|Born||Washington, D.C., U.S.|
|Residence||Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
|Education||James Madison University|
Life and career
Baker was born in the Washington, D.C. area and attended Robert E. Lee High School in Springfield, Virginia. After graduating from James Madison University with a double major in Theater and English, she moved to Atlanta, Georgia. There, she helped build Whole World Improv Theatre as a performer, and later as a teacher. Moving to Los Angeles, she continued to hone her improvisational and sketch comedy skills at The Groundlings.
In 2012, Baker appeared as Mitzi Huggins, wife of Zach Galifianakis' congressional candidate, along with Will Ferrell, in the comedy The Campaign. The Jay Roach-directed film is the highest grossing politically themed movie of all time. In 2014, she played Becky in Tammy, starring Melissa McCarthy, and directed by Ben Falcone. Baker has also appeared as Pamela Lowi in The Good Lie, about the Lost Boys of Sudan, which was directed by Philippe Falardeau (director of the Oscar-nominated Monsieur Lazhar). In 2015, she appeared in Barry Levinson's Rock the Kasbah, alongside Bill Murray.
In 2016, she was in a number of films, including Christopher Guest's Mascots where she played Mindy Murray, aka Tammy the Turtle. Other movies released in 2016 include The Meddler, starring Susan Sarandon and directed by Lorene Scafaria, where Baker played Elaine. Baker also appeared opposite Shirley MacLaine in The Last Word and in the film adaptation of the acclaimed Speech & Debate, playing Ms. Riggi. In 2018, she appeared as Gildred in Melissa McCarthy's Life of the Party, and co-starred in Paul Feig's A Simple Favor.
On television, Baker was seen as series regular Sonia on the NBC comedy Go On, starring Matthew Perry, as a support group member dealing with the loss of her cat. In 2017, she played the recurring role of Thea Cunningham on HBO's limited series Big Little Lies, based on the popular book of the same name.
She also appeared as Vanessa on the FX show Louie; this performance was nominated for the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Guest Performer in a Comedy Series. Entertainment Weekly included the performance in its "50 Best TV Scenes" of 2014, and later nominated the performance for one of their annual "EWwy Awards." The performance was included on numerous year-end "best of" lists for 2014, including NPR's "50 Wonderful Things from 2014". This role later led to Baker's performance as Trinity on Pamela Adlon's Better Things in 2016, in an episode written by Adlon and Louis CK.
Other TV appearances have included guest and recurring roles on shows such as A to Z, Bob's Burgers, Bones, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, The Crazy Ones, Ghosted, Graves, Great News, In the Motherhood, Kath & Kim, Key & Peele, Mike & Molly, Modern Family, New Girl, The Office (U.S. version), Santa Clarita Diet, Sean Saves the World, and more. In 2018, Baker appeared in the acclaimed "Kill All Others" episode of Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams, alongside Mel Rodriguez. Baker appears in the DVD/Blu-ray bonus scenes of the hit comedy Bridesmaids, as a nurse arguing with an injured Paul Rudd. Online, she was seen as Arabella, faithful servant to Megan Mullally in the Funny or Die video Home for Actresses.
|2002||Sweet Home Alabama||Dix|
|2011||Bridesmaids||Skating Rink Nurse||Deleted scene|
|Home for Actresses||Arabella||Funny or Die short|
|2012||The Campaign||Mitzi Huggins|
|2014||The Good Lie||Pamela|
|2015||Rock the Kasbah||Maureen|
|2017||The Last Word||Zoe|
|Speech & Debate||Ms. Riggi|
|2018||Life of the Party||Gildred|
|2018||A Simple Favor||Maryanne Chelkowsky|
|2005||The Lance Krall Show||Various||Main cast|
|2008||Kath & Kim||Marjorie||Episode: "Sacrifice"|
|2008–2009||Free Radio||Emo Sarah||Main cast|
|2009||In the Motherhood||Doris||2 episodes|
|2010||The Office||Josie||Episode: "The Delivery"|
|2010||Good Luck Charlie||Carla||Episode: "Charlie Is 1"|
|2011||In Gayle We Trust||Smith||10 webisodes|
