Back in 2005, comedienne, actress and writer Kristen Schaal was listed among New York Magazine's "The Ten Funniest New Yorkers You've Never Heard Of." Things have certainly changed since then. Today, Schaal is best known as The Daily Show’s Senior Women’s Issues Commentator and as stalker-fan Mel in the HBO series Flight of the Conchords, a role which earned her a 2009 Entertainment Weekly Ewwy nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.
Her voice has recently been heard at the movies as Trixie the Triceratops in Toy Story 3 and as the Witch in Shrek Forever After. Schaal’s Comedy Central Presents special first aired in 2009 and she served as a consultant and writer for Season 11 of South Park. Other film and television credits include Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Norbit, Ugly Betty, How I Met Your Mother, Mad Men and Dinner for Schmucks.
Up next from this sassy lady is a sex guide co-authored with boyfriend and Daily Show writer Rich Blomquist. The publication will be titled The Sexy Book of Sexy Sex to avoid any confusion. Schaal will also be lending her voice to Fox's new animated series Bob's Burgers.
"Schaal's forte is her absurdist wit, which pays off in a delicious avalanche of surprises." -The Los Angeles Times
Together with Kristen Schaal, Kurt Braunohler was nominated in 2008 for the IF.Comedy Best Comedy Show Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Braunohler is also known for a sketch comedy show he created for the network children's television program Noggin.
Reggie Walls got his start in Seattle before moving to New York City in 2004. He has toured with Regina Spektor and in 2009 won an ECNY Award for Best Musical Comedy Act. He is currently travelling as Conan O'Brian's opening act for The Legally Prohibited from Being Funny on Television Tour. Walls has also created experimental multi-media theater with friend and playwrite, Tommy Smith.
Both Kurt Braunohler and Reggie Walls have worked with Kristen Schaal on her popular web-series, Penelope: Princess of Pets.
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