Jessica St. Clair

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Jessica St. Clair
Born (1977-09-21) September 21, 1977 (age 38)
Westfield, New Jersey, U.S.
Occupation Actress/Comedian/Writer
Years active 2002–present
Spouse(s) Dan O'Brien
Children 1

Jessica St. Clair (born September 21, 1977) is an American actress and improvisational comedian from the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. With frequent collaborator Lennon Parham, she co-created and co-starred in NBC's Best Friends Forever and USA Network's Playing House. She also currently recurs on the Comedy Central series Review.

Life and career[edit]

St. Clair was born and raised in Westfield, New Jersey, where she attended Westfield High School. She is a graduate of Middlebury College. She began her comedy career as a regular improviser and sketch performer at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York and Los Angeles, originally as a member of the improv team "Mother". Her first major television work was as a regular panelist on the VH1 series Best Week Ever, offering comedic insights on pop-culture and the news of the week.[1] She then co-starred in the short-lived ABC sitcom In the Motherhood in 2009.

St. Clair has since gained notice for her frequent guest appearances (often alongside performing partner Lennon Parham) on podcasts such as Comedy Bang! Bang!, where she plays the show's teenage intern Marissa Wompler. In 2015, St. Clair and Parham spun-off their characters in a new Earwolf podcast called WOMP It Up!, with St. Clair as host Marissa Wompler and Parham co-hosting as Marissa's teacher Miss Listler. Frequent guests on the podcast include Brian Huskey as Marissa's stepdad "Seth" and Jason Mantzoukas as Marissa's former flame Eric "Gutterballs" Gutterman. The podcast ran through the summer of 2015, returning after a hiatus on November 16, 2015.

St. Clair and frequent collaborator Lennon Parham created and starred in the NBC comedy series Best Friends Forever, which premiered on April 4, 2012 and aired for one season. St. Clair and Parham created and starred in their second comedy Playing House, which premiered on USA on April 29, 2014 and concluded its second season in fall 2015.

St. Clair has had recurring roles on television programs such as Veep, Weeds, The McCarthys, Marry Me, Worst Week and United States of Tara. She is also part of the recurring cast on the Comedy Central series Review, playing the role of Suzanne, the long-suffering wife of host Forrest MacNeil (played by Andy Daly), currently in its second season. St. Clair's notable work in film includes supporting roles in Bridesmaids, She's Out of My League, Afternoon Delight and Enough Said.

Personal life[edit]

St. Clair is married to playwright and poet Dan O'Brien.[citation needed] Their daughter Isobel Kelly O'Brien was born on October 1, 2013.[citation needed]

In 2015, St. Clair said she and Lennon Parham had both learned Transcendental Meditation.[2]


Year Title Role Notes
2004 Terrorists Jennifer Castle
2006 For Your Consideration Hula Balls Spokeswoman
2007 Trendsetters Julie Campbell Short film
2008 College Road Trip Ms. Prince
2009 Stay Cool Darcy Portola
2009 Condom Killer, TheThe Condom Killer Connor's Mother Short film
2009 Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard., TheThe Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard. Selleck Customer, Wife
2009 Taking Chances Reporter
2009 It's Complicated Wedding Specialist
2010 She's Out of My League Debbie
2010 Big Dog, TheThe Big Dog Lena Short film
2010 Red Roof Inn Chronicles, TheThe Red Roof Inn Chronicles Short film
2010 Life As We Know It Beth
2011 Bridesmaids Whitney
2012 Wanderlust Deena Schuster
2012 The Dictator Denise
2013 Afternoon Delight Stephanie
2013 Enough Said Cynthia
2015 Addicted to Fresno Kristen
Year Title Role Notes
2002 Colin Quinn Show, TheThe Colin Quinn Show Various 3 episodes
2003–2004 Smoking Gun TV, TheThe Smoking Gun TV Correspondent Series regular
2004 Things I Hate About You Juror Episode: "Patrick and Renee"
2005 Lies and the Wives We Tell Them To TV pilot
2007 IT Crowd, TheThe IT Crowd Jen TV pilot
2007 Samantha Who? Valerie Episode: "The Wedding"
2008–2009 Worst Week Sarah 6 episodes
2009 United States of Tara Tiffany St. Claire 2 episodes
2009 In the Motherhood Emily Series regular
2009 Labor Pains Pregnancy Class Instructor TV movie
2009 Hank Peggy Episode: "Yard Sale"
2010 Life & Times of Tim, TheThe Life & Times of Tim Kelly (voice)
Friend (voice)
2 episodes
2010 Notes from the Underbelly Violet Episode: "Spinning Out of Control"
2010 Sons of Tucson Marcia Teel Episode: "Sally Teel"
2010 Weeds Rebekkah 3 episodes
2011 Parks and Recreation Denise Burkiss Episode: "Road Trip"
2011 Curb Your Enthusiasm Anna Episode: "The Divorce"
2011 Love Bites Chloe 3 episodes
2011 How to Be a Gentleman Pam Episode: "How to Attend Your Ex-Fiance's Wedding"
2012 Best Friends Forever Jessica Black Star and co-creator
2013 The Office Casey Dean Episode: "A.A.R.M."
2013–2014 Veep Dana 4 episodes
2014–present Review Suzanne MacNeil 16 episodes
2014–present Playing House Emma Crawford Star and co-creator
2014–2015 The McCarthys Katrina 6 episodes
2014–2015 Marry Me Julie 3 episodes
2015 Comedy Bang! Bang! Miss Polite Episode: "Mark Duplass Wears a Striped Sweater and Jeans"
2015 Key & Peele Amy Episode: "Killer Concept Album"
2015 Sofia the First Athena (voice) Episode: "The Secret Library"


  1. ^ Jessica St Clair's work at Best Week Ever
  2. ^ Corridan, Kara (2015). "A Convo with Two Really Cool Moms". Parents. Archived from the original on 18 September 2015. Retrieved 18 September 2015. Lennon’s husband worked at a school where they taught transcendental meditation and took time out of the school day to meditate. … So Lennon and I learned meditation ... through the David Lynch Foundation, and we try and meditate at least once a day. 

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