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Life and career – Abby Elliott

Elliott was born in New York City, the elder of two children. She is the daughter of Paula Niedert, a talent coordinator, and actor/comedian Chris Elliott. Her grandfather was radio comedian Bob Elliott.[1] Her younger sister is actress Bridey Elliott; they were both raised in Wilton, Connecticut.[2] She attended high school at Immaculate High School in Danbury, Connecticut, where she acted in school plays and musicals. After graduating from Immaculate High School in 2005, she attended Marymount Manhattan College in New York City but dropped out during the first semester.[1]

Elliott took comedy classes at The Groundlings and eventually began training and performing in various sketch comedy shows at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre (UCB) in Los Angeles.[3]

In 2006, Elliott appeared with supporting roles for the pilots You’ve Reached the Elliotts and Chrissy: Plain & Simple, both sitcoms that star her father, Chris Elliott.[2] While at UCBT, she frequently performed with The Midnight Show sketch troupe. She has also occasionally performed comedy with her sister Bridey. Before joining the cast of SNL, Elliott had also done guest voices roles on King of the Hill and Minoriteam.[4] She has also been featured in a number of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon sketches such as “Jersey Floor” and “Studio 6-Bee”.[5][6] Elliott made her film debut with a small role in No Strings Attached, and has since had supporting roles in the films High Road and Fun Size.[7][8]

After leaving SNL in 2012, Elliott has made guest appearances on television programs such as 2 Broke GirlsHow I Met Your MotherHappy Endings, and Inside Amy Schumer.[9] From 2015 to 2017, she co-starred on the Bravo series Odd Mom Out. In 2020, she starred in the Fran Drescher sitcom Indebted on NBC.

Saturday Night Live – Abby Elliott

Elliott joined the cast of SNL midway through the 2008–2009 season (Season 34), in November 2008, following the departure of Amy Poehler.[4] She is the third generation of her family to have been featured on SNL (the second to be hired as a cast member, and her tenure on the show was longer than both her father and grandfather). Her father, Chris Elliott, was an SNL cast member during the 1994–1995 season (Season 20) and her grandfather, Bob Elliott, was one half of the popular comedy duo Bob & Ray. Bob Elliott co-starred on a Christmas episode in the 1978–1979 season (Season 4).[1]

After four seasons on SNL, Elliott was let go from the show prior to its 38th season.[7]

Celebrity impressions on SNL – Abby Elliott

Recurring characters on SNL

  • Shirley, one of the singing sisters on The Lawrence Welk Show.
  • One of the French girls in “Les Jeunes de Paris”.
  • Fur Coat Rhonda, one of the comedians in “The Original Kings of Catchphrase Comedy”.
  • Paula, one of Gilly’s classmates that always tattles on her.

Personal life

In 2010, Elliott dated fellow Saturday Night Live cast member Fred Armisen.[10] They ended their relationship in September 2011.[11]

Elliott married television writer Bill Kennedy on September 3, 2016.[12]

Filmography

Year Title Role Notes
2011 No Strings Attached Joy
2011 My Anime Girlfriend Yuruki Short film
2011 High Road Monica film
2012 Fun Size Lara
2014 Life Partners Vanessa
2014 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Taylor
2014 Sex Ed Trish
Year Title Role Notes
2020 Indebted Rebecca Klein Main cast
2016–2018 Home: Adventures with Tip and Oh Chelsea Recurring character
2015–2019 Star vs. the Forces of Evil Janna (voice)[13] Recurring character
2015–2017 Odd Mom Out Brooke Von-Weber Main cast
2014 Garfunkel & Oates Chevrolet Episode: “Rule 34”
2013–2014 How I Met Your Mother Jeanette Peterson 5 episodes
2013–2014 Inside Amy Schumer Bree / Joselyn 2 episodes
2013 Happy Endings Katie Episode: “The Straight Dope”
2012 Ugly Americans Emily (voice) Episode: “Journey to the Center of Twayne”
2012 2 Broke Girls Ruth Episode: “And the New Boss”
2009 Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday Kristen Cavallari Episode: “2.2”
2008–2012 Saturday Night Live Herself / Various 81 episodes
2008 King of the Hill Various voices 4 episodes
2006 Minoriteam Computer (voice) Episode: “The Internet 2.0”

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