Jenny Slate discovered her flair for comedy during her student days at Columbia University. She founded the improv group Fruit Paunch at University. During one of the Varsity shows, she met comedian Gabe Liedman, who later became her comedy partner. After graduating from Columbia University in 2004, Slate launched the comedy duo Gabe & Jenny with Gabe Liedman. Their live stand-up comedy show went on the become instantly popular for its acidic humor and sharp wit. Time Out New York hand-picked their show titled ‘Big Terrific’ with Max Silvestri as the best new variety show of 2008. Together, Slate, Liedman and Silvestri established one of the most successful and popular stand-up partnerships, that lasted till 2015. Though the trio disbanded the show due to their busy schedules, they still come together to perform occasionally. Slate’s voice became popular with her regular appearances as a commentator on VH1’s ‘talking head’ commentary episodes.
By the end of the 2000s, Slate established herself as an emerging television personality. In 2009, she appeared in several episodes of the sketch comedy, ‘7th Floor West’ along with Jimmy Fallon. Slate also played a recurring character in the popular HBO comedy series ‘Bored to Death.’ Her guest appearances on various television shows like ‘Bob’s Burgers,’ ‘Girls,’ ‘The Whitest Kids U’ Know,’ ‘Important Things with Demetri Martin,’ and ‘Raising Hope’ also helped her to become a household name.
Slate got her first breakthrough in 2009 when she joined Saturday Night Live. Though her maiden episode is remembered for the cuss word she uttered during the live broadcast, she gained massive fan following in the following episodes. Her character Tina-Tina Cheneuse who sells doorbells, car horns and alarm clocks went on to become immensely popular. She used to impersonate celebrities like Hoda Kotb, Lady Gaga, Kristen Stewart, Ashley Olsen, and Olympia Snowe during the SNL season. But Slate left SNL after the first season wrapped up in 2010.
In 2010, Slate co-wrote and lent a voice to the stop-motion animated short ‘Marcel the Shell with Shoes On,’ directed by Dean Fleischer-Camp. Based on the life of an anthropomorphic seashell named Marcel with a single eye and a pair of shoes, the short went on to become a viral sensation. Slate’s immense popularity and fan following in the new media landed her a major role on the big screen. She played the character of Zoe in the live-action animated comedy ‘Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked.’
Comedy has always been Slate’s comfort zone where she is very powerful and in control of things. The actress made use of her comedic resources to their maximum potential to establish herself as a versatile actress. During the second half of the 2010s, she focused more on diverse characters handpicked from various genres. Slate’s major works during this period include ‘Obvious Child,’ ‘Married,’ ‘Zootopia,’ ‘The Secret Life of Pets,’ and ‘Gifted.’ She also published a book, which she co-wrote with her father, about her childhood memories. So now you might be wondering what is the next Jenny Slate movie or TV show? Well, here’s the list of upcoming Jenny Slate films and TV shows scheduled to release in 2019 and 2020. We can only hope that the latest Jenny Slate movies would be as good as some of her recent ones.
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