March 25, 1982
Milton, Maine, USA
Dean Fleischer Camp
Forever destined to be known for dropping the F-bomb during her debut appearance on "Saturday Night Live" (NBC 1975-), stand-up, actress and author Jenny Slate was an instrumental figure on New York's comedy circuit beginning in the mid-2000s. Slate first made a name for herself as one half of duo Gabe & Jenny; following a critically-acclaimed one-woman show and a brief stint on "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" (NBC 2009-2014), she was asked to join the cast of "Saturday Night Live" in 2009. Making an instant impression, she then appeared as Jason Schwartzmann's love interest in "Bored To Death" (HBO, 2009-11) and co-wrote and voiced the award-winning stop-motion short film "Marcel The Shell With Shoes On" (2010) before leaving the series after one season. Slate continued to showcase her versatility, starring in "Alvin & The Chipmunks: Chipwrecked" (2011) and voicing Ted's Mom in "The Lorax" (2012) while also guesting on a string of hit TV shows including "Parks & Recreation" (NBC 2009-) and "House Of Lies" (Showtime 2012-).
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-), "Girls" (HBO, 2012-) and "Bob's Burgers" (Fox, 2011-), Slate returned to sketch comedy on comedian Nick Kroll's "Kroll Show" (Comedy Central 2013- ) and landed a string of recurring small-screen roles including Jean-Ralphio's abusive sister Mona-Lisa in "Parks & Recreation" (NBC 2009-), Doug's wife Sarah in "House Of Lies" (Showtime 2012-) and entitled actress Amelia Gordon in Stephen Merchant's "Hello Ladies" (HBO 2013-). Slate then starred opposite Olivia Wilde and Jason Bateman in the comedy drama "The Longest Week" (2013).