Jenny Sarah Slate (born March 25, 1982) is an American actress, comedian and author. Born and raised in Milton, Massachusetts, Slate was educated at Milton Academy and studied literature at Columbia University, where she became involved in the improv and comedy scene. Following early acting and stand-up roles on television, Slate gained recognition for her live variety shows in New York City and for co-creating, writing, and producing the children's short film and book series Marcel the Shell with Shoes On (2010–present), and became known to a mainstream audience after featuring as a cast member on the 35th season of Saturday Night Live (2009–2010). Her distinctive voice landed her the role of Tammy Larsen on the critically acclaimed animated sitcom Bob's Burgers (2012–present) and she gained further recognition for her recurring roles as Mona-Lisa Saperstein on the NBC comedy televisions series Parks and Recreation (2013–2015), Sarah Guggenheim on the Showtime comedy series House of Lies (2013–2015), and the sketch comedy series Kroll Show (2013–2015).
Slate at the 2014 Obvious Child premiere
Jenny Sarah Slate
March 25, 1982
Milton, Massachusetts, U.S.
|Alma mater||Columbia University|
(m. 2012; div. 2016)
Slate's breakout role came with her leading performance in the coming-of-age comedy-drama film Obvious Child (2014), for which she won the Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Actress in a Comedy and was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award and Gotham Independent Film Award. She lent voice performances to the animated films Zootopia (2016), The Secret Life of Pets (2016), and The Lego Batman Movie (2017), and ventured into dramatic roles with her supporting performance as Bonnie in Gifted (2017).
Slate was born on March 25, 1982, in Milton, Massachusetts, to Ron Slate (born 1950), a businessman and poet who worked as vice president of global communications for the EMC Corporation and later as CEO of a biotech startup, and Nancy (née Gilson), a ceramicist. She is the middle child of three, with an older sister named Abigail and younger sister named Stacey. She and her family are Jewish. One of her grandmothers was born in Cuba, to a family from Russia and Turkey, and was raised in France. After graduating from Milton Academy as the valedictorian, Slate attended Columbia University as a literature major, where she helped form the improv group Fruit Paunch, starred in the Varsity Show and met Gabe Liedman, who would become her comedy partner. Slate graduated from Columbia in 2004.
Alongside Gabe Liedman, Slate was half of the comedy duo Gabe & Jenny. Their live stand-up shows with Max Silvestri titled Big Terrific were named best new variety show of 2008 by Time Out New York. In 2015, Slate, Liedman, and Silvestri announced that the show would be ending due to their busy schedules, though they continue to perform together when possible.
Slate first met Liedman in 2000 while attending Columbia University. 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." 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.
Slate was a regular commentator on many VH1 "talking head" commentary programs. 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. She also had a recurring role in Bored to Death. 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. 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. 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. Slate's contract was not renewed for another season. Despite rumors to the contrary, Slate has insisted that her SNL termination was not due to cursing but rather simply because "I didn't click."
In August 2010, she co-wrote and voiced the animated film Marcel the Shell with Shoes On, which garnered viral success. This led to Marcel the Shell with Shoes on, Two. Slate also wrote a "Marcel"-themed children's book that was released on November 1, 2011. 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 1980s and early 1990s soap opera aesthetics. 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. Slate went on to win the Critics Choice Award for Best Actress in a Comedy, 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. 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 titled About the House about their time living in Slate's childhood home in Milton, Massachusetts, which was published in December 2016.
In 2017, Slate starred in the film Gifted as Bonnie Stevenson, the teacher of a 7-year-old mathematical genius.
In October 2019, Slate released a stand-up comedy special on Netflix, titled Stage Fright.
In September 2012, Slate married filmmaker Dean Fleischer-Camp, with whom she collaborated on the Marcel the Shell with Shoes On books and short films. The pair announced their separation in May 2016.
In September 2019, Slate announced her engagement to art curator Ben Shattuck.
