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Jenny Slate

Jenny Slate has refused to be pigeonholed in her comedy, from the controversial film Obvious Child to the quirky YouTube series Marcel the Shell. Slate helped found an improv group, Fruit Paunch, while still a student at Columbia University, and after graduating in 2004 she formed a comedy duo with fellow group member Gabe Liedman as Gabe & Jenny. In 2008 she began performing her one-woman show Jenny Slate: Dead Millionaire at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in New York. The following year she joined the cast of Saturday Night Live, but created an unintended stir by swearing in her first appearance and her contract was not renewed. In 2010 she co-created Marcel the Shell, a series of stop-motion YouTube videos and children’s books, with Dean Fleischer-Camp, whom she married in 2012.  She has had recurring roles on sitcoms like Parks and Recreation and Bob’s Burgers, and co-starred in the first season of Married, but is best known for starring in Obvious Child, an unapologetic dark comedy about a woman who has an abortion, which earned her a Critic’s Choice Award.


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Jenny Slate.

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Date of Birth

Milton, MA
United States

Comedian, Actress, Writer

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