Jessica St. Clair

Jessica St. Clair (born September 21, 1976)[1] is an American actress and improvisational comedian from the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. With frequent collaborator Lennon Parham, she co-created and co-starred in NBC's Best Friends Forever and USA Network's Playing House.

Jessica St. Clair
Born (1976-09-21) September 21, 1976 (age 43)
OccupationActress, comedian, writer, producer
Years active2002–present
Spouse(s)
Dan O'Brien
(m. 2006)
Children1

Life and careerEdit

St. Clair was born in Princeton, New Jersey[2] and raised in Westfield, New Jersey, where she attended Westfield High School, graduating as part of the class of 1994.[3] She is a graduate of Middlebury College, where she was classmates with fellow Upright Citizens Brigade performer Jason Mantzoukas. She began her comedy career as a regular improviser and sketch performer at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York and Los Angeles, originally as a member of the improv team "Mother". Her first major television work was as a regular panelist on the VH1 series Best Week Ever, offering comedic insights on pop-culture and the news of the week.[4] She co-starred in the short-lived ABC sitcom In the Motherhood in 2009.

St. Clair has gained notice for her frequent guest appearances (often alongside performing partner Lennon Parham) on podcasts such as Comedy Bang! Bang!, where she plays the show's teenage intern Marissa Wompler. In 2015, St. Clair and Parham spun-off their characters in a new Earwolf podcast called WOMP It Up!, with St. Clair as host Marissa Wompler and Parham co-hosting as Marissa's teacher Miss Listler. Frequent guests on the podcast include Brian Huskey as Marissa's stepdad "Seth" and Jason Mantzoukas as Marissa's former flame Eric "Gutterballs" Gutterman. The podcast ran through the summer of 2015, returning after a hiatus on November 16, 2015.

St. Clair and frequent collaborator Lennon Parham created and starred in the NBC comedy series Best Friends Forever, which premiered on April 4, 2012 and aired for one season. St. Clair and Parham created and starred in their second comedy Playing House, which premiered on USA on April 29, 2014 and concluded its final, third season in July 2017.

St. Clair has had recurring roles on television programs such as Veep, Weeds, The McCarthys, Marry Me, American Housewife, Worst Week, and United States of Tara. She was also part of the recurring cast on the Comedy Central series Review, playing the role of Suzanne, the long-suffering wife of host Forrest MacNeil (played by Andy Daly). St. Clair's notable work in film includes supporting roles in Bridesmaids, She's Out of My League, Afternoon Delight, and Enough Said.

On October 23, 2019, it was announced that St. Clair was cast as Kelly King in the upcoming Netflix comedy series, Space Force.[5][6]

Personal lifeEdit

St. Clair is married to playwright and poet Dan O'Brien.[7] Their daughter Isobel Kelly O'Brien was born on October 1, 2013.[8]

In 2015, St. Clair said she and Lennon Parham had both learned Transcendental Meditation.[9] In 2017, St. Clair revealed that she had undergone treatment for breast cancer after being diagnosed in September 2015,[10] and this was incorporated into the third season of Playing House, when her character Emma was similarly diagnosed.

