Sarah Baker

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Sarah Baker
Born
EducationJames Madison University
OccupationActress, comedian
Years active2002–present

Sarah Baker is an American actress and comedian, best known for roles in movies such as The Campaign and Mascots and TV shows like The Kominsky Method and Louie.

Life and career[edit]

Baker was born in the Washington, D.C. area and raised 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.[1]

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.[2] 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).[3] 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.[4] 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.[5]

She also appeared as Vanessa on the FX show Louie;[6][7][8][9] this performance was nominated for the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Guest Performer in a Comedy Series.[10] Entertainment Weekly included the performance in its "50 Best TV Scenes" of 2014,[11] and later nominated the performance for one of their annual "EWwy Awards."[12] The performance was included on numerous year-end "best of" lists for 2014, including NPR's "50 Wonderful Things from 2014".[13] 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.[14]

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, as well as her favorite guest appearance on a TV show, Comedy Bang! Bang![15] In 2018, Baker appeared in the acclaimed "Kill All Others" episode of Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams, alongside Mel Rodriguez.[16] 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.[17]

Baker is a regular in the Netflix series The Kominsky Method, alongside Michael Douglas and Alan Arkin as Mindy, Douglas' character's daughter.[18] After winning a Golden Globe for Best Comedy Series, the show was renewed for a second season in January 2019.[19] A third and final season of the show was announced in 2020, shortly before it was nominated for an Emmy for Best Comedy Series.[20]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
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
Tammy Becky
2015 Rock the Kasbah Maureen
2016 The Meddler Elaine
Brother Nature Shannon
Mascots Mindy Murray
2017 The Last Word Zoe
Speech & Debate Ms. Riggi
2018 Life of the Party Gildred
A Simple Favor Maryanne Chelkowsky
Smallfoot Soozie's Mom (voice)
2019 The Death of Dick Long Officer Dudley
2020 Superintelligence Emily
TBA Thunder Force B. Krut

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
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"
2014–2019 Bob's Burgers Rena, Ms. Selbo, Bethany, and Jacob (voice) 7 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 Idiotsitter Virginia 2 episodes
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 Ghosted Deb Episode: "Pilot"
2017 Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams Maggie Noyce Episode: "Kill All Others"
2017 Graves Becky Keegan 2 episodes
2017–2020 Young Sheldon Ms. Sheryl Hutchins Recurring; 10 episodes
2018 Santa Clarita Diet Ruby Sanders 2 episodes
2018 New Girl Judith Episode: "Mario"
2018 I Feel Bad Anna Mae Episode: "I Need My Mom"
2018–present The Kominsky Method Mindy Kominsky Regular
2019–2020 Harvey Girls Forever! Irona (voice) 8 episodes
2019 Life in Pieces Eve Episode: "Four Short Fairy Tales"
2020 The Conners Helen Episode: "Mud Turtles, A Good Steak and One Man in a Tub"
2020 Will & Grace Cathy Episode: "New Crib"

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2014 4th Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Guest Performer in a Comedy Series
Louie
Nominated
11th Gold Derby Awards Best Comedy Guest Actress Nominated
2018 25th Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series The Kominsky Method Nominated
2019 26th Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series The Kominsky Method Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Set Visit: The Campaign". MovieWeb. Archived from the original on August 15, 2012. Retrieved July 25, 2012.
  2. ^ Pomerantz, Dorothy. "Election Special: 'The Campaign' Is The Top Campaign Movie". Forbes. Archived from the original on November 8, 2012. Retrieved May 11, 2012.
  3. ^ Yamato, Jen. "Corey Stoll, Sarah Baker, Sudanese Lost Boys Cast In 'The Good Lie'". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on April 7, 2013. Retrieved April 3, 2013.
  4. ^ Andreeva, Nellie. "Sarah Baker upped to Regular on NBC's Comedy Series'Go On'". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on June 17, 2013. Retrieved November 13, 2012.
  5. ^ Petski, Denise. (January 5, 2016) Alexander Skarsgard, James Tupper & More Join ‘Big Little Lies’ Archived April 18, 2018, at the Wayback Machine. Deadline. Retrieved on 2016-09-09.
  6. ^ Ryan, Maureen. "'Louie' Review: FX Series As Weird And Wonderful As Ever". Archived from the original on May 14, 2014. Retrieved May 13, 2014.
  7. ^ Johnson, Jessica. "Louie, Season Four Review". Archived from the original on May 14, 2014. Retrieved May 13, 2014.
  8. ^ Lowry, Brian. "TV Review: Louie". Archived from the original on December 13, 2017. Retrieved December 9, 2017.
  9. ^ Cabin, Chris. "Louie: Season Four". Archived from the original on May 14, 2014. Retrieved May 13, 2014.
  10. ^ "Broadcast TV Journalists Association Unveils Critics' Choice Television Awards Nominees". Deadline. Archived from the original on May 29, 2014. Retrieved May 28, 2014.
  11. ^ EW Staff. "The 50 Best TV Scenes of The Past Year". Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on May 11, 2015. Retrieved May 16, 2015.
  12. ^ "2014 EWwy Awards: Comedy Nominees Are..." Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on August 13, 2014. Retrieved August 23, 2014.
  13. ^ Holmes, Linda. "50 Wonderful Things from 2014". NPR. Archived from the original on December 25, 2014. Retrieved December 24, 2014.
  14. ^ Liebman, Lisa. "Sarah Baker on Reuniting with Pamela Adlon". Vulture. Archived from the original on November 6, 2016. Retrieved November 5, 2016.
  15. ^ "The Pragmatic Jokers". Earwolf.com.
  16. ^ Ryan, Maureen (January 11, 2018). "TV Review: 'Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams' on Amazon". Archived from the original on July 14, 2018. Retrieved October 6, 2018.
  17. ^ "Home for Actresses". Funny or Die. Archived from the original on January 21, 2013. Retrieved December 8, 2012.
  18. ^ Petski, Denise (January 19, 2018). "'The Kominsky Method': Sarah Baker Joins Netflix Comedy As Series Regular, Seven More Cast". Deadline. Archived from the original on February 26, 2018. Retrieved March 12, 2018.
  19. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (January 17, 2019). "'The Kominsky Method' Renewed For Season 2 By Netflix". Deadline. Archived from the original on January 19, 2019. Retrieved September 6, 2019.
  20. ^ https://deadline.com/2020/07/the-kominsky-method-season-3-final-netflix-1202976162/

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