Comedian Jenny Slate graduated from Columbia University before making waves in New York as one half of the comedy team Gabe & Jenny. After making a memorable appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Slate went on to join the 2009 cast of Saturday Night Live, where she made a serious impression by accidentally using an expletive on live television. Slate was let go at the end of the season (seemingy because of her on-air slip), but she bounced back quickly with the short film Marcel the Shell with Shoes On, which she created with her then-husband. The film gained a following online and gave Slate some favorable press after her SNL incident. Since then, she has carved out an impressive TV career with both guest and recurring arcs on shows like Parks and Recreation and House of Lies and doing voice-over work on shows like Bob's Burgers. In 2014, Slate starred in Obvious Child, her first starring role, and recieved a Critics' Choice Award for her work.
Biography by Cammila Collar
- Served as her high school's class president and valedictorian.
- Co-hosted a free comedy show in Williamsburg for five years with Gabe Liedman and Max Silvestri.
- Was fired from Saturday Night Live after only one season after using an expletive on the air.
- Created a stop-motion short (with her then-husband) called Marcel the Shell with Shoes On in which she provides the voice for the title character.
- Won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2011 New York International Children's Film Festival for Marcel the Shell.