Although many comedy stars were launched from "Saturday Night Live," Michaela Watkins is a rare example of an actress and comedian whose best work came after she was fired from her short tenure on the...
Syracuse, New York, USA
|Una Hora Por Favora||2013||Actor||n/a||20137|
|The New Adventures of Old Christine||2009 2004 - 2009||Actor||Lucy||20097|
|Modern Family||2013 2008 - 2013||Actor||Susan||20137|
|Private Practice||2012 2006 - 2012||Actor||Laura Martin||20127|
|Enlightened||2012 2010 - 2012||Actor||Janice||20127|
|New Girl||2014 2010 - 2014||Actor||Gina||20147|
|The $25 Million Hoax||2004 2003 - 2004||Actor||Fashion Stylist||20047|
|Anger Management||2012 2011 - 2012||Actor||Lisa||20127|
|Bent||2011 2010 - 2011||Actor||n/a||20117|
|Modern Men||2005 2004 - 2005||Actor||Amanda||20057|
|In A World...||2013||Actor||Dani Tarlow||20137|
|Californication||2013 2006 - 2013||Actor||n/a||20137|
|The Back-Up Plan||2010||Actor||Mona||20107|
|Children's Hospital||2012 2009 - 2012||Actor||Lacey Briggs||20127|
|NTSF:SD:SUV||2012 2010 - 2012||Actor||Beth||20127|
|Key & Peele||2014 2010 - 2014||Actor||n/a||20147|
|Eli Stone||2008 2006 - 2008||Actor||Judge Leigh||20087|
|Medium||2010 2003 - 2010||Actor||Clerk||20107|
|Robot Chicken||2013 2003 - 2013||Voice||n/a||20136|
|Malcolm in the Middle||2005 1998 - 2005||Actor||Receptionist||20057|
|The Prankster||2013||Actor||Miss LaFleur||20137|
|Charmed||2005 1997 - 2005||Actor||Andrea||20057|
|Frank TV||2007 2006 - 2007||Actor||n/a||20077|
|Saturday Night Live||2013 1974 - 2013||Actor||n/a||20137|
|Grey's Anatomy||2013 2003 - 2013||Actor||n/a||20137|
|Kroll Show||2014 2011 - 2014||Actor||Bella's Mom||20147|
|MAD||2012 2009 - 2012||Voice||n/a||20126|
|Curb Your Enthusiasm||2010 1999 - 2010||Actor||Saundra||20107|
|They Came Together||2014||Actor||Habermeyer||20147|
|Benched||2013 2012 - 2013||Executive Producer||n/a||1|
|Benched||2013 2012 - 2013||Writer||n/a||1|
|Co-starring role on "Trophy Wife"|
|Joined "Saturday Night Live" cast|
|Recurring role on "The New Adventures of Old Christine"|
Although many comedy stars were launched from "Saturday Night Live," Michaela Watkins is a rare example of an actress and comedian whose best work came after she was fired from her short tenure on the show. She was let go after only a season on SNL, and then went on to work steadily in both film and television before landing a co-starring role on the sitcom "Trophy Wife."
Michaela Watkins was born in Syracuse, NY and raised in the tony Boston suburb of Wellesley, MA. After graduating from Boston University, Watkins worked in regional theater, primarily in the Pacific Northwest, before moving to Los Angeles. Her first film role came in the indie comedy-drama "Inconceivable" (1998), an ensemble work about couples having fertility issues. While in Los Angeles, Watkins began studying with the storied improv comedy troupe The Groundlings and worked regularly in local theater. During this era, she made occasional appearances in guest roles on TV series ranging from the procedural drama "Without A Trace" (CBS 2002-09) to the raucous family sitcom "Malcolm in the Middle" (Fox 2000-06). In 2008, she made her first tentative step into regular TV work, shooting a pilot for an American adaptation of the popular British sketch comedy series "Man Stroke Woman" (BBC Three 2005-07), but the series was not picked up. Later that year, she was hired for the 34th season of "Saturday Night Live" (NBC 1975- ) as a new addition to the show's junior Featured Players rotation, alongside third-generation comedian Abby Elliott.
Watkins primarily worked as an impressionist on "Saturday Night Live," with her most popular recurring impersonation being a perpetually embarrassed Hoda Kotb, who became increasingly uncomfortable with the camera-hogging antics of her "Today" (NBC 1952- ) costar Kathie Lee Gifford (Kristen Wiig). Watkins also had a recurring character on the show's "Weekend Update" segment: barely verbal blogger Angie Tempura, whose mumbled takedowns of celebrities she deemed uncool were punctuated by her slurred catchphrase "B*tch, please." However, only weeks prior to the premiere of the show's 2009-10 season, it was announced that Watkins and her fellow featured player Casey Wilson were fired from "Saturday Night Live." After her firing, Watkins said that executive producer Lorne Michaels' explanation to her was that he felt her talents were better suited to television sitcoms.
Watkins did move directly from "Saturday Night Live" to a recurring role on the hit sitcom "The New Adventures of Old Christine" (CBS 2006-2010) as Lucy, the neurotic patient turned girlfriend of therapist Matthew Kimble (Hamish Linklater), which she followed with another recurring role, on the cult favorite "Enlightened" (HBO 2011-13). But she focused primarily on strengthening her sketch comedy chops, becoming a key member of the main company of The Groundlings upon her return to Los Angeles. Her first major movie role came in the hit romantic comedy "The Back-Up Plan" (2010), in which she played the sardonic friend of main character Zoe (Jennifer Lopez). This was followed by a memorable role in the ensemble comedy "Wanderlust" (2012) starring Paul Rudd and Jennifer Aniston and written and directed by comedy veteran David Wain. In 2013, she took the sitcom path Michaels suggested with a co-starring role on "Trophy Wife" (ABC 2013- ) as Jackie, the second of two ex-wives involved in the complicated new marriage of Peter (Bradley Whitford) and Kate (Malin Akerman).
|Married Fred Kramer, executive director of Jewish World Watch, in July 2013|
|"The only explanation I got from [Lorne Michaels] - and he's not known to say things just to make people feel better - was that he felt deep down that I should have my own show. And I agreed. SNL was a dream come true for me. It was a fantastic year. I don't have any regrets." -- Entertainment Weekly, September 4, 2009|
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