- Performed in numerous local children's plays as a youth, once starring as a comedic troll in a rendering of The Hobbit.
- Studied improvisational comedy at iO Chicago theater.
- Performed improv with the Second City and Upright Citizens Brigade troupes.
- Worked as a nanny before her career took off.
- Starred opposite Joe Pesci and Don Rickles in a memorable Snickers commercial in 2012.