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 34)
Milton, Massachusetts, U.S.
Residence Los Angeles, California
Education Milton Academy
Columbia University
Occupation Actress, voice actress, comedian, author
Years active 2005–present
Spouse(s) Dean Fleischer-Camp (m. 2012, separated 2016)[1]

Jenny Sarah Slate (born March 25, 1982) is an American actress, voice actress, comedian 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 and for her appearances in shows such as House of Lies, Married, Parks and Recreation, Bob's Burgers, Hello Ladies, Kroll Show, and Girls.

Early life and education[edit]

Slate was born Jenny Sarah Slate on March 25, 1982, in Milton, Massachusetts,[2][3] to Ron Slate (born 1950),[4] a Massachusetts-based poet and author,[5][6] and Nancy (née Gilson), a ceramicist.[7] She is the middle child of three, with two sisters named Abigail and Stacey.[8] She was raised in a Jewish family.[7] One of her grandmothers was born in Cuba, to a family from Russia and Turkey, and was raised in France.[9] After graduating from Milton Academy as the valedictorian,[5] Slate attended Columbia University as a literature major,[7] where she helped form the improv group Fruit Paunch,[10] starred in the Varsity Show[11] and met Gabe Liedman, who would become her comedy partner.[12] Slate graduated from Columbia University in 2004.[8][13]

Career[edit]

Alongside Gabe Liedman, Slate was half of the comedy duo Gabe & Jenny.[14] Their live stand-up shows with Max Silvestri titled Big Terrific were named best new variety show of 2008 by Time Out New York.[15]

Slate first met Liedman in 2000 while attending Columbia University.[16] 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."[5] 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.[17]

Slate was best known as a regular commentator on many VH1 "talking head" commentary programs.[5] 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.[18] She also had a recurring role in Bored to Death[13][19] and starred in Obvious Child.[20] 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 performing with Gabe Liedman in 2007

Slate joined the cast of Saturday Night Live for one season from 2009 to 2010.[10][18] 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 reruns.[21][22][23] 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 Cheneuse, an infomercial pitchwoman who advertises personalized doorbells, car horns, and alarm clocks.[24] Slate's contract was not renewed for another season and thus, she left the series.[25]

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.[26][27] Slate also wrote a "Marcel"-themed children's book that was released on November 1, 2011.[28] 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".[29] Her first appearance in Parks and Recreation was in the 2013 episode "Bailout", in which she portrayed Mona-Lisa Saperstein. Following her success on the NBC show, Slate released and starred in a 12 episode mini-series on YouTube called Catherine, celebrating late 1980' and early 1990s soap opera aesthetics.[30] 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.[31] She left the series as a series regular in season two, but still appeared in a few episodes. Sarah Burns took her place in the series.

Personal life[edit]

In September 2012, Slate married filmmaker Dean Fleischer-Camp,[32] with whom she collaborated on the Marcel the Shell With Shoes On books and short films. The pair announced their separation in May 2016,[1] with Slate entering a relationship with actor Chris Evans shortly after.[33][34]

She lived in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, before moving with her former husband to Los Angeles in the early 2010s.[35]

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
2010 Marcel the Shell with Shoes On Marcel Short film
Also writer
2011 Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked Zoey
2012 This Means War Emily
The Lorax Mrs. Wiggins Voice role
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 Joshy Jodi
Zootopia Assistant Mayor Dawn Bellwether Voice role
My Blind Brother Rose
The Secret Life of Pets Gidget Voice role
Brain on Fire
2017
Landline Dana Jacobs In post-production
The Lego Batman Movie Harley Quinn Voice role; In post-production
Gifted Bonnie In post-production
Aardvark Emily Milburton In post-production
The Polka King In production
Television
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"
2009 Late Night with Jimmy Fallon Jenny the Page 8 episodes
2009 Brothers Annette 2 episodes
2009–10 Saturday Night Live Various 22 episodes
2009 Bored to Death Stella 5 episodes
2011 Ugly Americans Jaclyn (voice) Episode: "Lily and the Beast"
2012 Raising Hope Joan Episode: "Throw Maw Maw from the House"
2012–2016 Girls Tally Schifrin 2 episodes
2012–present Bob's Burgers Tammy Larsen (voice) 17 episodes
2013 Hello Ladies Amelia Gordon 4 episodes
2013 Super Fun Night Helen-Alice Unaired CBS pilot
2013–15 Kroll Show Liz / Denise / Various 7 episodes
2013–15 House of Lies Sarah Guggenheim 9 episodes
2013–15 Parks and Recreation Mona-Lisa Saperstein 8 episodes
2013 Drunk History Herself 2 episodes
2014 Brooklyn Nine-Nine Bianca Episode: "Undercover"
2014 The Getaway Herself Episode: "Jenny Slate In Barcelona"
2014–15 Married Jess 14 episodes
2015 Star vs. the Forces of Evil Pony Head (voice) 4 episodes
2016 Adventure Time Huntress Wizard (voice) Episode: "Flute Spell"
2016 Animals. Snake (voice) Episode: "Squirrels. Part I."
2016 Lady Dynamite Karen Grisham 3 episodes
2017 Big Mouth