|2010||Marcel the Shell with Shoes On||Marcel (voice)||Short film; also writer|
|2011||Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked||Zoe|
|2012||This Means War||Emily|
|2012||The Lorax||Mrs. Wiggins (voice)|
|2013||Bitch||Molly Horner||Short film|
|2014||Obvious Child||Donna Stern|
|2014||The Longest Week||Jocelyn|
|2015||Digging for Fire||Yoga Couple|
|2016||Zootopia||Dawn Bellwether (voice)|
|2016||My Blind Brother||Rose|
|2016||The Secret Life of Pets||Gidget (voice)|
|2016||Brain on Fire||Margo|
|2017||The Polka King||Marla Lewan|
|2017||The Lego Batman Movie||Harley Quinn (voice)|
|2017||Despicable Me 3||Valerie Da Vinci (voice)|
|2018||Venom||Dr. Dora Skirth|
|2019||The Sunlit Night||Frances||Also producer|
|2019||The Secret Life of Pets 2||Gidget (voice)|
|2019||Super Gidget||Gidget (voice)||Short film|
|2020||The Ark and the Aardvark||Mitzi (voice)||In production|
|2020||On the Rocks||Vanessa||Post-production|
|2005||Starved||Member of Belt Tighteners||Uncredited; Episode: "The Breatharians"|
|2008||The Whitest Kids U' Know||Trevor's Date||1 episode|
|2009||Important Things with Demetri Martin||Bride||Episode: "Chairs"|
|2009||Late Night with Jimmy Fallon||Jenny the Page||8 episodes|
|2009–10||Saturday Night Live||Various||22 episodes|
|2009–10||Bored to Death||Stella||5 episodes|
|2011||Ugly Americans||Jaclyn (voice)||Episode: "Lily and the Beast"|
|2011||The Electric Company||Runner||Episode: "Off Target"|
|2012||Raising Hope||Joan||Episode: "Throw Maw Maw from the House"|
|2012, 2016||Girls||Tally Schifrin||2 episodes|
|2012–present||Bob's Burgers||Tammy Larsen (voice)||36 episodes|
|2013||Hello Ladies||Amelia Gordon||4 episodes|
|2013||Super Fun Night||Helen-Alice||Unaired CBS pilot|
|2013–15||Kroll Show||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"|
|2015–19||Star vs. the Forces of Evil||Pony Head (voice)||20 episodes|
|2016–18||Adventure Time||Huntress Wizard (voice)||5 episodes|
|2016||Animals.||Snake (voice)||Episode: "Squirrels. Part I."|
|2016–17||Lady Dynamite||Karen Grisham||4 episodes|
|2017||Comrade Detective||Jane (voice)||6 episodes|
|2017–present||Big Mouth||Missy Foreman-Greenwald (voice)||31 episodes|
|2018–present||Muppet Babies||Miss Nanny (voice)||Main role|
|2019||The Simpsons||Piper Paisley (voice)||Episode: "Crystal Blue-Haired Persuasion"|
|2019||The Unauthorized Bash Brothers Experience||Stacy||Television special|
|2019||Jenny Slate: Stage Fright||Herself||Stand-up special|
|2020||The Loud House||TBA (voice)||Episode: TBA|
|2009||Threw It On the Ground||The Lonely Island||Girlfriend|
|2019||Oakland Nights (feat. Sia)||The Lonely Island||Stacy|
Awards and nominationsEdit
|2014||Obvious Child||Newport Beach Film Festival Award for Breakout Actress||Won|
|2014||Obvious Child||Santa Barbara International Film Festival Award for Virtuoso Award||Won|
|2014||Obvious Child||Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Actress in a Comedy||Won|
|2014||Obvious Child||Women Film Critics Circle Award for Best Comedic Actress||Won|
|2014||Obvious Child||Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead||Nominated|
|2014||Obvious Child||Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Most Promising Performer||Nominated|
|2014||Obvious Child||Gotham Independent Film Award for Breakthrough Actor||Nominated|
|2014||Obvious Child||Seattle International Film Festival Award for Best Actress||Nominated|
|2014||Obvious Child||Women Film Critics Circle Award for Best Screen Couple (with Jake Lacy)||Nominated|
|2016||Zootopia||BTVA People's Choice Voice Acting Award - Best Female Vocal Performance in a Feature Film in a Supporting Role||Won|
|2016||Zootopia||BTVA Feature Film Voice Acting Award - Best Vocal Ensemble in a Feature Film (shared with cast)||Nominated|
|2016||The Secret Life of Pets||BTVA Feature Film Voice Acting Award - Best Female Lead Vocal Performance in a Feature Film||Nominated|
|2017||Star vs. the Forces of Evil||BTVA Television Voice Acting Award - Best Female Vocal Performance in a Television Series in a Supporting Role||Nominated|
|2018||Despicable Me 3 and The Lego Batman Movie||BTVA Feature Film Voice Acting Award - Best Vocal Ensemble in a Feature Film (shared with cast)||Nominated|
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- Slate, Jenny; Slate, Ron (2016). About the House. Concord Free Press. ISBN 9780990805922.
- Slate, Jenny (2019). Little Weirds. Little, Brown and Company (published November 5, 2019). ISBN 978-0-316-48534-0.
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Some of the names here will be familiar only to die-hard fans; others, like Murphy, defined what was funny for generations of viewers.
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Slate decamped for Los Angeles a couple of years ago with her now-husband, director Dean Fleischer-Camp.
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