Lisa Kudrow’s father was a physician who specialized in treating headaches. Kudrow worked for nearly eight years alongside her father’s assistants and researched headaches. It was her brother’s friend, comedian Jon Lovitz, who encouraged her to join The Groundlings, an improv and sketch comedy school based in Los Angeles. The school changed Kudrow’s perception of acting. The course also helped her to develop contacts with various comedy troupes. She managed to land a minor role in an episode of the NBC sitcom ‘Cheers.’ Later, she got a recurring role in three episodes of season one of the CBS sitcom ‘Bob’ in 1991.
Kudrow’s first major role in a television series was the hyper-active waitress Ursula Buffay in the NBC sitcom ‘Mad About You.’ The success of the show helped her to take the same character to another NBC sitcom ‘Friends.’ This time, she also played the character of Ursula’s twin sister Phoebe Buffay, which earned her the Emmy Award of Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series in 1998.
Kudrow’s frequent guest appearances in popular TV shows helped her to become a familiar face among television viewers. In 2005, she played the lead role in the HBO series ‘The Comeback’. She received two Emmy nominations for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for her portrayal of the lead character Valerie Cherish in the series. Kudrow’s major movie credits include ‘Easy A,’ ‘Hotel for Dogs,’ ‘Happy Endings,’ ‘Neighbors,’ ‘Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising,’ and ‘The Girl on the Train.’ She has guest starred in TV series such as ‘Cougar Town,’ ‘BoJack Horseman,’ ‘Angie Tribeca,’ and ‘Scandal.’ So now you might be wondering what is the next Lisa Kudrow movie or TV show? Well, here’s the list of upcoming Lisa Kudrow films and TV shows scheduled to release in 2019 and 2020. We can only hope that the latest Lisa Kudrow movies would be as good as some of her recent ones.
5. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (2015 – )
The Netflix sitcom ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt‘ ended its fourth season in January on a happy note. In May, the recurring cast member Tina Fey, who created the series along with Robert Carlock, announced that the show is coming back to Netflix as an interactive special. The series features Ellie Kemper as the desperate young woman Kimmy Schmidt who tries to restart her life in New York City. She, along with three other women, is rescued from the bunkers of a doomsday cult led by Reverend Richard Wayne Gary Wayne (played by Jon Hamm) after 15 years of captivity. Kimmy struggles to cope-up with the sprawling new city. Gradually, she makes friends with her landlady Lillian Kaushtupper (played by Carol Kane), her roommate and struggling actor Titus Andromedon (played by Tituss Burgess) and Jacqueline Voorhees (played by Jane Krakowski) for whom she works as a nanny.
Lisa Kudrow plays the role of Lori-Ann Schmidt, Kimmy’s missing mother. She appeared in seasons 2 and 4. “Fans will be able to make choices on behalf of our characters, taking different story paths with, of course, different jokes. I think it’s a great fit for our show and will be a great way to officially complete the series”, revealed Tina Fey. Ellie Kemper, Tituss Burgess, Jane Krakowski, and Carol Kane are expected to return for 2020 special while others like Lisa Kudrow are yet to acknowledge their part in the special. Netflix will air the special in 2020.