Jenny Slate

American actress, comedian, and author

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Jenny Slate
Jenny Slate Obvious Child Premiere 2014 (cropped).jpg
Slate at the 2014 Obvious Child premiere
Jenny Sarah Slate

(1982-03-25) March 25, 1982 (age 40)
EducationColumbia University (BA)
  • Actress
  • comedian
  • writer
Years active2005–present
(m. 2012; div. 2016)

(m. 2021)

Jenny Sarah Slate (born March 25, 1982) is an American actress, stand-up comedian, writer, producer, and singer. Born and raised in Milton, Massachusetts, Slate was educated at Milton Academy and studied literature at Columbia University, where she became involved in the improv and comedy scene.

Following early acting and stand-up roles on television, Slate gained recognition for her live variety shows in New York City and for co-creating, writing, and producing the children's short film and book series Marcel the Shell with Shoes On (2010–present). She became known to a mainstream audience after featuring as a cast member on the 35th season of the NBC sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live between 2009 and 2010. Her distinctive voice landed her the role of Tammy Larsen on the critically acclaimed animated sitcom Bob's Burgers (2012–present). She gained further recognition for her recurring roles as Mona-Lisa Saperstein on the NBC comedy television series Parks and Recreation (2013–2015) and Sarah Guggenheim on the Showtime comedy series House of Lies (2013–2015) and for the sketch comedy series Kroll Show (2013–2015). From 2017 to 2020, Slate provided the voice for Missy Foreman-Greenwald on the animated Netflix series Big Mouth. In 2020, Slate handed voiceover duties for Missy to actor Ayo Edebiri as she felt an African-American character should be voiced by an African-American actor. Despite no longer providing the voice for Missy, Slate has continued to voice a number of other various characters on the show.

Slate's breakout role came with her leading performance in the coming-of-age comedy-drama film Obvious Child (2014), for which she won the Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Actress in a Comedy and was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award and Gotham Independent Film Award. She lent voice performances to the animated films The Lorax (2012), Zootopia (2016), The Secret Life of Pets film franchise (2016-2019), The Lego Batman Movie, and Despicable Me 3 (both 2017), and she ventured into dramatic roles with her supporting performance as Bonnie in Gifted (2017). She also appeared in the critically acclaimed science-fiction film Everything Everywhere All At Once.

Early life and education

Slate was born on March 25, 1982, in Milton, Massachusetts,[2] to Ron Slate,[3] a businessman and poet who worked as vice president of global communications for the EMC Corporation and later as CEO of a biotech startup,[3][4][5] and Nancy (née Gilson), a housewife who also made pottery.[6] She is the middle child of three, with an older sister, Abigail, and younger sister, Stacey.[7][8] She and her family are Jewish.[6][9][10] One of her grandmothers was born in Cuba and was raised in France.[11] After graduating from Milton Academy as the valedictorian,[4] Slate attended Columbia University as a literature major,[6] where she helped form the improv group Fruit Paunch,[12] starred in the Varsity Show[13] and met Gabe Liedman, who would become her comedy partner.[14] Slate graduated from Columbia in 2004.[7][15][16]


She and Gabe Liedman formed the comedy duo Gabe & Jenny.[17] Their stand-up shows with Max Silvestri, "Big Terrific," were named best new variety show of 2008 by Time Out New York.[18] In 2015, Slate, Liedman, and Silvestri ended the show, citing their busy schedules,[19] though they have since occasionally performed together.

Slate first met Liedman in 2000 while attending Columbia University.[20] They describe their relationship as a "nonsexual romance"; Slate says, "I like to think of us as kind of like Elaine Benes and George Costanza, but we like each other."[4] Throughout 2008 and 2009, Slate regularly performed her one-woman show titled Jenny Slate: Dead Millionaire at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre (UCBT) in New York City.[21]

Slate with comedy partner Gabe Liedman in 2007

Slate was a regular commentator on many VH1 "talking head" commentary programs.[4] In early 2009, she had made several appearances on the Late Night with Jimmy Fallon recurring sketch "7th Floor West", where she played an NBC page also named Jenny, who was later promoted to Fallon's assistant.[22] She had a recurring role in Bored to Death.[15][23] Slate's guest appearances on television programs include Bob's Burgers, Girls, The Whitest Kids U' Know, Important Things with Demetri Martin and Raising Hope.

