Kristen Schaal

Kristen Joy Schaal (/ʃɑːl/;[1] born January 24, 1978) is an American actress, voice actress, comedian, and writer. She is best known for her voice roles as Louise Belcher on Bob's Burgers and Mabel Pines on Gravity Falls, as well as for playing Mel on Flight of the Conchords, Hurshe Heartshe on The Heart, She Holler and Carol Pilbasian on The Last Man on Earth.

Kristen Schaal
Schaal at the 2016 WonderCon in Los Angeles, California
Kristen Joy Schaal

(1978-01-24) January 24, 1978
ResidenceLos Angeles, California, U.S.
Alma materNorthwestern University
  • Actress
  • voice actress
  • comedian
  • writer
Years active1999–present
Rich Blomquist (m. 2012)
Comedy career

She provides several voices for BoJack Horseman, most notably for the character of Sarah Lynn, for which she was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance. Other roles include Amanda Simmons on The Hotwives of Orlando, Hazel Wassername on 30 Rock, Victoria Best on WordGirl, Trixie in the Toy Story franchise, and Anne on Wilfred. She was an occasional commentator on The Daily Show from 2008 to 2016. She voiced Sayrna in a 2019 EA video game, Anthem.

Early life

Schaal was born in Longmont, Colorado, to a Lutheran family of Dutch ancestry.[2] She was raised on her family's cattle ranch, in a rural area near Boulder, Colorado.[2] Her father is a construction worker and her mother is a secretary.[3]

Schaal attended Skyline High School where she graduated in 1996. She has a brother, David, who is three years older.[3] She graduated from Northwestern University and then moved to New York in 2000 to pursue a comedy career. In 2005, she had her first break when she was included in the New York article "The Ten Funniest New Yorkers You've Never Heard Of".[4]


Live comedy

In 2006, Schaal performed at the 2006 HBO US Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, 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 City, and "Best Female Stand Up Comedian" at the 2007 ECNY Awards.[5] 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.[6] Also in 2006, Schaal appeared on the first season of the Comedy Central show Live at Gotham.[7] She co-hosts the weekly variety show Hot Tub in Los Angeles, which was voted "Best Variety Show of 2005" by Time-Out New York's readers poll. She also performs at the Peoples Improv Theater on the improv team, "Big Black Car", which was awarded best improv troupe of 2005 at the Emerging Comics of New York Awards. She is a founding member of the theatre company The Striking Viking Story Pirates, which adapts stories by children into sketches and songs.

Schaal performed live at the Edinburgh Fringe 2007 in Scotland, where she was one of six acts (chosen from over two hundred American productions at the Fringe) requested to perform at the US Consul General-sponsored "Fringe USA" Showcase.

On her return to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August 2008, Schaal was nominated for the If.comedy award for Kristen Schaal And Kurt Braunohler: Double Down Hearts.[8]

Schaal has also performed at the Royal Albert Hall, London, as part of The Secret Policeman's Ball 2008 in aid of Amnesty International, and at the Bonnaroo 2009 music festival. In 2010, Schaal appeared as a stand-up comic on John Oliver's New York Stand Up Show and at the Solid Sound Festival at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art.

Film, TV and radio

Schaal appeared on HBO's Flight of the Conchords as the stalker-fan Mel, a role which earned her an EWwy 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 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, often presented in recurring appearances as its news team'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 appeared on an episode of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver about sexual education, talking about abstinence and non-abstinence only education.

Her other film and television credits include Kate and Leopold, Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Snake 'n' Bacon, Norbit, Get Him to the Greek, Conviction, Cheap Seats, Freak Show, Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant, Adam and Steve, The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard, Delirious, Australian show Good News Week, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, The Education of Max Bickford, Comedy Central's Contest Searchlight, Ugly Betty, How I Met Your Mother, MTV's Human Giant and Mad Men. She was also a contributor to the sketch/music series The Nighttime Clap on the Fuse music network. She also appeared on Fuse's original comedy series The P.A. Schaal appeared in two TV pilots written and directed by Jersey City comedian Dan McNamara -- The Calderons and Redeeming Rainbow, both of which were screened as official selections at the 2006 and 2007 New York Television Festivals. She was also in television commercials for Wendy's, RadioShack, Starburst and Zaxby's. She made an appearance, in April 2008, on the IFC sketch comedy show The Whitest Kids U' Know. On April 3, 2009 she taped an episode of Comedy Central Presents.[9] In 2010, she added her voice to the PBS Kids GO! series WordGirl as Victoria Best, a child prodigy whose parents taught her to be the best at everything that she does.[10] Schaal voiced 13-year-old Mabel Pines on Disney Channel's hit TV series Gravity Falls. She currently voices the character Louise on the FOX Network series Bob's Burgers.

