Newton, Massachusetts, U.S.
|Occupation||Actress, comedian, writer|
Jessica Chaffin is an American actress, comedian, and writer best known as part of the comedy duo Ronna and Beverly with Jamie Denbo. She is also known for her recurring roles as Coco Wexler on Nickelodeon's Zoey 101, Marie Faldonado in the CBS sitcom Man with a Plan and appearing in the films Spy and The Heat. She starred as Beth in the NBC sitcom Abby's.
Chaffin was born and raised in Newton, Massachusetts. Her father is from a Jewish family, and her mother, who is of Scottish and English ancestry, converted to Judaism; Chaffin was raised Jewish. Her brother, Joshua Chaffin, is a writer for the Financial Times.
She is a regular performer at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in Los Angeles, often performing with her comedy partner Jamie Denbo. From 2005 to 2008, Chaffin was known for playing Coco Wexler, the girls' dorm adviser on all four seasons of the Nickelodeon series Zoey 101. From 2008 to 2009, she also worked with Amy Poehler as a writer and voice actor on the animated series The Mighty B! playing several roles, including that of Portia's cousin, Chelsea. Then she popped up on various TV shows, including 90210, United States of Tara, New Girl, Man with a Plan, Veep, Episodes, and Search Party, and in the movies Spy, Pitch Perfect 3, and Fun Mom Dinner.
Chaffin has made guest appearances on television programs such as Weeds, Entourage, and Curb Your Enthusiasm. In December 2009, her comedy pilot Ronna & Beverly (based on the popular stage show she performs with Denbo at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre) aired on Showtime. Ronna & Beverly was eventually turned into a six-part comedy talk show, which was co-produced by Paul Feig and premiered on September 10, 2012 on Sky Atlantic HD in the United Kingdom. Together with Denbo, Chaffin created the Ronna and Beverly podcast. A follow-up podcast, Ask Ronna, with Chaffin co-hosting with Bryan Safi was launched in 2019.
Ronna and Beverly
Chaffin and comedy partner Jamie Denbo hosted a podcast, Ronna and Beverly, on the Earwolf network from 2011 until 2017 wherein they interviewed celebrity guests, interacted with one another, and dispensed advice to listeners. Chaffin and Denbo developed their characters in 2006 when they were asked to host an all-Jewish 'Kosher Christmas Show' at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre.
Live performances from the pair were frequently advertised as "seminars" in which their characters discuss the fictional book they co-authored, "You'll Do a Little Better Next Time: A Guide to Marriage and Re-marriage for Jewish Singles." After introducing the book, either Chaffin or Denbo would often add the clarification, "It says Jewish in the name, but it's for everyone!"
Episodes of their eponymous podcast were released every two weeks by Earwolf. Guests included people working in comedy, as well as actors, authors, and filmmakers. The podcast premiered on May 25, 2011. In episode 161 on June 15, 2017 (not long after they started teasing the possibility of releasing weekly episodes), Ronna and Beverly suddenly announced they were taking off "for the summer." Since then, no new episodes have been released and the actresses have not appeared together in character. Jessica Chaffin has kept Ronna alive by appearing in character as a guest on other podcasts and by maintaining an Instagram account.
In November, 2019, Chaffin and co-host Bryan Safi premiered a new podcast called Ask Ronna, in which Chaffin continues to appear as Ronna Glickman. Safi and Chaffin's show focuses on requests for advice and questions from listeners, and often feature a celebrity guest.