Slate joined the cast of Saturday Night Live for the 2009-10 season.[12][22] In her first episode, she accidentally said "fucking" during her debut sketch "Biker Chick Chat", which was heard on the live broadcast, but removed from reruns.[24][25][26][27] In various sketches, she impersonated Hoda Kotb, Lady Gaga, Kristen Stewart, Ashley Olsen, and Olympia Snowe. She was best known for Tina-Tina Cheneuse, an infomercial pitchwoman who advertises personalized doorbells, car horns, and alarm clocks.[28] Slate's contract was not renewed for another season.[29] Despite rumors to the contrary, Slate has insisted that her SNL termination was not due to cursing but rather simply because "I didn't click."[30]

In August 2010, she co-wrote and voiced the animated short film Marcel the Shell with Shoes On, which garnered viral success. This led to Marcel the Shell with Shoes on, Two.[31][32] Slate also wrote a "Marcel"-themed children's book that was released on November 1, 2011.[33] Her first major film role was as Zoe in Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked; more films followed in 2012, including the voice of Ted's mother in The Lorax.

Her first appearance in Parks and Recreation was in the 2013 episode "Bailout", in which she portrayed Mona-Lisa Saperstein. Following her success on the NBC show, Slate released and starred in a 12-episode mini-series on YouTube called Catherine, celebrating late 1980s and early 1990s soap-opera aesthetics.[34] On July 23, 2013, she appeared in Drunk History retelling the history of how Coca-Cola was made.

In 2014, Slate starred in the comedy-drama film Obvious Child, which follows the life of a young stand-up comic as she grapples with an unplanned pregnancy and eventual abortion.[35] Slate went on to win the Critics Choice Award for Best Actress in a Comedy,[36] Best Breakout Performance at the Newport Beach Film Festival, the Virtuosos Award at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, and Best Comedic Actress at the Women Film Critics Circle Awards for her performance in the film.

Slate co-starred with Judy Greer and Nat Faxon in the first season of the FX series Married.[37] She left the series as a series regular in season two, but still appeared in a few episodes. Sarah Burns took her place in the series.

Slate appeared as Liz B. in the recurring "PubLIZity" sketches in Kroll Show, as well as many other recurring and one-off characters, performing in some capacity in almost every episode until the series ended in 2015. In 2016, Slate voiced Dawn Bellwether in the Disney animated comedy-adventure film Zootopia and Gidget in the animated feature The Secret Life of Pets.

Slate and her father co-wrote a book titled About the House about their time living in Slate's childhood home in Milton, Massachusetts, which was published in December 2016.[38]

In 2017, Slate starred in the film Gifted as Bonnie Stevenson, the teacher of a 7-year-old mathematical genius.

In October 2019, Slate released a stand-up comedy special on Netflix, titled Stage Fright.

Slate published her book titled Little Weirds, about her struggles with and thoughts about life and relationships, in 2019.

From 2017 until 2019, Slate voiced the biracial character Missy Foreman-Greenwald on the animated Netflix series Big Mouth. Slate exited the role on June 24, 2020, writing on Instagram that "At the start of the show, I reasoned with myself that it was permissible for me to play Missy because her mom is Jewish and White — as am I. But Missy is also Black and Black characters on an animated show should be played by Black people."[39]

In 2022, she appeared in the critically-acclaimed science fiction film Everything Everywhere All at Once as Big Nose. Her character's original name was changed to Debbie the Dog Mom for the film's digital release due to its association with Jewish stereotypes.

