Abby Elliott Biography (1987-)

Growing up with a famous parent can be both a good thing and bad thing for kids trying to break into entertainment. On one hand, you’ve got connections that regular folk just don’t have. Then, on the other hand, you’ve got to work that much harder to make a name for yourself beyond “that guy’s daughter.”

This was the quandary faced by . She was born in New York City to mom Paula and dad Chris just in time to see her old man’s career take off. First came his quasi-successful sitcom Get a Life, which was followed by his cult classic feature film Cabin Boy — not exactly Cheers or The Godfather, but they provided a comfortable enough upbringing for Abby.

If your father was a cop, and his father a cop, chances are you’ll end up walking the beat. So, Abby followed in the footsteps of her grandfather (Bob Elliott was a famous comic way back in the day) and her dad (the aforementioned Chris Elliott), and ended up in comedy. Her first gig was with the Upright Citizen’s Brigade, a comedy troupe founded in New York City by SNL veteran Amy Poehler. Comedy was clearly in her blood, and she excelled.

Anxious to capitalize on her famous lineage and rising stock, Abby Elliott shuffled off to L.A. There, she did voice work on Mike Judge’s long-running King of the Hill and joined the L.A. chapter of the Upright Citizen’s Brigade. People began to take notice, including David Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel and Conan O’Brien, whom all invited Abby onto their shows. She still wasn’t old enough to drink, but Abby Elliott’s career was taking off.

Chances are Saturday Night Live producers saw the YouTube clips of Abby impersonating Kirsten Dunst and Angelina Jolie. Those performances (and, perhaps her relationship to Chris Elliott) prompted Lorne Michaels to hire Abby as a mid-season replacement for new-mother Amy Poehler.

She’s got some big shoes to fill, but if her few early skits are any indication, Abby Elliott’s future looks bright. And that’s before you consider her upcoming gig voicing characters for Mike Judge’s new prime-time cartoon The Goode Family. I guess you could say life is ”goode” for Abby Elliott.

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