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Jenny Slate
Jenny Slate Obvious Child Premiere 2014 (cropped).jpg
Slate at the 2014 Obvious Child premiere at the ArcLight Hollywood theater
Born Jenny Sarah Slate
(1982-03-25) March 25, 1982 (age 36)
Milton, Massachusetts, U.S.
Residence Los Angeles, California
Education Milton Academy
Alma mater Columbia University
Occupation
  • Stand-up comedian
  • actress
  • author
Years active 2005–present
Spouse(s)
Dean Fleischer-Camp
(m. 2012; sep. 2016)
[1]

Jenny Sarah Slate[2] (born March 25, 1982) is an American stand-up comedian, actress and author, best known for her role as Mona Lisa Saperstein on Parks and Recreation as well as being the co-creator of the Marcel the Shell with Shoes On short films and children's book series. She was a cast member on Saturday Night Live for the 2009/10 season and appeared in shows such as House of Lies, Married, Bob's Burgers, Hello Ladies, Kroll Show, Bored to Death, and Girls, as well as movies like Zootopia, The Secret Life of Pets, and Despicable Me 3. Slate played the lead role in the 2014 film Obvious Child, and in 2016 she was in Brain on Fire.

Contents

  • 1 Early life
  • 2 Career
  • 3 Personal life
  • 4 Filmography
    • 4.1 Film
    • 4.2 Television
  • 5 References
  • 6 External links

Early life[edit]

Slate was born on March 25, 1982 in Milton, Massachusetts,[3][2] to Ron Slate (born 1950),[4] a businessman and poet who worked as vice president of global communications for the EMC Corporation and later as CEO of a biotech startup,[5][6][7] and Nancy (née Gilson), a ceramicist.[8] She is the middle child of three, with an older sister named Abigail and younger sister named Stacey.[9][10] She was raised in a Jewish family.[8][11][12] One of her grandmothers was born in Cuba, to a family from Russia and Turkey, and was raised in France.[13] After graduating from Milton Academy as the valedictorian,[6] Slate attended Columbia University as a literature major,[8] where she helped form the improv group Fruit Paunch,[14] starred in the Varsity Show[15] and met Gabe Liedman, who would become her comedy partner.[16] Slate graduated from Columbia in 2004.[9][17]

Career[edit]

Alongside Gabe Liedman, Slate was half of the comedy duo Gabe & Jenny.[18] Their live stand-up shows with Max Silvestri titled Big Terrific were named best new variety show of 2008 by Time Out New York.[19] In 2015, Slate, Liedman, and Silvestri announced that the show would be ending due to their busy schedules,[20] though they continue to perform together when possible.

Slate first met Liedman in 2000 while attending Columbia University.[21] 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."[6] Throughout 2008 and 2009, Slate regularly performed her one-woman show titled Jenny Slate: Dead Millionaire at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre (UCBT) in New York City.[22]

Slate with comedy partner Gabe Liedman in 2007

Slate was a regular commentator on many VH1 "talking head" commentary programs.[6] In early 2009, she had made several appearances on the Late Night with Jimmy Fallon recurring sketch "7th Floor West", where she played an NBC page also named Jenny, who was later promoted to Fallon's assistant.[23] She also had a recurring role in Bored to Death.[17][24] 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.

Slate joined the cast of Saturday Night Live for one season from 2009 to 2010.[14][23] 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 reruns.[25][26][27] During her brief time on the series, she impersonated celebrities such as Hoda Kotb, Lady Gaga, Kristen Stewart, Ashley Olsen, and Olympia Snowe and became known for Tina-Tina Cheneuse, an infomercial pitchwoman who advertises personalized doorbells, car horns, and alarm clocks.[28] Slate's contract was not renewed for another season.[29]

In August 2010, she co-wrote and voiced Marcel the Shell with Shoes On, which garnered viral success. This led to Marcel the Shell with Shoes on, Two.[30][31] Slate also wrote a "Marcel"-themed children's book that was released on November 1, 2011.[32] Her first major film role was as Zoe in Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked; more films followed in 2012, including the voice of Ted's mother in The Lorax.

Her first appearance in Parks and Recreation was in the 2013 episode "Bailout", in which she portrayed Mona-Lisa Saperstein. Following her success on the NBC show, Slate released and starred in a 12 episode mini-series on YouTube called Catherine, celebrating late 1980' and early 1990s soap opera aesthetics.[33] On July 23, 2013, she appeared in Drunk History retelling the history of how Coca-Cola was made.

In 2014, Slate starred in the comedy-drama film Obvious Child, which follows the life of a young stand up comic as she grapples with an unplanned pregnancy and eventual abortion.[34] Slate went on to win the Critics Choice Award for Best Actress in a Comedy,[35] Best Breakout Performance at the Newport Beach Film Festival, the Virtuosos Award at the Santa Barbara Film Festival, and Best Comedic Actress at the Women Film Circle Awards for her performance in the film.

