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Ellie Kemper is an actress and writer originally from St. Louis, MO. She attended Princeton University as an undergraduate. Ellie was a member of the field hockey team during her freshman year at college, when the team placed second in the… Read more
Ellie Kemper is an actress and writer originally from St. Louis, MO. She attended Princeton University as an undergraduate. Ellie was a member of the field hockey team during her freshman year at college, when the team placed second in the NCAA Division One National Championship. After leaving the field hockey team, where she mostly sat on the bench and provided water for her teammates who were actually tired and sweaty from playing on the field instead of sitting on the bench, she joined the campus' improvisation group, Quipfire!, and its musical theater group, Triangle. After graduating, she spent a year at Oxford University pursuing graduate studies in English Literature. Upon moving to New York, Ellie studied improvisation at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre and the People's Improv Theater. She also interned for a year at Late Night with Conan O'Brien, appearing in sketches on the show. She has appeared in many television commercials, hawking items from Mega M&M's to Citibank to Caltrate. Ellie was a contributing writer for The Onion while living in New York. She is also a contributor to the literary journal, McSweeney's.
As an actress, she got her big break when she landed the role of Erin Hannon on the American version of The Office. She played Erin for the last four seasons of the show. She has also appeared in the films Bridesmaids, 21 Jump Street, Laggies, and Sex Tape.
Ellie currently plays Kimmy Schmidt in the Netflix comedy Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. The show was created by Tina Fey and Robert Carlock. She also voices the character, "Crackle," in the Disney animated series, Sofia the First.
Ellie Kemper TEDTalk: Women Are Funny
Ellie Kemper Works the Red Carpet
After charming the world in The Office, Bridesmaids and 21 Jump Street (not to mention as the first-ever guest host of The Ellen DeGeneres Show), Ellie Kemper has scored her own sitcom, .Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, created for her by Tina… Read more
When it comes to Ellie Kemper, Tina Fey is a big fan. "She's just delightful," Fey tells People of the actress who stars in her new Netflix comedy Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. "She is so intelligent and energetic and adorable."… Read more
Ellie Kemper, the star of Tina Fey and Robert Carlock’s Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, is having quite a month. With seemingly effortless aplomb, Kemper has found fast, widespread success by playing an upbeat, happy-go-lucky ingenue, ready to grab life by the horns and… Read more
"I think that [Kimmy] came from this horrible, unspeakable experience, and she is tough like a young girl might be tough. She is all pinks and candy and yellows but still very powerful."… Read more
Vanderbilt University had the pleasure and honor to host Ellie Kemper for a speaking engagement. From the minute she stepped on campus she was a delight to be around. She was very hospitable to all the 100+ students she interacted with during the informal reception. Once she hit the stage the crowd was laughing and enjoying every word out of her mouth. Her infectious personality and wit stole the hearts of the audience and they wanted more. The sold out crowd of 1,100 enjoyed every minute of Ellie and they are still talking about it. If you are thinking about bringing her to your campus, what are you waiting for? Hash-brown no Filter.Vanderbilt University
Ellie Kemper was incredible! The event truly could not have been more flawless. Ellie was hands-down the nicest, most humble and genuine person I have ever had the pleasure of meeting, and the 30+ OUAB members/faculty who got to interact with her unanimously agree. She was super easy to work with and her humor was incredibly refreshing for an audience that expected rowdy jokes, instead received the same high standard of comedy with a new twist of "girl next door" hilarity. Honestly, my absolute favorite event I have attended and the audience was completely hooked on her. I cannot say enough good things about Ellie Kemper! Thank you for everything!The Ohio State University