Kristen Schaal (born January 24, 1978) is an American actress, model, writer, and comedian, best known for her role as Mel in the HBO series Flight of the Conchords, as Louise in Bob's Burgers, as Hazel Whassername in 30 Rock, and as a contributor on The Daily Show. She was also the Anger Management Teacher in The Muppets, Susan in Dinner For Schmucks, and she voices Jake Jr. in Cartoon Network's popular TV show, Adventure Time. She voices the Gravity Falls main character Mabel Pines.
Kristen Schaal was born in Longmont, Colorado, to a Lutheran family of a Dutch descent. She was raised on her family's cattle farm, in a rural area near Boulder. Her father is a construction worker and her mother is a secretary. Schaal also has a brother who is three years older. She graduated from Northwestern University, then moved to New York to pursue a comedy career. Five years later, in 2005, she had her first break when she was included in New York Magazine's The Ten Funniest New Yorkers You've Never Heard.
In 2006, Schaal was invited to perform at the 2006 HBO US Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, which is where she won the award for "Best Alternative Comedian." She was also the winner of the second annual Andy Kaufman Award (hosted by the New York Comedy Festival), Best Female Stand-up at the 2006 Nightlife Awards in New York, and "Best Female Stand Up Comedian" at the 2007 ECNY Awards. At the 2008 Melbourne International Comedy Festival, she won the Barry Award for her show Kristen Schaal As You Have Probably Never Seen Her Before, tying with Nina Conti. Also in 2006, Schaal appeared on the first season of the Comedy Central show, Live at Gotham.
Film, TV and radio
Schaal is best known for her role on HBO's Flight of the Conchords as the stalker-fan Mel, a role which earned her an Emmy nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series in 2009. She was also a credited consultant and writer for Season 11 of South Park, appeared on the BBC's Never Mind the Buzzcocks as a contestant on Noel Fielding's Team, and played the boss in Fuse's mockumentary The Intern. She made her first appearance as a "special commentator" on Comedy Central's The Daily Show on March 13, 2008. She is often presented as the Daily Show's "Senior Women's Issues Correspondent." On April 13, 2008, she made an appearance on Good News Week during the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, and in October 2008 she appeared in Amnesty International's The Secret Policeman's Ball 2008. She also voiced Jake Jr. in Adventure Time.
Schaal wrote a book, titled Sexy Book of Sexy Sex, with her boyfriend, Daily Show writer Rich Blomquist. It was published in July 2010 by Chronicle Books. They originally intended to write the book under pseudonyms, "because I don't want anyone to imagine me doing those things," but soon realized that it would be harder to sell the book without using their own names.
|2001||Kate & Leopold||Miss Tree|
|The Education of Max Bickford||Valerie Holmes||Episode: "In the Details"|
Episode: "A Very Great Man"
|2002||The Education of Max Bickford||Valerie Holmes||Episode: "The Bad Girl"|
|2004||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Abby||Episode: "Brotherhood"|
|Poster Boy||Bookstore Lady #14|
|2005||Adam & Steve||Ruth|
|Cheap Seats: Without Ron Parker||Emily||Episode: "Dog Show/World Beard and Mustache Championshop"|
|2006||Conviction||Allie Rubinoff||Episode: "Madness"|
|The Calderons||Barbara||TV movie|
|Ugly Betty||Nancy||Episode: "Pilot"|
|Six Degrees||Gail||Episode: "Pilot"|
Episode: "The Puncher"
|Freak Show||Various (voice)||7 episodes|
|2007||Scott Bateman Presents Scott Bateman Presents||Earth's New Robot Overlord (voice)|
|Law & Order: Criminal Intent||Alana Binder||Episode: "30"|
|Human Giant||Girl in Doritos Commercial||Episode: "Lil 9-11"|
|Mad Men||Nannette||Episode: "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes"|
|Redeeming Rainbow||Nameless Drifter||TV movie|
|Comedy: Shuffle||Penelope / Princess of Pets||Episode: "Jocelyn Jee Esien"|
|How I Met Your Mother||Laura Girard||Episode: "The Platinum Rule"|
|2007–2009||Flight of the Conchords||Mel||21 episodes|
|2008||Aqua Teen Hunger Force||Tammy Tangerine (voice)||Episode: "Bible Fruit"|
|The Whitest Kids U'Know||Homeless Woman||Episode: "2.9"|
|Horrible People||Margaret||10 episodes|
|2009||Xavier: Renegade Angel||Frantic Spectator / Old Ryan's Wife (voice)||Episode: "Going Normal"|
|Snake 'n' Bacon||The Green Fairy||TV movie|
|The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard||Stewardess Stacey|
|Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant||Gertha Teeth|
|Comedy Showcase||Tourist||Episode: "The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret"|
|2010||Modern Family||Whitney||Episode: "Fifteen Percent"|
|When in Rome||Ilona|
|Valentine's Day||Ms. Gilroy|
|Comedy Lab||Penelope||Episode: "Penelope Princess of Pets"|
|Shrek Forever After||Pumpkin Witch / Palace Witch (voice)|
|Get Him to the Greek||Today Show Production Assistant|
|Toy Story 3||Trixie (voice)|
|Dinner for Schmucks||Susana|
|Going the Distance||Female Bartender|
|FCU: Fact Checkers Unit||Paula||Episode: "One Groundhog Day Dog"|
|Scared Shrekless||Gingerbread Girl (voice)|
|Bob's Burgers||Louise (voice)||Main Role|
|Sony Ericsson Xperia Play Commercial||Young businessperson||Internet Commercial|
|The Simpsons||Taffy (voice)||Episode: "Homer Scissorhands"; credited as "Kristen Schall"|
|The Penguins of Madagascar||Muffy, Bluffy, and Fluffy the bunny rabbits (guest voice)||Episode: "Operation: Neighbor Swap"|
|Hawaiian Vacation||Trixie (voice)|
|2012-2013||Gravity Falls||Mabel Pines (voice)||Main Role|
|2013||Adventure Time||Jake Jr. (voice)||Episode: "Jake The Dad" and "One Last Job"|
|2013||Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2||Barb (Voice)|
|2013||Despicable Me 2||Shannon (voice)|
- Gravity Falls creator Alex Hirsch has commented that "[For the voices] In terms of Mabel, I knew from the get-go that it’s got to be Kristen Schaal or there’s no show. I would’ve just stopped working. If we hadn’t gotten her, I would have probably quit." [Source]
- She cosplayed as Mabel (complete with light-up sweater) during the San Diego Comic Con in 2013.
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