Personal life

Slate lived in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, before moving with filmmaker Dean Fleischer Camp to Los Angeles in the early 2010s.[40] In September 2012, Slate married Fleischer-Camp.[41] They collaborated on the Marcel the Shell with Shoes On, on both the books and the short films. The pair announced their separation in May 2016. She dated actor Chris Evans for a brief period.[42]

In September 2019, Slate announced her engagement to art curator Ben Shattuck.[43] On December 10, 2020, Slate revealed on Late Night with Seth Meyers that she was expecting her first child with Shattuck.[44] On February 3, 2021, Slate appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and announced she gave birth to a daughter six weeks prior.[45] Shattuck and Slate married in their living room on New Year's Eve 2021, their fourth attempt at a wedding after the first three were canceled during the COVID-19 pandemic.[46]


Not yet released Denotes works that have not yet been released


Year Title Role Notes
2010 Marcel the Shell with Shoes On Marcel (voice) Short film; also writer
2011 Marcel the Shell with Shoes On, Two Marcel (voice) Short film; also writer
2011 Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked Zoe
2012 This Means War Emily
2012 The Lorax Mrs. Wiggins (voice)
2013 Bitch Molly Horner Short film
2014 Obvious Child Donna Stern
2014 The Longest Week Jocelyn
2014 Marcel the Shell with Shoes On, Three Marcel (voice) Short film; also writer
2015 Digging for Fire Yoga Couple
2016 Joshy Jodi
2016 Zootopia Dawn Bellwether (voice)
2016 My Blind Brother Rose
2016 The Secret Life of Pets Gidget (voice)
2016 Brain on Fire Margo
2017 Landline Dana Jacobs
2017 The Polka King Marla Lewan
2017 The Lego Batman Movie Harley Quinn (voice)
2017 Gifted Bonnie
2017 Aardvark Emily Milburton
2017 Batman is Just Not That Into You Harley Quinn (voice) Short film
2017 Despicable Me 3 Valerie Da Vinci (voice)
2018 Hotel Artemis Morgan
2018 Venom Dr. Dora Skirth
2019 The Sunlit Night Frances Also producer
2019 The Secret Life of Pets 2 Gidget (voice)
2019 Super Gidget Gidget (voice) Short film
2020 On the Rocks Vanessa
2021 Marcel the Shell with Shoes On Marcel (voice) Also writer and producer
2022 I Want You Back Emma
2022 Everything Everywhere All at Once Debbie the Dog Mom[a]
2022 The Bob's Burgers Movie Tammy Larsen (voice)
2023 The Ark and the Aardvark Not yet released Mitzi (voice) Post-production
2024 The Electric State Not yet released TBA Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2005 Starved Member of Belt Tighteners Uncredited; Episode: "The Breatharians"
2008 The Whitest Kids U' Know Trevor's Date Episode #2.1
2009 Important Things with Demetri Martin Bride Episode: "Chairs"
2009 Late Night with Jimmy Fallon Jenny the Page 8 episodes
2009 Brothers Annette 2 episodes
2009–2010 Saturday Night Live Various 22 episodes
2009–2010 Bored to Death Stella 5 episodes
2011 Ugly Americans Jaclyn (voice) Episode: "Lily and the Beast"
2011 The Electric Company Runner Episode: "Off Target"
2012 Raising Hope Joan Episode: "Throw Maw Maw from the House"
2012, 2016 Girls Tally Schifrin 2 episodes
2012–present Bob's Burgers Tammy Larsen (voice) 51 episodes
2013 Hello Ladies Amelia Gordon 4 episodes
2013 Super Fun Night Helen-Alice Unaired CBS pilot
2013–15 Kroll Show Various 7 episodes
2013–16 House of Lies Sarah Guggenheim 9 episodes
2013–17 Parks and Recreation Mona-Lisa Saperstein 8 episodes
2013–16 Drunk History Herself 3 episodes
2014 Brooklyn Nine-Nine Bianca Episode: "Undercover"
2014 The Getaway Herself Episode: "Jenny Slate In Barcelona"
2014–15 Married Jess 14 episodes
2015–19 Star vs. the Forces of Evil Pony Head (voice) 25 episodes
2016–18 Adventure Time Huntress Wizard (voice) 5 episodes
2016 David: Story of David Elizabeth Web series
2016 Animals Snake (voice) Episode: "Squirrels. Part I."
2016 Zoolander: Super Model Nani (voice) Television movie
2016–17 Lady Dynamite Karen Grisham 4 episodes
2017 Comrade Detective Jane (voice) 6 episodes
2017–present Big Mouth Missy Foreman-Greenwald (2017–2020), other characters (voice) 47 episodes
2018–2022 Muppet Babies Miss Nanny (voice) 69 episodes
2018 Clarence Pipi / Cookie Mama Cashier / Beatrice (voice) Episode: "Belson Gets a Girlfriend"
2019 The Simpsons Piper Paisley (voice) Episode: "Crystal Blue-Haired Persuasion"
2019 The Unauthorized Bash Brothers Experience Stacy Television special
2019 Jenny Slate: Stage Fright Herself Stand-up special
2020 Elena of Avalor Cahu (voice) Episode: "Coronation Day"
2021–present The Great North Judy Tobin (voice) Series regular
2021 Q-Force (voice) Episode: "Rogue"

