Kenney on the set of Suburban Shootout in September 2008
January 20, 1970
Westport, Connecticut, U.S.
Steven V. Silver (m. 2004)
Kerri Kenney-Silver (born January 20, 1970) is an American actress, comedian, writer, singer, and musician. She is best known for starring as Trudy Wiegel on Comedy Central's mockumentary series Reno 911! and previously for her sketch comedy work on MTV's The State, where she was the show's lone female cast member. She has also appeared with recurring roles on sitcoms such as Superstore, 2 Broke Girls, Love, and The Ellen Show. In the mid-late 1990s, Kenney fronted the all-female rock band Cake Like.
Kenney-Silver was born Kerri Kenney in Westport, Connecticut, the daughter of Sharon (McGaughey) and Larry Kenney, an actor who is known for his classic voice over work. She has a sister, Ashley, and a brother, Tanner.
Kenney-Silver attended NYU where she joined the sketch comedy group The New Group which ultimately became The State. The group was picked up for a self-titled sketch comedy show on MTV, The State, which aired between 1993 and 1995.
After the show's completion, Kenney-Silver continued working with her fellow troupe members on other projects. In 1996, she co-wrote and starred in Viva Variety, a parody of variety shows that aired on Comedy Central for two seasons.
In 2000, Kenney-Silver voiced the character of "Gravitina" in the children's cartoon Buzz Lightyear of Star Command. She has since done a number of voices on the Nickelodeon series Invader Zim. Additionally, she was cast as a regular on The Ellen Show, which aired until 2001. She later found success with Reno 911!, a series on Comedy Central that parodied police reality shows like COPS, which also featured former members of the State, Thomas Lennon, Ben Garant, and Joe Lo Truglio. The show was cancelled in 2009 after six seasons. Kenney-Silver also appeared on the TV series Still Standing.
In July 2008, Kenney-Silver made her debut as "Dame Delilah", the title character in the web series Dame Delilah's Fantasy Ranch & Gift Shoppe. On the site, various comedians give video testimony as characters working at or otherwise visiting the fictional Cat House. Kenney-Silver created the series and it was produced by her husband, Steve Silver, and Jared Mazzaschi.
Kenney-Silver was among the cast of Suburban Shootout, a pilot episode directed and executive produced by Barry Sonnenfeld for HBO. The pilot filmed in The Hamptons, Long Island, in September 2008. HBO has not announced if it will pick up the pilot for a season. The pilot is based on the British comedy of the same name.
In December 2011 it was announced that Kenney-Silver and actress Jamie Denbo were developing a new series for Comedy Central called "Dame Delilah’s Rabbit Hole Ranch" based on a web series they previously created and starred in.
In March 2012 it was announced Kenney-Silver had been cast a lead role in the ABC comedy pilot Counter Culture about three aging sisters (Kenney, Delta Burke and Margo Martindale) running their family diner together in West Texas. The pilot was not picked up for production by ABC.
From 2016 to 2018, she played the recurring role of Syd (the neighbor of Gillian Jacobs) in the Netflix comedy series Love. She currently recurs on the NBC sitcom Superstore, playing the role of Jerusha Sturgis, Glenn's wife, who was introduced in the third season.
Kenney-Silver is married to cinematographer Steven V. Silver. Their son, Kai, was born in 2005.