FilmographyEdit

Film
Year Title Role Notes
2004 Terrorists Jennifer Castle
2006 For Your Consideration Hula Balls Spokeswoman
2007 Trendsetters Julie Campbell Short film
2008 College Road Trip Ms. Prince
2009 Stay Cool Darcy Portola
2009 The Condom Killer Connor's Mother Short film
2009 The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard. Selleck Customer, Wife
2009 Taking Chances Reporter
2009 It's Complicated Wedding Specialist
2010 She's Out of My League Debbie
2010 The Big Dog Lena Short film
2010 The Red Roof Inn Chronicles Herself Short film; also writer
2010 Life As We Know It Beth
2011 Bridesmaids Whitney
2012 Wanderlust Deena Schuster
2012 The Dictator Denise
2013 Afternoon Delight Stephanie
2013 Enough Said Cynthia
2015 Addicted to Fresno Kristen
2017 The House Wall Street Guy - Reba
2018 Dog Days Ruth
2020 Like a Boss Kim
Television
Year Title Role Notes
2002 The Colin Quinn Show Various 3 episodes
2003–2004 The Smoking Gun TV Correspondent Series regular
2004 Things I Hate About You Juror Episode: "Patrick and Renee"
2005 Lies and the Wives We Tell Them To TV pilot
2007 The IT Crowd Jen unaired TV pilot
2007 Samantha Who? Valerie Episode: "The Wedding"
2007 UCB Comedy Originals Episode: "Action 5 News!"; also producer
2008–2009 Worst Week Sarah 6 episodes
2009 United States of Tara Tiffany St. Claire 2 episodes
2009 In the Motherhood Emily Series regular
2009 Labor Pains Pregnancy Class Instructor TV movie
2009 Hank Peggy Episode: "Yard Sale"
2010 The Life & Times of Tim Kelly / Friend (voice) 2 episodes
2010 Notes from the Underbelly Violet Episode: "Spinning Out of Control"
2010 Sons of Tucson Marcia Teel Episode: "Sally Teel"
2010 Weeds Rebekkah 3 episodes
2011 Parks and Recreation Denise Burkiss Episode: "Road Trip"
2011 Curb Your Enthusiasm Anna Episode: "The Divorce"
2011 Love Bites Chloe 3 episodes
2011 How to Be a Gentleman Pam Episode: "How to Attend Your Ex-Fiance's Wedding"
2012 Best Friends Forever Jessica Black Lead role (6 episodes); also co-creator, writer, executive producer
2013 The Office Casey Dean Episode: "A.A.R.M."
2013–2014 Veep Dana 4 episodes
2014–2017 Review Suzanne MacNeil 20 episodes
2014–2017 Playing House Emma Crawford Lead role (26 episodes); also co-creator, writer, director, executive producer
2014–2015 The McCarthys Katrina 6 episodes
2014–2015 Marry Me Julie 3 episodes
2015 Comedy Bang! Bang! Miss Polite Episode: "Mark Duplass Wears a Striped Sweater and Jeans"
2015 Key & Peele Amy Episode: "Killer Concept Album"
2015 Sofia the First Athena (voice) Episode: "The Secret Library"
2016–2017 Animals. Kaitlin / Egg (voice) 2 episodes
2017–2019 American Housewife Chloe Brown Mueller 12 episodes
2017 Portlandia Squirrel (voice) Episode: "Separation Anxiety"
2017 Teachers June Harris Episode: "Held Back"
2017 Angie Tribeca Mrs. Claire Farnsworth Episode: "Welcome Back, Blotter"
2017–2019 Bob's Burgers Nancy / Joanne (voice) 2 episodes
2017–2019 Bajillion Dollar Propertie$ Leatha Benet 3 episodes
2017 Tangled: The Series Pizzazo (voice) Episode: "Great Expotations"
2018 Grace and Frankie Lauren Episode: "The Death Stick"
2019 Ryan Hansen Solves Crimes on Television Captain Lade'e 6 episodes
2019 Arrested Development Anita Bramwell 2 episodes
2019 American Dad! Connie Robinson (voice) 2 episodes
2019 Man with a Plan Kelly Episodes: "Clean Country Living", "The Intervention(s)"
2019 Bless This Mess Stacey Episode: "The Grisham Gals"
2020 Avenue 5 Mia Recurring role
2020 Space Force Kelly King Recurring role

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Stage Moms and Dropped Bombs (w/ Ana Ortiz)". Earwolf.com. 2016-09-22. Retrieved 2016-01-03.
  2. ^ "The JV Club with Janet Varney : Jessica St. Clair". jvclub.libsyn.com.
  3. ^ Carpien, Sara (18 June 2014). "Westfield Native Jessica St. Clair Talks About Her Hit Show, Playing House, and Hometown Inspiration". TAPinto. Retrieved 19 June 2017. St. Clair, who graduated Westfield High School in 1994, has fond memories of growing up in Westfield and weaves them into the storyline in unique, and sometimes specific, ways.
  4. ^ "Latest Celebrity Gossip, Celebrity News, Entertainment News - VH1". VH1 News.
  5. ^ Reimann, Tom (October 23, 2019). "'Space Force' Cast Adds Noah Emmerich, Fred Willard, and Jessica St. Clair". Collider. Retrieved October 24, 2019.
  6. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (October 23, 2019). "'Space Force': Noah Emmerich, Fred Willard & Jessica St. Clair Join Cast Of Netflix Comedy Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 24, 2019.
  7. ^ "Weddings: Jessica St. Clair, Dan O'Brien". The New York Times. 16 July 2006. Retrieved 18 January 2018.
  8. ^ Ossad, Jordana (11 October 2013). "Jessica St. Clair Welcomes Daughter Isobel Kelly". E! News. Retrieved 18 January 2018.
  9. ^ Corridan, Kara (2015). "A Convo with Two Really Cool Moms". Parents. Archived from the original on 18 September 2015. Retrieved 18 September 2015. Lennon’s husband worked at a school where they taught transcendental meditation and took time out of the school day to meditate. … So Lennon and I learned meditation ... through the David Lynch Foundation, and we try and meditate at least once a day.
  10. ^ "Actress Jessica St. Clair Opens Up About Her Breast Cancer Diagnosis". Stand Up To Cancer. May 9, 2017. Retrieved May 14, 2017.

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