Jill Talley

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Jill Talley
41st Annie Awards, Jill Talley.jpg
Talley at the 2014 Annie Awards
Born (1962-12-19) December 19, 1962 (age 53)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Other names Jill Kenny
Occupation Actress
Years active 1992–present
Spouse(s) Tom Kenny (m. 1995)
Children Mack Kenny
Nora Kenny

Jill Talley (born December 19, 1962) is an American actress. She is known for her work as a cast member of Mr. Show, voicing Karen on SpongeBob SquarePants, and voicing Sarah Dubois and various other characters on Adult Swim's The Boondocks. She often collaborates with her husband and fellow actor Tom Kenny.


In her twenties, Talley performed improv comedy in Chicago at the Improv Institute and The Second City. Talley and her husband, Tom Kenny, were both cast members of the cult short-lived FOX Network sketch comedy show The Edge from 1992 to 1993 and sketch comedy show Mr. Show from 1995 to 1998. They also appeared together in the May 1996 video for "Tonight, Tonight" by The Smashing Pumpkins as a married couple who take a honeymoon on the moon.[1]

Talley's vocal work includes playing Karen, computer wife of Plankton on SpongeBob SquarePants, as well as Gretchen, the tomboyish alligator Squirrel Scout, the scholarly giraffe named Nina, and the largely angry warthog named Ms. Mucus on Camp Lazlo. She also voices Sarah Dubois on the Adult Swim show The Boondocks. She also voiced Lady Granite in the Plastic Man DC Nation Shorts. She had voiced Maja the Sky Witch in the Adventure Time episode "Sky Witch."

Since Mr. Show's run she has also appeared in minor roles in several films such as Little Miss Sunshine and Sky High, in the latter of which she appeared with her husband.

Personal life[edit]

Talley was born in Chicago, Illinois.[2] She first met her husband Tom Kenny in 1992 while working on The Edge in 1992. They have two children, Mack (born c. 1997) and Nora (born August 2003).[1][3]



Year Title Role Notes
1998 Sour Grapes Lois
2000 The Ladies Man Candy
2002 Run Ronnie Run Tammy
2003 Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd Mom
2004 The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie Karen, The Computer Wife
Old Lady
2005 Sky High Mrs. Timmerman
2006 Little Miss Sunshine Cindy
Asterix and the Vikings Walla-Female Voice
2009 World's Greatest Dad Make-up Woman
2015 The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water Karen, The Computer Wife Voice


Year Title Role Notes
1992-93 The Edge Various 20 episodes
1995–98 Mr. Show with Bob and David Various 26 episodes
1999–present SpongeBob SquarePants Karen 87 episodes
2005 What's New, Scooby-Doo? Frida Flora 1 episode
2005–08 Camp Lazlo Gretchen / Miss Mucus / Nina Neckley 15 episodes
2005–12 American Dad! Cocktail Waiter / Flight Attendant / Oscar's Mom 9 episodes
2005–14 The Boondocks Sarah Dubois / Various 46 episodes
2014–15 TripTank Mom / Pierced Gypsy / Goddess on a Horse 8 episodes
W/ Bob and David Various 5 episodes
2016 The Loud House Mom

Video games[edit]

EverQuest II - Generic Iksar Ghost Enemy, Generic Siren Enemy, Generic Valkyrie Enemy


  1. ^ a b "Tom Kenny: Biography". T.V Guide. Retrieved 21 September 2012. 
  2. ^ "Voice of SpongeBob joins new Fox cartoon series". The Providence Journal. 25 April 2009. Retrieved 2009-09-18. 
  3. ^ Edwards, Ellen (November 30, 2004). "As the voice of SpongeBob, Tom Kenny knows it's hip to be square". Chicago Tribune. 

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