Ellie Kemper

Ellie Kemper
Kemper is from St. Louis, Missouri, and lives in New York City.


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Kemper is from St. Louis, Missouri, and lives in New York City. She was first introduced to improvisational comedy during her time as a student at Princeton University, where she participated in the improv groups called Quipfire! and the Princeton Triangle Club. She also played field hockey at Princeton, although she said she sat on the bench "roughly 97 percent" of the time. Kemper graduated from Princeton in 2002 with a degree in English. After graduation, she studied English for a year at the University of Oxford.

She has appeared on comedy sketches on Late Night With Conan O'Brien and an episode of E! Television's The Gastineau Girls, which has been described as her "breakout role". She has also appeared on Fuse TV's The P.A. Kemper has written several sketch comedy shows, many of them with her comedy partner Scott Eckert, a fellow graduate of Princeton University. Kemper is also a contributor to McSweeney's and the satirical newspaper The Onion. She has also appeared in several national commercials, including a radio spot for Dunkin' Donuts. Upon moving to New York City, Kemper participated in the People’s Improv Theatre and the city troupe of Upright Citizens Brigade, an improvisational comedy and sketch comedy group. She has appeared in several shows for the Brigade, including Death and/or Despair, Listen Kid, Gang Bang and The Improvised Mystery.

In 2007, she appeared in How to Kick People, a performance combining stand-up comedy and literary performances. In March 2008, she wrote and performed in the one-woman show "Dumb Girls" through the Upright Citizens Brigade. She has also appeared in comedy sketches on Funny or Die, the comedy website started by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay's production company, Gary Sanchez Productions.

Starting in the fifth season of NBC's The Office, Kemper was cast in a supporting role as the Dunder Mifflin office receptionist Kelly "Erin" Hannon. Kemper described herself as "huge fan" of the show and was thrilled to be cast. Kemper's character and performance has grown popular among fans.

Joshua Ostroff of Eye Weekly described Erin as one of the best new television characters of the 2008-2009 season and said, "Erin’s high-grade adorability, up-for-anything attitude and sheer niceness is unlike anyone else in the office, adding a welcome new wrinkle for next season." Andy Shaw of TV Fodder said she "adds some freshness to the cast" and Josh McAuliffe of The Times-Tribune in Scranton, Pennsylvania, said he liked Erin's "cheerful, appealingly goofy personality".

In May 2009, The Office screenwriter Jennifer Celotta, who described Kemper as a "fun addition" to the show, said she would continue to appear in the show's sixth season.

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Tina Fey adds Jane Krakowski to Ellie Kemper comedy ... Jane Krakowski will play a recurring role on the new show starring former The Office star Ellie Kemper. Kemper plays Kimmy, who after 15 years of living in a cult decides it's time to reclaim her life and heads to New York City.

Tina Fey & Ellie Kemper Team Up at NBC Upfronts 2014 ... Tina Fey & Ellie Kemper Team Up at NBC Upfronts 2014! Tina Fey and Ellie Kemper hit the red carpet together at the 2014 NBC Upfront Presentation held at the Jacob Javits Center on Monday morning (May 12) in New ...

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