
|2004||Reno 911!||as Miss Nude Reno 1||Comedy Central Comedy|
|2005||Gilmore Girls||as Honor's Bridesmaid||Warner Brothers|
|2005||Kitchen Confidential||as Wendy||FOX Comedy|
|2005–2009, 2016||MADtv||as Various Characters||FOX Comedy||(Season 11–14) 82 Episodes|
|2007–2008||That's So Hollywood||as Herself|
|2007–2014||Chelsea Lately||as Herself||E! Network Comedy|
|2007||Good Day LA||as Herself|
|2009||True Jackson, VP||as Jenna Lutrell||Nickelodeon Comedy|
|2009||Michael and Michael Have Issues||as Various Characters|
|2009||It's On with Alexa Chung||as Herself... regular guest|
|2010||Party Down||as Vanna||Starz Comedy||1 Episode|
|2011||Hung||as Joanie||HBO Comedy||1 Episode|
|2011||RuPaul's Drag Race 3||Guest judge (as herself)||Logo||1 Episode|
|2011||Suburgatory||as Jocelyn||ABC Comedy||Recurring|
|2012||Delocated||as Marlo||Adult Swim Comedy||1 Episode|
|2012-2013||Psych||as Chelsea||2 Episodes|
|2013||Orange Is the New Black||as Doctor Brooks||Netflix||1 Episode|
|2014||@midnight||as Herself||4 Episodes|
|2014||Legit||as Tess||FXX||1 Episode|
|2014||Anger Management||as Paula||FX||1 Episode|
|2015||Fresh Off the Boat||as Ashley Alexander||ABC Comedy||3 Episodes|
|2015||K.C. Undercover||as Candice Adams||Disney Channel||Enemy of the State|
- "Making It Podcast: Episode 17". The Nerdist. November 7, 2011. Retrieved October 6, 2012.
Myrin mentions she's Swedish and Norwegian around the one minute mark
- Marialisa Calta (2008-01-06). "Vows: Arden Myrin and Dan Martin". New York Times. Archived from the original on 9 January 2008. Retrieved 2008-01-06.
- Arden Myrin at the Internet Movie Database
- Official MADtv site
- Arden Myrin is interviewed and performs on Radio Happy Hour
- The JV Club #87: Arden Myrin (interview) mp3