Slate co-starred with Judy Greer and Nat Faxon in the first season of the FX series Married.[36] She left the series as a series regular in season two, but still appeared in a few episodes. Sarah Burns took her place in the series.

Slate appeared as Liz B. in the recurring "PubLIZity" sketches in Kroll Show, as well as many other recurring and one-off characters, performing in some capacity in almost every episode until the series ended in 2015. In 2016, Slate voiced Dawn Bellwether in the Disney animated comedy-adventure film Zootopia and Gidget in the animated feature The Secret Life of Pets.

Slate and her father co-wrote a book about their time living in Slate's childhood home in Milton, Massachusetts, titled About the House, which was published in December 2016.[37]

In 2017, Slate starred in the film Gifted as Bonnie Stevenson, the teacher of a 7-year-old mathematical genius.

Personal life[edit]

She lived in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, before moving with her former husband to Los Angeles in the early 2010s.[38]

In September 2012, Slate married filmmaker Dean Fleischer-Camp,[39] with whom she collaborated on the Marcel the Shell with Shoes On books and short films. The pair announced their separation in May 2016.[1]

Slate dated actor Chris Evans for nine months until they broke up in early 2017.[40] They got back together in the fall of 2017, but Evans confirmed in March 2018 that they had separated once more.[41]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2010 Marcel the Shell with Shoes On Marcel Short film
Also writer
2011 Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked Zoe
2012 This Means War Emily
The Lorax Mrs. Wiggins (voice)
2013 Bitch Molly Horner Short film
2014 Obvious Child Donna Stern Newport Beach Film Festival Award for Breakout Actress
Santa Barbara International Film Festival Award for Virtuoso Award
Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Actress in a Comedy
Women Film Critics Circle Award for Best Comedic Actress
Nominated—Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead
Nominated—Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Most Promising Performer
Nominated—Gotham Award for Breakthrough Actor
Nominated—Seattle International Film Festival Award for Best Actress
Nominated—Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Breakthrough Performance on Camera
Nominated—Women Film Critics Circle Award for Best Screen Couple
The Longest Week Jocelyn
2015 Digging for Fire Yoga Couple
2016 Joshy Jodi
Zootopia Dawn Bellwether (voice)
My Blind Brother Rose
The Secret Life of Pets Gidget (voice)
Brain on Fire Margo
2017 Landline Dana Jacobs
The Polka King Marla Lewan
The Lego Batman Movie Harleen Quinzel / Harley Quinn (voice)
Gifted Bonnie
Aardvark Emily Milburton
Despicable Me 3 Valerie Da Vinci (voice)
2018 Hotel Artemis Morgan
Venom Dr. Dora Skirth
2019 The Ark and the Aardvark Mitzi (voice) In production
The Secret Life of Pets 2 Gidget (voice) In production
The Sunlit Night Frances Post-production; also producer

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2005 Starved Member of Belt Tighteners Uncredited
Episode: "The Breatharians"
2008 The Whitest Kids U' Know Trevor's Date Episode #2.1
2009 Important Things with Demetri Martin Bride Episode: "Chairs"
2009 Late Night with Jimmy Fallon Jenny the Page 8 episodes
2009 Brothers Annette 2 episodes
2009–10 Saturday Night Live Various 22 episodes
2009 Bored to Death Stella 5 episodes
2011 Ugly Americans Jaclyn (voice) Episode: "Lily and the Beast"
2011 The Electric Company (2009 TV series) Runner Episode: "Off Target"
2012 Raising Hope Joan Episode: "Throw Maw Maw from the House"
2012–16 Girls Tally Schifrin 2 episodes
2012–present Bob's Burgers Tammy Larsen (voice) 30 episodes
2013 Hello Ladies Amelia Gordon 4 episodes
2013 Super Fun Night Helen-Alice Unaired CBS pilot
2013–15 Kroll Show Liz / Denise / Various 7 episodes
2013–15 House of Lies Sarah Guggenheim 9 episodes
2013–15 Parks and Recreation Mona-Lisa Saperstein 8 episodes
2013–16 Drunk History Herself 3 episodes
2014 Brooklyn Nine-Nine Bianca Episode: "Undercover"
2014 The Getaway Herself Episode: "Jenny Slate In Barcelona"
2014–15 Married Jess 14 episodes
2015–present Star vs. the Forces of Evil Pony Head (voice) 18 episodes
2016–18 Adventure Time Huntress Wizard (voice) 4 episodes
2016 Animals. Snake (voice) Episode: "Squirrels. Part I."
2016–17 Lady Dynamite Karen Grisham (life coach) 4 episodes
2017 Comrade Detective Jane (voice) 6 episodes
2017–present Big Mouth Missy (voice) 10 episodes
2018–present Muppet Babies Miss Nanny (voice) Main role[42]