She also stars in A. D. Miles' series Horrible People. In October 2008, Schaal appeared in an episode of Spicks and Specks. On June 10, 2009, Schaal broadcast her first radio show, High Five!!, on Sirius XM Radio's 'RawDog' channel with co-host Kurt Braunohler.[11] She played Gertha Teeth in the 2009 movie The Vampire's Assistant. Schaal stars in her own web series, Penelope Princess of Pets, one episode of which doubled as the video for the New Pornographers' "Mutiny, I Promise You".[12] She voiced Trixie the Triceratops in Toy Story 3 and Pumpkin Witch and Palace Witch in Shrek Forever After.[13] She was also in the music video for Joey Ramone's "New York City". She also guest starred in the Modern Family episode "Fifteen Percent", as well as the music video for "Conversation 16" by The National. Schaal guest starred on the MC Frontalot album Solved. She was featured with Kurt Braunohler on the Radiolab episode "Loops".[14] Schaal was in a commercial for the Xperia Play version of Minecraft.

Schaal guest starred on The Simpsons May 8, 2011 episode "Homer Scissorhands" in which she plays Taffy, a love interest of Milhouse. She is incorrectly listed in the credits as "Kristen Schall". This prompted Simpsons writers to issue her a unique apology on the next week's episode in which Bart's chalkboard joke in the intro to the show states "It's Kristen Schaal, not Kristen Schall." Schaal also appeared in a music video for "Weird Al" Yankovic's 2014 song "Tacky", a parody of Pharrell Williams's "Happy".

In 2013, Schaal guest starred in the two part episode "Sea Tunt" of Archer, lending her voice to a character named Tiffy.[15][16]

In 2014, Schaal co-starred alongside Casey Wilson, Danielle Schneider, Tymberlee Hill, Andrea Savage, and Angela Kinsey in the first season of the Hulu original series The Hotwives of Orlando. She co-starred alongside Will Forte in the FOX comedy The Last Man on Earth, which premiered on March 1, 2015.

Schaal also voices the character Sarah Lynn in the Netflix original animated series BoJack Horseman.[17] In 2017, she was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance for her performance as Sarah Lynn.

Schaal appeared in A Walk in the Woods (2015) as hiker Mary Ellen.[18]

In 2016, Schaal was a panelist on episode 1 of the British comedy show The Big Fat Quiz of Everything, a spinoff of The Big Fat Quiz of the Year.

In 2017, Schaal was on Episode 49 of Good One: A Podcast About Jokes called "Kristen Schaal and Her Singing, Dancing Bird".[19][20]


Schaal wrote a book of humor, The Sexy Book of Sexy Sex, with her husband, former Daily Show writer Rich Blomquist. It was published in July 2010 by Chronicle Books.[21] She originally intended for them to write the book under pseudonyms, "because I don't want anyone to imagine me doing those things,"[22] but realized it would be harder to promote the book without using their real names.

Personal life

Schaal has been married to former Daily Show staff writer Rich Blomquist since 2012.[21][23] On February 11, 2018, Schaal announced on Instagram that she had given birth to a daughter named Ruby.[24]


