Jenny Slate is an actress, stand-up comedian and author probably best known for her short-lived appearance on “Saturday Night Live,” though she also appeared in the film “Obvious Child,” among other projects. She created “Marcel the Shell With Shoes On” short films, which later became a children’s book. Most recently, she stars on the FX series “Married.”
Jenny Slate was born and raised in Milton, Massachusetts and attended Milton Academy, where she graduated valedictorian. She then attended Columbia University, where she studied literature. She also helped form the improv troupe Fruit Paunch. She graduated in 2004.
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About comedy, Jenny Slate said, “I think everybody has their own recipe and motivation for being funny. I’ve always wanted to be a comedian, but mine stems from wanting to say something that I truly feel and hoping that people will love me for it – putting it in a light that makes people smile and makes their energy go up. I like comedy because I think it makes people happy, rather than because it makes you seem funnier than other people.”
She honed her comedy chops in a variety of projects, including spots on “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon,” “Bored to Death” and VH1 commentaries. She joined “Saturday Night Live” for one season in 2009-2010. She famously dropped an F-bomb while on air.
Of her experience, Jenny Slate said, “Thirty Rock’s a romantic place, and there are so many romantic things about it. The costumes have been there forever. You look in a pair of pants, and in Sharpie it says GILDA in them." She added, “But it was a really weird disappointment when I got there and realized how foolish it was that what I expected it would be was from the expectations of a 7-year-old. And that they didn’t actually want my creative input as a woman.”
Afterwards, she admitted, “It took me a few years to get back to myself; I developed stage fright, so I went to a hypnotist.” Seems as though her career has recovered nicely since then.
Jenny Slate now resides in Los Angeles, California.