Jenny Slate

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Jenny Slate
Jenny Slate Obvious Child Premiere 2014 (cropped).jpg
Slate at the 2014 Obvious Child premiere
Born Jenny Sarah Slate
(1982-03-25) March 25, 1982 (age 33)
Milton, Massachusetts, U.S.
Residence Los Angeles, California
Alma mater Milton Academy
Columbia University
Occupation Actress, comedian, voice artist, author
Years active 2005–present
Spouse(s) Dean Fleischer-Camp (m. 2012)

Jenny Sarah Slate (born March 25, 1982)[1] is an American actress, stand-up comedian, voice artist and author best known for her role as Donna Stern in Obvious Child, as well as being the co-creator of the Marcel the Shell With Shoes On short films and children's book series. She is also known for her season as a cast member on Saturday Night Live from 2009 to 2010, for her appearances in shows, such as House of Lies, Married, Parks and Recreation, Bob's Burgers, Hello Ladies, and Kroll Show.

Early life[edit]

Slate was born Jenny Sarah Slate in Milton, Massachusetts on March 25, 1982 to Ron Slate (born 1950),[2] a Massachusetts-based poet and author,[3][4] and Nancy (née Gilson), a ceramicist.[5] She is the middle child of three, with two sisters named Abigail and Stacey.[6] She was raised in a Jewish family.[5] One of her grandmothers, whose family was from Russia and Turkey, was born in Cuba and raised in France.[7]

After graduating from Milton Academy as the valedictorian,[3] she attended Columbia University as a literature major,[5] where she helped form the improv group Fruit Paunch,[8] starred in the Varsity Show,[9] and met Gabe Liedman.[10] Slate graduated from Columbia University in 2004.[6][11]


Slate performing with Gabe Liedman in 2007

Alongside Gabe Liedman, Slate was half of the comedy duo Gabe & Jenny.[12] Their live stand-up shows with Max Silvestri titled Big Terrific was named best new variety show of 2008 by Time Out New York.[13]

In 2000, Slate first met Liedman while attending Columbia University.[14] They describe their relationship as a "nonsexual romance" and Slate says, "I like to think of us as kind of like Elaine Benes and George Costanza, but we like each other."[3] Throughout 2008 and 2009, Slate regularly performed her one-woman show titled Jenny Slate: Dead Millionaire at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater (UCBT) in New York City.[15]

She was best known as a regular commentator on many VH1 "talking head" commentary programs.[3] In early 2009, she had made several appearances on the Late Night with Jimmy Fallon recurring sketch "7th Floor West", where she acted out the role of an NBC page, also named Jenny, who was later promoted to Fallon's assistant.[16] She also had a recurring role in Bored to Death[11][17] and starred in Obvious Child.[18] Slate has made guest appearances on television programs, such as Bob's Burgers, Girls, The Whitest Kids U' Know, Important Things with Demetri Martin, and Raising Hope.

Slate joined the cast of Saturday Night Live for one season from 2009 to 2010.[8][16] In her first episode, she accidentally said "fucking" during her debut sketch "Biker Chick Chat", which was heard on the live broadcast, but removed from subsequent reruns.[19][20][21] During her brief time on the series, she impersonated celebrities (such as Hoda Kotb, Lady Gaga, and Kristen Stewart) and became known for Tina-Tina Chaneuse, an infomercial pitchwoman who advertises personalized doorbells, car horns, and alarm clocks.[22] Slate's contract was not renewed for another season and thus, she left the series.[23]

In August 2010, she co-wrote and voiced Marcel the Shell With Shoes On, which garnered viral success. This led to Marcel the Shell with Shoes on, Two.[24][25] Slate also wrote a "Marcel"-themed children's book that was released on November 1, 2011.[26] Her first major film role was as Zoe in Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked; more films followed in 2012, including the voice of Ted's mother in The Lorax.

Slate appears as Liz B. in the recurring "PubLIZity" sketches in Kroll Show, as well as many other recurring and one-off characters, performing in some capacity in almost every episode, much like Jon Daly.

In September 2012, it was announced that Slate had been hired to write the script for a reboot of the Looney Tunes franchise for Warner Bros. The film was described as being a "live action / CGI hybrid".[27] Her first appearance in Parks and Recreation was in the 2013 episode "Bailout", in which she portrayed Mona-Lisa Saperstein. On July 23, 2013, she appeared in Drunk History, retelling the history of Coca-Cola.

Slate co-starred with Judy Greer and Nat Faxon in the first season of the FX series Married.[28] She left the series as a series regular in season two, but will still appear in a few episodes. Sarah Burns will take her place in the series.

Personal life[edit]

In September 2012, Slate married filmmaker Dean Fleischer-Camp,[29] with whom Slate collaborates on the Marcel the Shell With Shoes On books and short films. She previously lived in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn[30] for many years before moving to Los Angeles, her current residence, in February 2012.[citation needed]

In an interview with MTV News in June 2014, when asked if she is a feminist, Slate stated, "Am I a feminist? Fuck yeah, I'm a feminist! I think that unfortunately, people who are maybe threatened by feminism think that it's about setting your bra on fire and being aggressive, and I think that's really wrong and really dangerous."[31]


Year Title Role Notes
2010 Marcel the Shell with Shoes On Marcel Short film
Also writer
2011 Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked Zoe
2012 This Means War Emily
The Lorax Mrs. Wiggins (voice)
2014 Obvious Child Donna Stern Newport Beach Film Festival Award for Breakout Actress
Santa Barbara International Film Festival Award for Virtuoso Award
Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Actress in a Comedy
Women Film Critics Circle Award for Best Comedic Actress
Nominated—Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead
Nominated—Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Most Promising Performer
Nominated—Gotham Award for Breakthrough Actor
Nominated—Seattle International Film Festival Award for Best Actress
Nominated—Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Breakthrough Performance on Camera
Nominated—Women Film Critics Circle Award for Best Screen Couple
The Longest Week Jocelyn
2015 Digging for Fire Yoga Couple
2016 Zootopia Assistant Mayor Bellwether (voice)
The Secret Life of Pets Gidget (voice) Filming
Joshy Jodi
Brain on Fire Filming
Gifted Bonnie Filming
Aardvark Filming
Year Title Role Notes
2005 Starved Member of Belt Tighteners Uncredited
Episode: "The Breatharians"
2008 The Whitest Kids U' Know Trevor's Date Episode #2.1
2009 Important Things with Demetri Martin Bride Episode: "Chairs"
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon Jenny the Page 8 episodes
Brothers Annette 2 episodes
2009–2010 Saturday Night Live Various 22 episodes
Bored to Death Stella 5 episodes
2011 Ugly Americans Jaclyn (voice) Episode: "Lily and the Beast"
2012 Girls Tally Schifrin Episode: "Leave Me Alone"
Raising Hope Joan Episode: "Throw Maw Maw from the House"
2012–present Bob's Burgers Tammy Larsen (voice) 13 episodes
2013 Hello Ladies Amelia Gordon 4 episodes
Super Fun Night Helen-Alice Unaired CBS Multi-Camera Pilot
2013–2015 Kroll Show Liz / Denise / Various 7 episodes
House of Lies Sarah Guggenheim 9 episodes
Parks and Recreation Mona-Lisa Saperstein 8 episodes
Drunk History Herself 2 episodes
2014 Brooklyn Nine-Nine Bianca Episode: "Undercover"
2014–2015 Married Jess Series regular
2015 Star vs. the Forces of Evil Pony Head (voice) Episode: "Party with a Pony"


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