Year Title Role Notes
2001 Kate & Leopold Miss Tree
2004 Poster Boy Bookstore Lady #14
2005 Adam & Steve Ruth
2006 Delirious Joelle
2007 Norbit Event Organizer
2009 The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard Stewardess Stacey
Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant Gertha Teeth
2010 When in Rome Ilona
Valentine's Day Ms. Gilroy
Shrek Forever After Pumpkin / Palace Witch Voice
Get Him to the Greek Production Assistant
Toy Story 3 Trixie Voice
Dinner for Schmucks Susana
Going the Distance Female Bartender
2011 Butter Carol-Ann Stevenson
Hawaiian Vacation Trixie Voice, short film
The Muppets Moderator
2012 Sleepwalk with Me Cynthia
2013 Despicable Me 2 Shannon Voice
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 Barb
Welcome to the Jungle Brenda
2015 A Walk in the Woods Mary Ellen
2016 Donald Trump's The Art of the Deal: The Movie Gloria / Deborah Voice
The Boss Sandy Haim
2017 All Nighter Roberta
Literally, Right Before Aaron Talula
Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie Edith Voice
Austin Found Nancy
2018 Boundaries JoJo Jaconi
2019 Toy Story 4 Trixie Voice
2020 My Spy Bobbi In post-production
Bill & Ted Face the Music Kelly In production
Bob's Burgers: The Movie Louise Belcher Voice, in production
Year Title Role Notes
2000 Ntune: The Life of a Boyband Melissa Colby Short
2001–02 The Education of Max Bickford Valerie Holmes 3 episodes
2004 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Abby Episode: "Brotherhood"
2005 Cheap Seats: Without Ron Parker Emily Episode: "Dog Show/World Beard and Mustache Championship"
2006 Conviction Allie Rubinoff Episode: "Madness"
Ugly Betty Nancy Episode: "Pilot"
Six Degrees Gail 2 episodes
Freak Show Various (voice) 7 episodes
2007 Scott Bateman Presents Various (voice) 2 episodes
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"
How I Met Your Mother Laura Girard Episode: "The Platinum Rule"
2007–09 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"
2008–2016 The Daily Show Herself (commentator) 31 episodes
2009 Xavier: Renegade Angel Various (voice) Episode: "Going Normal"
Snake 'n' Bacon The Green Fairy Episode: "Pilot"[25]
Comedy Showcase Tourist Episode: "The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret"
2010 Modern Family Whitney Episode: "Fifteen Percent"
Comedy Lab Penelope Episode: "Penelope Princess of Pets"
Fact Checkers Unit Paula Episode: "One Groundhog Day Dog"
Scared Shrekless Sugar the Gingerbread Girl (voice) Short
2010–15 WordGirl Victoria Best (voice) 5 episodes
2011–18 The Simpsons Taffy (voice) / Louise Belcher (voice) 2 episodes[26]
2011 The Penguins of Madagascar Muffy / Buffy / Fluffy (voice) Episode: "Operation: Neighbor Swap"
Soul Quest Overdrive Tammy (voice) 5 episodes
2011–14 The Heart, She Holler Hershe Heartshe 6 episodes
2011–12 American Dad! Librarian / Girl (voices) 2 episodes
2011–present Bob's Burgers Louise Belcher Lead role
Annie Award for Outstanding Achievement, Voice Acting in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production
2012–13 30 Rock Hazel Wassername 11 episodes
2012–14 Adventure Time Jake Jr. (voice) 4 episodes
2012–16 Gravity Falls Mabel Pines (voice) Lead role; 39 episodes
2013 Archer Tiffy (voice) 2 episodes
Wilfred Anne 4 episodes
NTSF:SD:SUV:: Deborah Episode: "Trading Faces"
Toy Story of Terror Trixie (voice) Short
2013–16 Comedy Bang! Bang! Gina Guppies Episode: "Jessica Alba Wears a Jacket with Patent Leather Pumps"
2014 The Hotwives of Orlando Amanda Simmons Series regular; 7 episodes
Glee Mary Halloran Episode: "The Untitled Rachel Berry Project"
Toy Story That Time Forgot Trixie (voice) Short
2014–17, 2019 BoJack Horseman Sarah Lynn / Various (voices) 13 episodes
Nominated – Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance
2015 Axe Cop God (voice) Episode: "Axe Cop Saves God"
The Hotwives of Las Vegas Amanda Simmons Episode: "Old Friends, New Enemies"
2015–18 The Last Man on Earth Carol Pilbasian Main role; 65 episodes
Also director: "Gender Friender"
2016 Wander Over Yonder Mavis (voice, parody of Mabel Pines) Episode: "The Cartoon"
Brad Neely's Harg Nallin' Sclopio Peepio Various (voice) Episode: "For Sarandon"
Great Minds with Dan Harmon Amelia Earhart Episode: "Amelia Earhart"
Transformers: Rescue Bots Chickadee (voice) Episode: "Camp Cody"
2018 Ask the Storybots Biologist Episode: "How Many Types of Animals Are There?"
2019 Future Man Episode: "Guess Who's Coming to Lunch"
What We Do in the Shadows The Guide Episode: "The Trial"
The Green Beret's Guide to Surviving the Apocalypse Herself Episode: "Big Ones"
Squinters Tina 6 episodes
Video games
2010 Toy Story 3: The Video Game Trixie
2019 Anthem Sayrna


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