Rachel Bloom

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Rachel Bloom
Rachel Bloom at 37th College Television Awards-adj.jpg
Bloom at the 37th College Television Awards
Birth name Rachel Leah Bloom
Born (1987-04-03) April 3, 1987 (age 30)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Medium Television, music, theatre
Alma mater New York University
Years active 2010–present
Genres Improvisational comedy, sketch comedy, black comedy, blue comedy, musical comedy, surreal humor, satire, toilet humor, cringe comedy
Subject(s) American politics, Jewish culture, current events, pop culture, self-deprecation, social awkwardness, human interaction, sex, tragedy, death, misfortune
Spouse Dan Gregor (m. 2015)
Website racheldoesstuff.com

Rachel Leah Bloom (born April 3, 1987)[1][2] is an American actress, comedian, singer, writer, producer, and songwriter. She is best known for creating, writing and playing the lead role of Rebecca Bunch in The CW comedy-drama series Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,[3] for which she won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy[4] and a Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Actress in a Comedy Series.[5] She also created the Hugo Award-nominated music video "Fuck Me, Ray Bradbury".[6][7]

Early life[edit]

Bloom was born in Los Angeles and grew up in Manhattan Beach,[8] the daughter of Shelli (née Rosenberg) and Alan Bloom.[1][9] Her family is Jewish.[10]

In 2009, Bloom graduated from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in Drama. While at NYU, Bloom was the head writer and director of the school's premier sketch comedy group, Hammerkatz. Post-college, Bloom performed at Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in New York and Los Angeles.[8] She was once roommates with comedian Ilana Glazer after college in Brooklyn.[11]

Career[edit]

In April 2010, Bloom wrote and sang the song, "Fuck Me, Ray Bradbury", which gained a cult following when it was released on Ray Bradbury's 90th birthday in 2010.[7] The song was inspired by her favorite Ray Bradbury book, The Martian Chronicles.[12][13] There was a photo of Bradbury posted online that purported to show him watching the video.[14][15] Bloom has worked as a television writer on Allen Gregory and Robot Chicken.[16]

On May 13, 2013, Bloom released her first album of musical comedy, Please Love Me, which included the songs "Fuck Me, Ray Bradbury" and "You Can Touch My Boobies". On November 19, 2013, she released her second album Suck It, Christmas, which featured a comedic look at Chanukah. It included the hit song "Chanukah Honey".[16] On December 17, 2013, Bloom was the voice of Princess Peach in the song "Luigi's Ballad", on Starbomb's self-titled debut album. Bloom co-wrote "Super Friend" performed by Melissa Benoist and Grant Gustin. The song was featured on the musical crossover episode of Supergirl and The Flash and the soundtrack released from the episode.

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend[edit]

On May 7, 2015, Bloom filmed a half-hour pilot for Showtime with co-executive producer Aline Brosh McKenna (The Devil Wears Prada) and directed by Marc Webb, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.[17] It was eventually picked up by The CW for the fall 2015–16 season.[18] The show became an hour long series with more network-friendly content when it transitioned from cable to network TV[19][20][21] and features musical numbers.[22] The show premiered on October 12, 2015.[23]

On December 10, 2015, Bloom received a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series – Comedy Or Musical for her work on Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.[24] On January 10, 2016, she won the Golden Globe Award in her category.[4] The following week, Bloom won the Critic's Choice Award for Best Actress in a Comedy Series.[5] Crazy Ex-Girlfriend began its second season on October 21, 2016.[25]

Personal life[edit]

Bloom married her boyfriend of six years, Dan Gregor, in early 2015 with her cousin, a rabbi, performing the ceremony.[26][27]

Filmography[edit]

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2011 Allen Gregory Staff writer; 4 episodes: "Pilot", "1 Night in Gottlieb", "Gay School Dance", "Full Blown Maids"
2012 How I Met Your Mother Wanda 1 episode: "The Drunk Train"
2012–14 Robot Chicken Various voice roles: Ariel, Woman, April O'Neil 17 episodes; also writer
2013–14 The High Fructose Adventures of Annoying Orange Chickpea, Breakfast Pastry (voice) 2 episodes; wrote episode: "Little Cart of Scaries"
2014–16 BoJack Horseman Various voice roles: Laura and Sitcom Writer / Sharona 5 episodes: "BoJack Horseman: The BoJack Horseman Story, Chapter One", "The Telescope", "Say Anything", "BoJack Hates the Troops", "Old Acquaintances"
2014 Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas Additional voices TV movie
2015–present Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Rebecca Bunch 31 episodes; also co-creator, executive producer, and writer
2016 Adam Ruins Everything Herself Episode: "Adam Ruins Hollywood"
2017 Bill Nye Saves the World Herself 2 episodes: "The Original Mars Invasion", "The Sexual Spectrum"

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2010 Fuck Me, Ray Bradbury Rachel
2011 I Steal Pets Rachel
2011 I Was a Mermaid and Now I'm a Pop Star Rachel
2011 Charlie Brown: Blockhead's Revenge Lucy Van Pelt, Sally Brown Produced by Funny or Die
2012 The Secret of the Gypsy Queen Ilsa Produced by Skeptoid Media
2012 Pictures of Your Dick Rachel
2012 You Can Touch My Boobies Rachel
2012 We Don't Need a Man Rachel
2013 Die When I'm Young Rachel
2013 If Disney Cartoons Were Historically Accurate Princess Rachel
2013 Chanukah Honey Rachel
2013 Luigi's Ballad Princess Peach (voice)
2014 NOBODY WILL WATCH THE F*CKING TONY AWARDS WITH ME Rachel
2014 The OCDance! Rachel
2016 Holy Shit (You've Got to Vote) Herself Public service advocacy, with various artists
2017 Ladyboss Rachel Produced by Bola Ogun and Vanity Fair
2017 I Don't Care About Award Shows Rachel

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Ceremony Category Nominated work Result Ref
2011 Hugo Awards Best Dramatic Presentation
Fuck Me, Ray Bradbury
Nominated
[10]
2013 Web Awards Best YouTube Song
You Can Touch My Boobies
Won
[10]
2015 Primetime Emmy Awards Short-format Animation
Robot Chicken
Nominated
[28]
Golden Globe Awards Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
Won
[29]
2016 Gold Derby Awards Best Comedy Actress Nominated
[30]
Breakthrough Performer of the Year Nominated
TCA Awards Individual Achievement in Comedy Won
[31]
Online Film and Television Awards Best Actress in a Comedy Series Nominated
EWwy Awards Best Actress, Comedy Nominated
[32]
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics Nominated
[33]
Outstanding Main Title Theme Music Nominated
Annual Gotham Awards Breakthrough Series – Long Form Won
[34]
Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Actress in a Comedy Series Won
[35]
2017 Golden Globe Awards Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy Nominated
[36]

References[edit]

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  8. ^ a b Thomasian, Deborah. "OK! Rachel Bloom Is Just The Best". Serial Optimist. Retrieved August 12, 2012. 
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  12. ^ Gertz, Stephen J. (August 20, 2010). "The Girl Who (NSFW) Loves Ray Bradbury". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Retrieved May 1, 2011. 
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