Abby Elliott is an American actress and comedian. She is famous for her
four season stint on the popular sketch comedy show “Saturday
Night Live” from November 2008 to May 2012. She becomes the
youngest female cast member of “SNL,” joining the show at
the age of 21. Abby had a small but memorable role as Joy in Ivan
Reitman's comedy film, “No Strings Attached” (2011).
Abby reportedly dated fellow “Saturday Night Live” cast member Fred Armisen from August 2010 until September 2011.
Childhood and Family:
Abigail Elliott was born on June 16, 1987, in New York City. She was
raised in Wilton, Connecticut. Abby is the daughter of actor/comedian
Chris Elliott and Paula Niedert, a talent coordinator. Her grandfather
is veteran comic Bob Elliott from the “Bob and Ray Show”.
She has a sister named Bridey Elliott.
Abby was educated at Our Lady of Fatima School in Wilton and Immaculate
High School in Danbury, Connecticut. During her school days, she
enjoyed playing in school plays and musicals. In 2005, Abby
attended Marymount Manhattan College in NYC, but dropped out
during the first semester.
No Strings Attached
After taking comedy classes at The Groundlings, Abby Elliott started
her career as a member of the comedy troupe Upright Citizen's Brigade
Theatre (UCBT) in Los Angeles. While at UCBT, she often performed with
The Midnight Show sketch troupe. She has also sometimes performed
comedy with her younger sister Bridey. In 2006, Abby appeared with her
father Chris Elliott in the comedy pilots “You've Reached the
Elliotts” and “Chrissy: Plain & Simple.” She lent
her voice for episodes of “Minoriteam” (2006) and
“King of the Hill” (2008).
Abby's big break came when she joined the cast of “Saturday Night
Live” midway through the 2008-2009 season (season 34) in November
2008, after Amy Poehler departed the show. She becomes the
third generation of her family to have been featured on
“SNL.” Her father was a “SNL” cast member
during the 1994-1995 season (season 20), while her grandfather
co-starred on a Christmas episode in the 1978–1979 season (season
4). She quit after four seasons. During her tenure, Abby expertly
impersonated many celebrities including Angelina Jolie, Anna Faris,
Chloe Sevigny, Joan Cusack, Jamie Lynn Spears, Kristin Cavallari, Marie
Osmond, Rachel Maddow, and Nancy Grace.
While working on “SNL,” Abby took other gigs, like
appearing in many of “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon”
sketches during 2009-2011. She also made her feature film debut as Joy
in “No Strings Attached” (2011), a romantic comedy flick
starring Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher and directed by Ivan
Reitman. The same year, she played the supporting role of Monica in the
independent comedy “High Road,” which won the prize for
Best Director at the 2011 Newport Beach Film Festival. She appeared as
Channon in the episode “Balls! The Music Video” (2011) of