PROFILE
Name:
Kerri Kenney
Birth Date:
1970/1/20
Birth Place:
Westport, Connecticut
Height:
5' 10" (1.78 m)
Nationality:
American
Famous for:
Her role on the MTV sketch comedy series “The State” (1993-1995)
BIOGRAPHY
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Reno 911

Background:

“What I constantly hear from people is, 'Wow, you’re not as retarded and ugly as you are on TV.' Which is, you know, that’s what you want to hear.” Kerri Kenney

First gaining attention as the only female member on the MTV sketch comedy series “The State” (1993-1995), created, written, directed, edited by and starring the comedy group of the same name, American comedian, writer, actress and singer Kerri Kenney, also known as Kerri Kenney-Silver, has since built a fruitful partnership with The State veterans David Wain, Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant. In 1997, she was handed a CableACE nomination for her portrayal of Agatha Laupin on Comedy Central's “Viva Variety” (1997-1999), which she co-wrote with Lennon and Garant. However, she is perhaps best known as Deputy Trudy Wiegel on the high rated show “Reno 911” (Comedy Central, 2003-present), which she starred in and created with Lennon and Garant. Kenney also acted in the David Wain directed/written movies “Wet Hot American Summer” (2001), “The Ten” (2007, as Bernice Jaffe) and “Role Models” (2008) and in “Reno 911!: Miami” (2007) and “Balls of Fury” (2007), both helmed by Garant. On her own, Kerri had a regular role on the short-lived series “The Ellen Show” (2001-2002), a recurring role in CBS' “Still Standing” (2002-2006) and guest spots in such shows as “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” “The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn” and “Pushing Daisies.” On the movie front, she appeared with Will Keenan in several movies, including “Love God” (1997), “Terror Firmer” (1999) and “Waiting” (2000), with Paris Hilton in “National Lampoon's 'Pledge This'” (2006), and David Koechner in “The Comebacks” (2007). Also a voice-over actress, Kenney has contributed vocals for a number of TV animated shows, including “Buzz Lightyear of Star Command” (2000) and “Kim Possible” (2002-2007). Kenney is a former lead singer and bassist of the female rock group Cake Like, which released three albums during 1994 to 1999.

Moviegoers will see her play Miss Hancock in the upcoming Sandra Bullock comedy vehicle “All About Steve” (2009), which was directed by Phil Traill.

Kenney and her cinematographer husband, Steven V. Silver, have been married since 2004. They have one son together (born in 2005). The green eyed, brown haired beauty is friends with actor Paul Reubens. She is also a good banjo player.


Staple Players

Childhood and Family:

Kerri Kenney was born on January 20, 1970, in Westport, Connecticut, to voice actor Larry Kenney, and Carol. Her father provides various voices on the Don Imus radio show, including Ross Perot, Andy Rooney, and General Patton, and is most famous for voicing Lion-O in the “Thundercats” cartoon. She has a brother named Tanner and a sister named Ashley.

While in school, Kerri performed in the play “You're a Grand Old Flag.” She served as the president of her high school acting group, the Staple Players. As for college, she attended New York University.

On June 12, 2004, Kerri tied the knot with Steven V. Silver, a photography director for TV shows. She gave birth to a son on August 6, 2005.


Viva Variety

Career:

While attending N.Y.U., Kerri Kenney joined forces with actress Nina Hellman and fashion designer Jody Seifert to form a group called Cake Like. Originally a joke band, Cake Like went on to record and release albums with Kenney playing bass guitar and singing lead vocals. In 1994, the all-female group launched a debut album called “Delicious” under John Zorn's Avant label. The group would release two more albums, “Bruiser Queen” (1997) and “Goodbye, So What” (1999), before eventually disbanding in the late 1990s when Kenney moved to Los Angeles.

Kenney started her comedy career by joining the comedy group The State, which was founded by Todd Holoubek at N.Y.U. in the late 80's. The troupe started performing locally and on campus before hitting the small screen in 1992 with “You Wrote It, You Watch It,” a comedy show that aired on MTV with Jon Steward serving as the show's host. Along with The State members, Kenney wrote and played various characters on the series.