Music videos

Year Title Artist(s) Role
2009 "Threw It On the Ground" The Lonely Island Girlfriend
2019 "Oakland Nights" The Lonely Island (feat. Sia) Stacy


Awards and nominations

Year Nominated work Award Result
2014 Obvious Child Newport Beach Film Festival Award for Breakout Actress Won
Santa Barbara International Film Festival Award for Virtuoso Award Won
Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Actress in a Comedy Won
Women Film Critics Circle Award for Best Comedic Actress Won
Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead Nominated
Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Most Promising Performer Nominated
Gotham Independent Film Award for Breakthrough Actor Nominated
Seattle International Film Festival Award for Best Actress Nominated
Women Film Critics Circle Award for Best Screen Couple (with Jake Lacy) Nominated
2016 Zootopia BTVA People's Choice Voice Acting Award - Best Female Vocal Performance in a Feature Film in a Supporting Role[48] Won
BTVA Feature Film Voice Acting Award - Best Vocal Ensemble in a Feature Film (shared with cast) Nominated
The Secret Life of Pets BTVA Feature Film Voice Acting Award - Best Female Lead Vocal Performance in a Feature Film Nominated
2017 Star vs. the Forces of Evil BTVA Television Voice Acting Award - Best Female Vocal Performance in a Television Series in a Supporting Role Nominated
2018 Despicable Me 3 and The Lego Batman Movie BTVA Feature Film Voice Acting Award - Best Vocal Ensemble in a Feature Film (shared with cast) Nominated
2020 The Secret Life of Pets 2 Annie Award for Voice Acting in a Feature Production Nominated
2023 Marcel the Shell with Shoes On Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Feature Film Nominated
Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Animated Feature Nominated
Annie Award for Outstanding Achievement for Voice Acting in a Feature Production Pending
Everything Everywhere All at Once Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Pending


  • Slate, Jenny; Fleischer-Camp, Dean (2011). Marcel the Shell with Shoes On: Things About Me. Razorbill. ISBN 978-1-59514-455-3.
  • Slate, Jenny; Fleischer-Camp, Dean (2014). Marcel the Shell: The Most Surprised I've Ever Been. Razorbill. ISBN 978-1-59514-456-0.
  • Slate, Jenny; Slate, Ron (2016). About the House. Concord Free Press. ISBN 9780990805922.
  • Slate, Jenny (2019). Little Weirds. Little, Brown and Company (published November 5, 2019). ISBN 978-0-316-48534-0.[49]


  1. ^ Character was initially named "Big Nose" but was renamed in the digital release of the film due to it being a negative Jewish stereotype.[47]


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