Molly Shannon has become one of Hollywood’s most sought-after talents on television and the silver screen. She spent six seasons as a member of the repertory company on “Saturday Night Live,” primarily known for the eclectic characters she created, such as Mary Katherine Gallagher and Sally O’Malley. She is also praised for her parodies of Courtney Love, Liza Minnelli, Monica Lewinsky, and Meredith Vieira. In 2000 she received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program. Prior to joining SNL, Shannon appeared at The Up Front Comedy Theater in Los Angeles in “The Rob and Molly Show,” an improvisational show she co-wrote with Rob Muir. Last fall, Shannon made her Broadway debut replacing Tony Award winner Katie Finneran in the hit musical “Promises, Promises” alongside Sean Hayes and Kristin Chenoweth.
Shannon was featured as a recurring guest star on FOX’s smash-hit series “Glee” where she traded barbs with Jane Lynch’s prickly Sue Sylvester. Shannon was also included in the “all-star” group of female SNL alumnae who came back this year for Betty White’s Emmy-winning hosting gig where Shannon reprised her classic character Terry Rialto of public radio’s “Delicious Dish.” Most recently, Shannon was seen on the big screen in director Jake Kasdan’s comedy “Bad Teacher” alongside Cameron Diaz, Jason Segel and Justin Timberlake. Shannon’s other film credits include “Superstar” portraying everybody’s favorite Catholic schoolgirl Mary Katherine Gallagher; Sofia Coppola’s “Marie Antoinette;” “Year of the Dog;” “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby;” “Evan Almighty;” “Igor;” Keenen Ivory Wayans’ “Little Man;” “Scary Movie 4;” Ron Howard’s “How the Grinch Stole Christmas;” “A Night at the Roxbury;” “Analyze This;” “Happiness;” “Never Been Kissed;” “The Good Boy!;” “Serendipity;” “Osmosis Jones;” “The Santa Clause 2″ and the cult comedy classic “Wet Hot American Summer.”
On television, Shannon has been seen in the U.S. version of the popular Australian sitcom “Kath and Kim,” as well as “Cracking Up,” “Will & Grace,” “Sex and the City,” “Seinfeld,” “Pushing Daisies” and “30 Rock” among many others. Shannon’s television movies include “More of Me,” “12 Days of Christmas Eve,” and “The Music Man.” This fall, Abrams Books for Young Readers, an imprint of ABRAMS, will release “Tilly the Trickster,” Molly’s first children’s picture book. The book tells the tale of Tilly, “a mischief maker of the best kind—one who learns her lesson but never lets the reader stop having fun.” Born in Shaker Heights, Ohio, Molly earned a BFA in drama from New York University’s prestigious Tisch School of the Arts. She currently lives in California with her husband and two children.
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