March 16, 2013

TV Star Spotlight: Jenny Slate

It seems lately that Jenny Slate, the short-lived SNL star from the 2009/2010 season, has been popping up all over our TV screen. So we thought we'd take a look back at some of our favorite Jenny Slate TV appearances (plus one viral viral video sensation)!  Check it out:

We first saw Jenny Slate on the Late Night with Jimmy Fallon's recurring series 7th Floor West, a spot-on parody of The Hills.  Jenny played Jenny, an NBC page who Jimmy finds attractive and eventually hires to be his assistant:

That bit must have caught the eye of Lorne Michaels (who is the executive producer of both SNL and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon) because shortly after that Jenny was cast on Saturday Night Live.  Though she only lasted one year, we were always big fans of her work on the show, especially her recurring character of Tina Tina Chanuse:

After leaving SNL, Jenny created the adorable viral video sensation "Marcel the Shell with Shoes On". Jenny co-wrote the film and voices the titular character of Marcel, a tiny shell wearing shoes.  The video was so successful (it has over 20 million views on YouTube) that it later spawned a sequel video and even a hardcover book.  Check out the original "Marcel the Shell with Shoes On" and the sequel below:

We recently got into the hit HBO comedy series Girls, and we were pleasantly surprised when Jenny Slate popped up in the show as Tally Schifrin, a former college classmate of Hannah's who just published a successful book.  The clip below briefly features Jenny, but to see more of her from Girls, check out this deleted scene, (which for some reason refuses to embed).

Kroll Show is a hilarious sketch comedy series that just wrapped up its first season on Comedy Central (it's already been renewed for season 2).  We love Nick Kroll on The League, so we were very excited to see him on his own show.  Kroll is of course great, but we were really impressed by the number of great guest stars he's had on the show. Everyone from Ed Helms and Fred Armisen to John Mulaney and Hannibal Burress has been on, but our favorite guest star on the show would have to be Jenny Slate.  Jenny stars in the recurring fake reality show "PubLIZity" as Liz B. opposite Kroll as Liz G. as two women who run a PR firm.  Jenny's character of Liz later appeared in another fake reality show called "Ice Dating". Here's both hilarious clips:

Lastly, just this past week Jenny guest starred on one of our favorite shows, Parks & Recreation.  Jenny played Mona-Lisa Sapperstein, the twin sister (from the same mister) of the always outrageous Jean-Ralphio.  She's the worst:

And get ready to see lots more Jenny Slate on the upcoming television season, as she's starring in the  new ABC comedy pilot Pulling developed by Office writers Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky and co-starring Kristen Schaal (Flight of the Conchords, 30 Rock) and June Diane Raphael (New Girl, Animal Practice)!  We can't wait!

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