|2011||Bones||Kim||Episode: "The Truth in the Myth"|
|2012–2018||Modern Family||Twins' Mom / Shirl Chambers||3 episodes|
|2012–2013||Go On||Sonia||Recurring episodes 1–13; main cast episode 14 onwards|
|2013||Sean Saves the World||Tippy||Episode: "Best Friends for Never"|
|2014||The Crazy Ones||Jean||Episode: "Love Sucks"|
|2014||Louie||Vanessa||Episode: "So Did the Fat Lady"|
|2014||Last Week Tonight with John Oliver||Allison||Episode: "State Legislatures and ALEC"|
|2014–2017||Bob's Burgers||Rena, Ms. Selbo, Bethany, and Jacob (voice)||5 episodes|
|2015||A to Z||Jennifer||Episode: "J Is for Jan Vaughan"|
|2015||Mike & Molly||Stacey||Episode: "The Last Temptation of Mike"|
|2015||Other Space||Alien||3 episodes|
|2015||Key & Peele||Barista||Episode: "MC Mom"|
|2015||Married||Mindy||Episode: "Mother's Day"|
|2015||Fresh Off the Boat||Gator Carol||Episode: "Family Business Trip"|
|2015||Your Pretty Face Is Going to Hell||Wendy||Episode: "Heaven"|
|2015||Mike Tyson Mysteries||Molly Gibson (voice)||Episode: "A Plaintive Wail"|
|2015–2016||TripTank||Various voices||3 episodes|
|2016||Workaholics||Sara||Episode: "Death of a Salesdude"|
|2016||Grace and Frankie||Gretchen||Episode: "The Anchor"|
|2016||Goliath||Lily Suzanne Daniels||2 episodes|
|2016||Better Things||Trinity||Episode: "Duke's Chorus"|
|2016||Comedy Bang! Bang!||Al's Mom||Episode: "Allison Janney Wears a Chambray Western Shirt and Suede Fringe Boots"|
|2017||Sofia the First||Woman in the Portrait (voice)||Episode: "Hexley Hall"|
|2017||Big Little Lies||Thea Cunningham||6 episodes|
|2017||Foursome||Principal Slacks||Episode: "The Big Finish"|
|2017||Dr. Ken||Kylie||Episode: "Ken's Professor"|
|2017||Great News||Joyce Vickley||3 episodes|
|2017–2018||Brooklyn Nine-Nine||Kylie||2 episodes|
|2017||Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams||Maggie Noyce||Episode: "Kill All Others"|
|2017||Graves||Becky Keegan||2 episodes|
|2017–2018||Young Sheldon||Ms. Hutchins||Recurring; 3 episodes|
|2018||Santa Clarita Diet||Ruby Sanders||2 episodes|
|2018||New Girl||Judith||Episode: "Mario"|
|2018||The Kominsky Method||Mindy Kominsky||Regular|
Awards and nominations
|2014||4th Critics' Choice Television Awards||Best Guest Performer in a Comedy Series||Nominated|
|11th Gold Derby Awards||Best Comedy Guest Actress||Nominated|
- "VH1 Free Radio Cast Bios". VH1. Archived from the original on November 3, 2012. Retrieved December 23, 2012.
- "Set Visit: The Campaign". MovieWeb. Retrieved July 25, 2012.
- Pomerantz, Dorothy. "Election Special: 'The Campaign' Is The Top Campaign Movie". Forbes. Retrieved May 11, 2012.
- Yamato, Jen. "Corey Stoll, Sarah Baker, Sudanese Lost Boys Cast In 'The Good Lie'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 3, 2013.
- Andreeva, Nellie. "Sarah Baker upped to Regular on NBC's Comedy Series'Go On'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved November 13, 2012.
- Petski, Denise. (January 5, 2016) Alexander Skarsgard, James Tupper & More Join ‘Big Little Lies’. Deadline. Retrieved on 2016-09-09.
- Ryan, Maureen. "'Louie' Review: FX Series As Weird And Wonderful As Ever".
- Johnson, Jessica. "Louie, Season Four Review".
- Lowry, Brian. "TV Review: Louie".
- Cabin, Chris. "Louie: Season Four".
- "Broadcast TV Journalists Association Unveils Critics' Choice Television Awards Nominees". Deadline. Retrieved May 28, 2014.
- EW Staff. "The 50 Best TV Scenes of The Past Year". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved May 16, 2015.
- "2014 EWwy Awards: Comedy Nominees Are..." Entertainment Weekly.
- Holmes, Linda. "50 Wonderful Things from 2014". NPR. Retrieved December 24, 2014.
- Liebman, Lisa. ""Sarah Baker on Reuniting with Pamela Adlon"". Vulture. Retrieved 5 November 2016.
- Ryan, Maureen (11 January 2018). "TV Review: 'Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams' on Amazon". Retrieved 6 October 2018.
- "Home for Actresses". Funny or Die. Retrieved December 8, 2012.
- Petski, Denise (2018-01-19). "'The Kominsky Method': Sarah Baker Joins Netflix Comedy As Series Regular, Seven More Cast". Deadline. Retrieved 2018-03-12.