Jenny Slate

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Jenny Slate
Jenny Slate Obvious Child Premiere 2014 (cropped).jpg
Slate at the Obvious Child premiere on June 5, 2014
Born(1982-03-25) March 25, 1982 (age 32)
Milton, Massachusetts, U.S.
Years active2005–present
Spouse(s)Dean Fleischer-Camp (m. 2012)
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Jenny Slate
Jenny Slate Obvious Child Premiere 2014 (cropped).jpg
Slate at the Obvious Child premiere on June 5, 2014
Born(1982-03-25) March 25, 1982 (age 32)
Milton, Massachusetts, U.S.
Years active2005–present
Spouse(s)Dean Fleischer-Camp (m. 2012)

Jenny Slate (born March 25, 1982) is an American actress, stand-up comedian, and author best known as the creator of the Marcel the Shell With Shoes On short films, which was also spun-off into a children's book. She is also known for her season as a cast member on Saturday Night Live from 2009–2010, as well as for her recurring roles on House of Lies, Parks and Recreation, Bob's Burgers, and Kroll Show. She most recently starred in the 2014 Sundance film Obvious Child, and currently co-stars in the FX comedy series Married.

Early life[edit]

Slate was born in Milton, Massachusetts, the daughter of Nancy (Gilson), a ceramicist,[1] and Ron Slate, a Massachusetts-based poet and author.[2][3] She is the middle child of two sisters, Abigail and Stacey.[4] After graduating from Milton Academy as the valedictorian,[2] she attended Columbia University as a literature major,[1] where she helped form the improv group Fruit Paunch,[5] starred in the Varsity Show,[6] and met comedy partner Gabe Liedman.[7] Slate graduated from Columbia University in 2004.[4][8] Slate was raised Jewish.[1]


Slate performing with Gabe Liedman in 2007.

Alongside comedian Gabe Liedman, Slate is half of the comedy duo Gabe & Jenny.[9] Their live stand-up shows with Max Silvestri, Big Terrific, was named best new variety show of 2008 by Time Out New York.[10] She first met Liedman in 2000 while attending Columbia University.[11] They describe their relationship as a "nonsexual romance," and Slate says, "I like to think of us as kind of like Elaine Benes and George Costanza, but we like each other."[2] Throughout 2008 and 2009, Slate regularly performed her one-woman show, Jenny Slate: Dead Millionaire, at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater (UCBT) in New York City.[12]

Prior to joining SNL, Slate was best known as a regular commentator on many VH1 “talking head” commentary programs.[2] In early 2009, she had made several appearances on the Late Night with Jimmy Fallon recurring sketch 7th Floor West where she acted out the role of an NBC page, also named Jenny, who was later promoted to Fallon's assistant;[13] she also had a recurring role on HBO's Bored to Death,[8][14] and starred in the 2009 short film Obvious Child,[15] which dealt with abortion. Slate has made guest appearances on television programs such as Bob's Burgers, Girls, The Whitest Kids U' Know, Important Things with Demetri Martin, and Raising Hope. In August 2010, Slate co-wrote and voiced the stop-motion short film “Marcel the Shell With Shoes On,” directed by Dean Fleischer-Camp, about a shy, shoe-wearing sea shell, which garnered unexpected viral success. This led to a follow-up video, “Marcel the Shell with Shoes on, Two,” which was released on November 14, 2011.[16][17]

Slate also wrote a "Marcel"-themed children's book that was released on November 1, 2011.[18] Her first major film role was as the quirky Zoe in the third Alvin and the Chipmunks film, Chipwrecked; more films followed in 2012, including the voice of Ted's mother in The Lorax. Slate currently appears as Liz B. in the recurring "PubLIZity" sketches on Comedy Central's Kroll Show.

In September 2012, it was announced that Slate had been hired to write the script for a reboot of the Looney Tunes franchise for Warner Bros. The film was described as being a "live action/CGI hybrid."[19] Her first appearance on NBC's Parks and Recreation was in the 2013 episode “Bailout,” in which she played Jean-Ralphio Saperstein's sister, Mona-Lisa Saperstein. Tom Haverford hires her as a sales associate for his shop, Rent-A-Swag, and ultimately starts a relationship with her which ends disastrously. On July 23, 2013, she appeared on Comedy Central's Drunk History retelling the history of Coca-Cola.

Slate currently co-stars with Judy Greer and Nat Faxon in the FX comedy series Married, which began airing on July 17, 2014.[20]

Saturday Night Live[edit]

Slate joined the cast of Saturday Night Live for one season in 2009–2010.[5][13] In her first episode, she accidentally said "fucking" during her debut sketch "Biker Chick Chat," which was heard on the live broadcast, but removed from subsequent reruns.[21][22]

On SNL, she impersonated celebrities such as Olympia Snowe, Lady Gaga, Ashley Olsen (alongside Nasim Pedrad as Mary-Kate Olsen), Hoda Kotb, and Kristen Stewart. Her best known recurring character was Tina-Tina Chaneuse, an infomercial pitchwoman of unspecified Latino heritage who advertises personalized doorbells, car horns and alarm clocks.[23] Her contract was not renewed for another season and she left the show.[24]

Personal life[edit]

In September 2012, Slate married filmmaker Dean Fleischer-Camp,[25] who had directed many of Slate's short films, including Marcel the Shell with Shoes On. Slate previously lived in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn[26] for many years, before moving to Los Angeles in February 2012.


2010Marcel the Shell with Shoes OnBunker McLaughlinShort film, Also writer
2011Alvin and the Chipmunks: ChipwreckedZoe
2012This Means WarEmily
2012The LoraxTed's MomVoice
2014Obvious ChildDonna Stern
2014The Longest WeekJocelynPost-production
2005StarvedMember of Belt TightenersEpisode: "The Breatharians", Uncredited
2008The Whitest Kids U' KnowTrevor's DateEpisode #2.1
2009Important Things with Demetri MartinBrideEpisode: "Chairs"
2009Late Night with Jimmy FallonJenny the Page8 episodes
2009BrothersAnnette2 episodes
2009–2010Saturday Night LiveVarious22 episodes
2009–2010Bored to DeathStella5 episodes
2011Ugly AmericansJaclynVoice, Episode: "Lily and the Beast"
2011NTSF:SD:SUV::Eddie2 episodes
2012GirlsTally SchifrinEpisode: "Leave Me Alone"
2012Raising HopeJoanEpisode: "Throw Maw Maw from the House"
2012–2014Bob's BurgersTammy Larsen6 episodes
2013Hello LadiesAmelia Gordon4 episodes
2013Super Fun NightHelen-AliceUnaired CBS Multi-Camera Pilot
2013–2014Kroll ShowLiz/Denise/Various7 episodes
2013–2014House of LiesSarah9 episodes
2013–2014Parks and RecreationMona-Lisa Saperstein7 episodes
2014MarriedJessSeries regular


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