|1998||Orange Quarters||First Funeral Mourner|
|1999||Terror Firmer||Woman with Eyeball in Her Cleavage|
|2001||Wet Hot American Summer||Paco's Wife|
|2003||Kim Possible: The Secret Files||The Bebes (voice)|
|2006||Pledge This!||Kathy Johnson|
|2007||The Ten||Bernice Jaffe|
|Reno 911!: Miami||Deputy Trudy Wiegel||Also writer and producer|
|Balls of Fury||Showgirl||Cameo|
|The Comebacks||Sports Judge|
|2008||Role Models||Lynette Farcques|
|2009||All About Steve||Miss Hancock|
|2013||Dealin' with Idiots||Caitlin|
|2015||Hell and Back||Madame Zonare (voice)|
|2016||Other People||Aunt Lynne|
|2017||Downsizing||Single Mom Kristen||Cameo|
|2018||A Futile and Stupid Gesture||Sullivan Producer|
|1992||You Wrote It, You Watch It||Various Characters||Also writer|
|1993–1995||The State||Various||26 episodes; also writer and creator|
|1997||Viva Variety||Agatha Laupin||16 episodes; also writer|
Nominated - CableACE Award for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series
|1998||Hercules||Gaia (voice)||Episode: "Hercules and the Prince of Thrace"|
|2000||Hey Neighbor||Dotty||TV pilot|
|The Weekenders||Tish's Mom (voice)||Episode: "To Be or Not to Be"|
|Buzz Lightyear of Star Command||Various (voice)||5 episodes|
|2001||Clerks||Mother (voice)||2 episodes|
|2001–2002||The Ellen Show||Pam||16 episodes|
|2001–2002||Invader Zim||Various (voice)||2 episodes|
|2002||What I Like About You||Lisa Lillien||Episode: "Pilot"|
|2002-2004||Teamo Supremo||Electronica (voice)||Episode: "Electronica's Game"|
|2002–2006||Still Standing||Marion Fitzsimmons||5 episodes|
|2002–2007||Kim Possible||Bebes (voice)||5 episodes|
|2003–2009||Reno 911!||Deputy Trudy Wiegel||88 episodes; also writer and creator|
|2004||Brandy & Mr. Whiskers||Mama Croc (voice)||2 episodes|
|Cheap Seats: Without Ron Parker||Alice Karp||Episode: "Putt-Putt"|
|2006||Lovespring International||Beatrice||Episode: "The Psychic"|
|2007||Wainy Days||Kerri||Episode: "Walking Tour"|
|2008||Pushing Daisies||Alexandria||Episode: "Oh Oh Oh... It's Magic"|
|2010||Adventure Time||Various voices||2 episodes|
|Tax Man||Bethany||TV pilot|
|Party Down||Aviatrix||Episode: "Not on Your Wife Opening Night"|
|Pretend Time||Mrs. Hampton||Episode: "Mudslide Junction"|
|2010–2013||Childrens Hospital||Herself / Dutch Tourist||Episode: "Give a Painted Brother a Break"|
|2011||Raising Hope||Gwen||Episode: "Everybody Flirts... Sometimes"|
|2012||Are You There, Chelsea?||Olga||Episode: "Surprise"|
|Counter Culture||Billie Haynes||TV pilot|
|Anger Management||Mel||2 episodes|
|Burning Love||Jay||2 episodes|
|Comedy Bang! Bang!||Meryl Hmm||Episode: "Weird Al Yankovic Wears a Hawaiian Shirt"|
|Sullivan & Son||Jo||Episode: "The Prodigal Sister"|
|It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia||Therapist||Episode: "The Gang Gets Analysed"|
|2013||The New Normal||Dr. Howell||Episode: "Dog Children"|
|Newsreaders||Tina Barry||Episode: "CCSI: Boston"|
|Key & Peele||Episode: "Pussy on the Chainwax"|
|2014||New Girl||Captain Jan Nortis||Episode: "Cruise"|
|Us & Them||Gwen||7 episodes|
|2014–2015||American Dad!||Parole Officer / Rhonda Hughart (voice)||2 episodes|
|2015||Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp||Real Estate Agent||Episode: "Auditions"|
|2015–2016||Harvey Beaks||Miriam (voice)||26 episodes|
|2016||Angie Tribeca||Laurie Partridge||Episode: "Ferret Royale"|
|Animals.||Leslie (voice)||Episode: "Rats."|
|Teachers||Mrs. Barkley||Episode: "The Last Day"|
|Bajillion Dollar Propertie$||Mrs. Gullier||Episode: "Amir Is Glenn's Mentor"|
|Lady Dynamite||Ginny Kimmle||Episode: "Mein Ramp"|
|Loosely Exactly Nicole||Bernice||Episode: "Mistress"|
|Shameless||Constance Grace||Episode: "Requiem for a Slut"|
|2017||Bob's Burgers||Various voices||2 episodes|
|2 Broke Girls||Denise||3 episodes|
|2018||Superstore||Jerusha Sturgis||3 episodes|
|A Series of Unfortunate Events||Babs||2 episodes: "The Hostile Hospital"|
|Big Hero 6: The Series||Jaq / Doctor (voice)||Episode: "The Impatient Patient"|
|2019||Santa Clarita Diet||Petra Blazic||Episode: "Zombody"|
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