Paula Pell

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Paula Pell
Born (1963-04-15) April 15, 1963 (age 55)[1]
Joliet, Illinois
Occupation Comedy writer, producer, actress
Nationality American

Paula Pell (born April 15, 1963) is an American comedy writer, producer, and actress, best known for her work writing for the sketch series Saturday Night Live.[2][3][4]

Life and career[edit]

Pell has been a writer for Saturday Night Live since 1995. She also was a producer and writer for the sitcom 30 Rock, and is credited for writing the episodes "Argus" and "Floyd". In 2006, a pilot she wrote, Thick and Thin, was picked up by NBC for 13 episodes, with Pell as executive producer.[2] Pell has worked with Judd Apatow providing additional writing for the films Bridesmaids and This is 40.

As an actress, Pell appeared in several episodes of 30 Rock as the wife of Pete Hornberger, and played the mother of Ron Swanson in a 2011 episode of Parks and Recreation.[3] She has also appeared as an extra or in bit parts in dozens of SNL sketches. Pell voices Gadget Gal in the Hulu original series The Awesomes.[5]

She has a small cameo in the 2013 comedy film Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. She co-created web series Hudson Valley Ballers with fellow SNL writer and long time friend James Anderson with whom she also co-stars.[6] Tina Fey produced and starred in Pell's first feature screenplay, Sisters (2015).[7] Pell also played the dream producer and Mom's Anger in the 2015 Pixar film Inside Out. In 2016-2018, she starred guest-starred in the TV series Love as Erika. She currently plays Helen Henry DeMarcus on the show, A.P. Bio.[8] She also plays Aunt Mo in the Showtime series SMILF.


  1. ^ Bendix, Trish (October 24, 2013). "Paula Pell on being out in the "SNL" writers' room and her new web series -". Retrieved June 22, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Paula Pell". Here's The Thing. NPR. 26 November 2012. Archived from the original on 12 April 2013. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Longwell, Todd (2 December 2011). "Pell: 'SNL' scribe plays for bigscreen laughs". Variety. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  4. ^ Evans, Bradford (8 January 2013). "Talking to Paula Pell About Working at 'SNL' for 17 Years, Writing with Apatow, and Other Stuff". Splitsider. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  5. ^ Walker, Allison (September 23, 2014). "SNL's Paula Pell 'waiting for the action figure'". News 13. Retrieved January 12, 2015. 
  6. ^ Hartsell, Carol (17 December 2013). "10 Reasons You Should Watch 'Hudson Valley Ballers' Right Now". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 12 July 2015. 
  7. ^ Fleming Jr., Mike (4 February 2013). "'Pitch Perfect' Helmer Jason Moore In Tune With Tina Fey For Uni Comedy 'The Nest'". Deadline. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  8. ^ "A.P. Bio - Wikipedia". Retrieved 2018-04-14. 

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