|2007||Wild Girls Gone||N/A|
|2010||MA Men||Joan Harris||Video short|
|MA Men 2|
|2011||The Real Housewives of South Boston||Chaffin|
|The Real Housewives of South Boston: Christmas Special|
|2014||Girltrash: All Night Long||Officer Jackie|
|2015||Hello, My Name Is Doris||DIY Kate|
|2017||Fun Mom Dinner||Jen|
|Pitch Perfect 3||Evan|
|1999||The Amanda Show||The Dare Show contestant
FBI agent (segments)
|2000||Upright Citizens Brigade||Junkie cheerleader||Episode: "Thunderball"|
|2002||All That||Security Guard||Episode: "Kenan Thompson/LFO"|
|2003||What I Like About You||Geena||Episode: "Loose Lips"|
|2005–08||Zoey 101||Coco Wexler||13 episodes|
|2005||Las Vegas||Maggie Stein||Episode: "One Nation, Under Surveillance"|
|2007||The Very Funny Show||Mike's Mother
|Episode: "Future Me"|
|2008||Weeds||Crackhead||Episode: "Till We Meet Again"
Episode: "Head Cheese"
|Entourage||Barbara's assistant||Episode: "Seth Green Day"|
|Held Up||Sharon||Television film|
|2008–09||The Mighty B!||Chelsea (voice)
Virginia/Passerby 2 (voice)
Chelsea/Black widow 1 (voice)
|Episode: "Bat Mitzvah Crashers"/"Super Secret Weakness"|
Episode: "Boston Beean"
Episode: "Penny Hearts Joey"
Episode: "Bee Patients"
|2009||Curb Your Enthusiasm||Hostess||Episode: "Funkhouser's Crazy Sister"|
|Ronna & Beverly||Ronna Glickman||Television film|
|2009–10||90210||Ms. Geiser (field hockey coach)||Episode: "Confessions"|
Episode: "Rats and Heroes"
Episode: "Love Me or Leave Me"
|2010–11||United States of Tara||Mrs. Fox||4 episodes|
|Ronna & Beverly||Ronna||Comedy talk show|
|2 Broke Girls||Druggie girl||Episode: "And the Egg Special"|
|Eugene!||Painted Lady||Television film|
|2013||Arrested Development||Junkie||2 episodes|
|Comedy Bang! Bang!||Jane Rizzoli||Episode: "Andy Richter Wears a Suit Jacket & a Baby Blue Button Down Shirt"|
|Ghost Ghirls||Jessica Clemens||Episode: "Ghost Writer"|
|Childrens Hospital||Hypnotist||Episode: "Blaken"|
|The League||Mrs. Shapiro||Episode: "The Automatic Faucet"|
|2013–14||New Girl||Bertie||4 episodes|
|2014||The Crazy Ones||Elaine||Episode: "March Madness"|
|Sam & Cat||Coco Wexler||Episode: "#FirstClassProblems"|
|Silicon Valley||Episode: "Optimal Tip-to-Tip Efficiency"|
|The Hotwives of Orlando||Ruth||Episode: "Intervention Party"|
|2014–17||Episodes||Nina / Woman||5 episodes|
|2015||Other Space||General Hayson||Episode: "Into the Great Beyond... Beyond"|
|Another Period||Pussy Von Anderstein||Episode: "Divorce"|
|You're The Worst||Di||Episode: "A Right Proper Story"|
|2016||Mike & Molly||Allison||Episode: "Cops on the Rocks"|
|Difficult People||Joanie||Episode: "Italian Piñata"|
|2016–17||Veep||Congresswoman Gellardi||5 episodes|
|Man with a Plan||Marie Faldonado||11 episodes|
|2017||I'm Sorry||Nurse||Episode: "Pilot"|
|Search Party||Crystal||4 episodes|
|2017–present||Big Mouth||Shannon Glaser (voice)||16 episodes|
|2019||Abby's||Beth||Main cast; 10 episodes|
|Bajillion Dollar Propertie$||Ronna||Episode: "Missing Dean"|
|2011–2017||Ronna & Beverly||164 episodes|
|2012||How Did This Get Made||Episode 33: Abduction|
|2013–14||The Dead Authors Podcast||Chapter 17: Agatha Christie|
Chapter 37: Truman Capote
|2014||The JV Club||Episode 140|
|2014||Totally Laime||Episode 236: Murder Car!|
|2015||Reading Aloud||Episode 13: Kevin Sussman, Robey Clark, Jessica Chaffin|
Episode 32: Book Club 11: All the Light We Cannot See
|2015||Womp It Up!||Episode 12: Spotlight On: Donna "Pep" Delpepio|
|2015||About Last Night||Episode 97|
|2015–16||Spontaneanation||8: A Superyacht|
|20: Death Valley|
|25: 10th Circle of Hell|
|28: One Hour Photo Shop|
|44: The One Beauty Parlor In A Small Town|
|2016||Hard Nation||Episode 9: Megyn Kelly Is Inside the Boys Club|
|2016||Sklarbro Country||Episode 237|
|2016-17||Bitch Sesh: A Real Housewives Breakdown||Episode 15: Hearing Is Believing|
25: All the Countess's Men
35: Body of Evidence (w/ Lindy Jamil Gomez, Jessica Chaffin)
68: Reunion (w/ Jessica Chaffin)
85: Farm-to-Table Manners (w/ Jessica Chaffin)
|2017||Throwing Shade||Episode 305, 301|
|2017||Hollywood Handbook||Episode 206|
|2017||Never Not Funny||Episode 19xf|
|2017||Next Level with Chris Tallman||Episode 8|
|2017||Lovett or Leave It||Episode 15|
|2017||Minor Revelations||Episode 43|
|2017||The Kibitz||Episode 19|
|2019||Throwing ShOscars||6 Episodes (as Ronna Glickman)|
|2019–Present||Ask Ronna with Bryan Safi||(as Ronna Glickman)|
|2020||Throwing ShOscars||(as Ronna Glickman)|
|2003||Aerobic Striptease||Video documentary|
|2008–9||The Mighty B!||TV||16 episodes|
|2010||90210||TV||Episode: "Meet the Parent"|
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