Kenney and The State enjoyed true prominence when they got their own sketch comedy show on MTV in 1993. “The State” became a favorite among its target teenage viewers and ran for three seasons until July 1995. After the half-hour series left the airwaves, Kenny and her group were reunited in a TV special for CBS, “The State's 43rd Annual All-Star Halloween Special” (1995), which marked the final broadcast of “The State.” CBS dropped their plan to develop “The State” because of racism issues.

Although “The State” show no longer existed, Kenny and fellow troupe members stayed close and would later work together in various projects. In 1997, she co-wrote and starred with The State in “Viva Variety,” a satirical European variety shows that was broadcasted on Comedy Central from April 1997 to December 1999. She was nominated for a 1997 CableACE in the category of Best Actress in a Comedy Series for her work on the show. Also in 1997, Kenney appeared on the wide screen with the supporting role of Darla in “Love God,” an independent comedy directed and written by Frank Grow and starring Will Keenan. She then appeared in the short “Orange Quarters” and was reunited with Will Keenan in “Hoofboy,” an 18-minute length short written, directed, and starring Keenan (both 1998), and the Lloyd Kaufman directed feature “Terror Firmer” (1999).

Following in the footsteps of her father, Kenney made her debut as a voice artist when she provided the voice of Gaia in a 1998 episode of Disney's “Hercules” named “Hercules and the Prince of Thrace.” She followed it up with the multiple episode role of Sally/Gravitina in the ABC animation series “Buzz Lightyear of Star Command” (2000). Later voice roles included Muffin Lady/Mother in “Clerks: The Cartoon” (2 episodes, 2001), Bank Teller/Invader Ten in “Invader ZIM” (3 episodes, 2001-2002) and Bebes in “Kim Possible” (5 episodes, 2002-2007).

Meanwhile, Kenney teamed up with Michael Ian Black, Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon to star in the made-for-TV comedy “Hey Neighbor” (2000), written and executive produced by the latter three. After working in Disney's “The Weekenders,” she costarred with Will Keenan in Patrick Hasson's award winning independent film “Waiting” (2000) and had an unaccredited part n the cult comedy “Wet Hot American Summer” (2001), directed by David Wain and co-written by Wein and Michael Showalter (another “The State” veteran).

Kenney hit prime time television when she landed a regular role on the CBS situation comedy “The Ellen Show,” starring Ellen DeGeneres. In the series, she played Pam in 16 episodes from September 2001 to 2002. In 2002, she began the reoccurring role of Marion Fitzsimmons on five episodes of the CBS award winning, but now defunct, comedy series “Still Standing,” a role she held until 2006. Kenney also made guest appearances in TV shows such as “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and “The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn” (both 2004).

However, the Connecticut native did not enjoy another big break on the small screen until she rejoined Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant to create and star in the police parody series “Reno 911!” Debuting on Comedy Central on July 23, 2003, the show began its sixth season in April 2009. In the series, Kenney portrays Deputy Trudy Wiegel, alongside Lennon and Garant as Lieutenant Jim Dangle and Deputy Travis Junior, respectively. The show spawned a feature film in 2007 titled “Reno 911!: Miami,” with Kenney reprising her role of Deputy Trudy Wiegel. The film was directed by Robert Ben Garant.

In 2006, Kenney offered the notable supporting role of Kathy Johnson in “National Lampoon's Pledge This,” which starred Paris Hilton. She followed it up with a performance in the David Wain/Ken Marino written comedy “The Ten” (2007), playing Bernice Jaffe. Costars in the film included Paul Rudd, Adam Brody, Jon Hamm, Winona Ryder, Ron Silver, Jessica Alba, Oliver Platt and other The State members. Kenney was then seen as a showgirl in the Robert Ben Garant directed “Balls of Fury” (2007, starred Christopher Walken and Dan Fogler) and as a sports judge in Tom Brody's “The Comebacks” (2007, starred David Koechner and Matthew Lawrences). She then portrayed Lynette in David Wain's “Role Models” (2008) and appeared as Alexandria in “Oh Oh Oh... It's Magic” (2008), an episode of the Bryan Fuller created “Pushing Daisies.”

Kenney recently completed filming “All About Steve,” a comedy written by Kim Barker and directed by Phil Traill. The film is slated to be released on September 4, 2009. Cast as Miss Hancock, she will appear with Sandra Bullock, Thomas Haden Church, Bradley Cooper, Howard Hesseman and Beth Grant.


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