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b King, Brittany (May 4, 2016). "Jenny Slate and Husband Dean Fleischer-Camp Split". People. Retrieved 1 August 2016. 
  2. ^ "Jenny Slate". TVGuide.com. Retrieved May 11, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Jenny Sarah Slate". FamilySearch.org. Retrieved May 11, 2016. 
  4. ^ http://www.ronslate.com/about_ron_slate
  5. ^ a b c d "Questions For: Jenny Slate". Boston Daily. February 27, 2009. Archived from the original on November 13, 2009. Retrieved August 18, 2010. 
  6. ^ Slate, Ron (April 7, 2005). The Incentive of the Maggot. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. p. v. Archived at Google Books. Retrieved September 10, 2014.
  7. ^ a b c "Comedian Jenny Slate in Obvious Child". Jewish Journal. June 30, 2014. Retrieved June 30, 2014. 
  8. ^ a b Kurtz Ferrari, Kathy (September 24, 2009). "Jenny Slate Joins the Cast of 'Saturday Night Live'". Milton Times. Retrieved August 18, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Jenny Slate On Her Career-Making Film 'Obvious Child'". bullettmedia.com. Retrieved May 15, 2015. 
  10. ^ a b "Jenny Slate". Saturday Night Live. Retrieved September 28, 2009. 
  11. ^ Fitzner, Ana (May 3, 2002). "Varsity Show Reach Exceeds Its Grasp". Columbia Spectator. Retrieved August 18, 2010. 
  12. ^ "Jenny Slate". Into the Gloss. June 2014. Retrieved July 2, 2014. 
  13. ^ a b "Vulture Interviews New Saturday Night Live Cast Member Jenny Slate". Vulture. New York Magazine. September 11, 2009. Retrieved August 18, 2010. 
  14. ^ Parker, Billy (June 10, 2009). "Gabe Liedman and Jenny Slate, Comedians". Gothamist. Retrieved August 18, 2010. 
  15. ^ Borden, Jane (December 2008). "Comedy: The best (and worst) of 2008". Time Out New York. Retrieved August 18, 2010. 
  16. ^ Karakh, Ben (May 4, 2007). "Gabe Liedman and Jenny Slate, A Night with Gabe and Jenny". Gothamist. Retrieved August 18, 2010. 
  17. ^ "Jenny Slate". Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. Retrieved August 18, 2010. 
  18. ^ a b Bryant, Adam (September 9, 2009). "Saturday Night Live Adds Two New Cast Members". tvguide.com. 
  19. ^ Barrett, Annie (November 9, 2009). "'Bored to Death:' Jenny Slate, please come back". PopWatch. Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved August 18, 2010. 
  20. ^ Johnson, Kjerstin (October 2, 2009). "New short film is cute, quirky, and candid. And it's about abortion.". Bitch Magazine. Retrieved August 18, 2010. 
  21. ^ Schwindt, Oriana (September 15, 2014). "What's Worth Watching". TV Guide. p. 79
  22. ^ "'Saturday Night Live' starts season with F-bomb". Associated Press. September 28, 2009. Retrieved August 18, 2010. 
  23. ^ Hollowell, Jenny (December 13, 2009). "TV Moment of 2009: Jenny Slate Drops the F-Bomb on 'SNL'". TV Squad. Retrieved August 18, 2010. 
  24. ^ Anne, Sarah (September 8, 2010). "Celebritology 2.0 – Jenny Slate leaves 'Saturday Night Live', and we ask, what went wrong?". The Washington Post. 
  25. ^ Itzkoff, Dave (September 7, 2010). "'Saturday Night Live' Cast Adds Four and Loses One More - NYTimes.com". The New York Times. Retrieved February 24, 2011. 
  26. ^ Lyons, Margaret (August 17, 2010). "Jenny Slates's 'Marcel the Shell with Shoes On' is fantastic". PopWatch. Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved August 18, 2010. 
  27. ^ Matheson, Whitney (August 29, 2010). "Exclusive: 'SNL' star Jenny Slate chats about 'Marcel the Shell'". Pop Candy. USA Today. Retrieved August 30, 2010. 
  28. ^ Swerdloff, Alexis (November 3, 2010). "Jenny Slate Emerges From Her Shell ... As A Shell". Papermag.com. Retrieved February 24, 2011. 
  29. ^ "Former 'SNL' Star to Write 'Looney Tunes' Reboot Film (Exclusive)". hollywoodreporter.com. September 19, 2012. Retrieved October 13, 2012. 
  30. ^ "Catherine". May 19, 2013. Retrieved June 23, 2016. 
  31. ^ "FX Orders Series Starring Nat Faxon, Judy Greer, Brett Gelman, and Jenny Slate; Coming in July". Splitsider. January 24, 2014. 
  32. ^ Killoran, Ellen (May 25, 2011). "The Rise and Fall and Rise of Jenny Slate". L Magazine. Retrieved June 19, 2011. 
  33. ^ EXCLUSIVE: Jenny Slate Can't Stop Gushing Over 'Dream' Boyfriend Chris Evans as They Make Their Red Carpet Debut As a Couple
  34. ^ ‘CAPTAIN AMERICA’ HERO CHRIS EVANS ATTENDS O AT BELLAGIO FOR SECOND TIME
  35. ^ Battan, Carrie (June 2, 2014). "How Jenny Slate Went from an 'SNL' Blunder to 'Obvious Child' Success". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on May 6, 2016. Retrieved June 4, 2014. Slate decamped for Los Angeles a couple of years ago with her now-husband, director Dean Fleischer-Camp. 

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