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.

Early life

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.


Live comedy

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.


Year Title Role Notes
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
Delirious Joelle
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)
Trixie Tangway
Episode: "Two"
Episode: "Three"
Norbit Event Organizer
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"
WordGirl Victoria Best
Scared Shrekless Gingerbread Girl (voice)
2011 Butter Post-production
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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