Jenny SlateMar 25, 1982, Milton, Massachusetts, USA
Born in Milton, MA, in 1982, Slate graduated from Milton Academy as valedictorian before attending Columbia University where she studied for a degree in English and Comparative Literature and began to develop her comedy career, forming improv group Fruit Paunch and joining forces with Gabe Liedman under the guise of Gabe & Jenny. The duo then spent several years honing their craft with various stand-up gigs and web shorts before hooking up with Max Silvestri to co-host a weekly comedy night named Big Terrific which would later be described by Time Out New York as the best new variety show of 2008. An indie short film, "Obvious Child" (2009), and a one-woman show, "Jenny Slate: Dead Millionaire," at the UCB Theater soon followed and after making her first credited TV appearance on "The Whitest Kids U' Know" (IFC 2007-2011), she landed a plum role on the recurring reality TV parody "7th Floor West" sketch on "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" (NBC 2009-2014).Impressed by her offbeat charms, "Saturday Night Live" bosses then invited Slate to join the 35th season of the seminal late-night comedy show, where she mistakenly and famously uttered the F-word during her very first sketch. Slate quickly managed to recover from her faux-pas and soon became a fan favorite thanks to her uncanny impressions of Lady Gaga, Ashley Olsen and Kristen Stewart, as well as recurring character Tina-Tina Chaneuse, an infomercial pitchwoman who specialized in bizarre personalized goods. But Slate was forced to move onto pastures new after producers failed to renew her contract. Following a five-episode run as hippie stoner Stella in "Bored To Death" (HBO 2009-2011), Slate and her film-making future husband Dean Fleischer Camp created a viral sensation with "Marcel The Shell With Shoes On" (2010), a stop-motion animated short which also picked up the Grand Jury and Audience Awards at the New York International Children's Film Festival. Slate then made her big-screen debut as the evil island castaway Zoe in "Alvin & The Chipmunks: Chipwrecked" (2011) and followed it up by playing Reese Witherspoon's friend Emily in "This Means War" (2012) and voicing Ted's Mom in "The Lorax" (2012). After guest appearances on sitcoms like "Raising Hope" (Fox, 2010-13), "Girls" (HBO, 2012-17) and "Bob's Burgers" (Fox, 2011-), Slate returned to sketch comedy on comedian Nick Kroll's "Kroll Show" (Comedy Central 2013-15) and landed a string of recurring small-screen roles including Jean-Ralphio's abusive sister Mona-Lisa in "Parks & Recreation" (NBC 2009-2015), Doug's wife Sarah in "House Of Lies" (Showtime 2012-16) and entitled actress Amelia Gordon in Stephen Merchant's "Hello Ladies" (HBO 2013-15). Slate then starred opposite Olivia Wilde and Jason Bateman in the comedy drama "The Longest Week" (2013). A sensitive performance in Gillian Robespierre's abortion-themed romantic comedy "Obvious Child" (2014) made Slate an art house sensation, while voice roles in the commercial and critical successes "Zootopia" (2016), "The Secret Life of Pets" (2016) and "The Lego Batman Movie" (2017) increased her comic profile among younger audiences. After co-starring with longtime friends Nick Kroll and Adam Scott in the romantic comedy "My Blind Brother" (2016), Slate co-starred with Chloe Grace Moretz in indie drama "Brain On Fire" (2016) and starred opposite Jack Black in "The Polka King" (2017). Slate also co-starred in family drama "Gifted" (2017) opposite her then-boyfriend Chris Evans and reteamed with Robespierre as the star of the comedy "Landline" (2017).