Jill Talley is an American actress, voice actress and improv comedian who is best recognized for working on HBO's critically acclaimed cult classic sketch comedy show 'Mr. Show with Bob and David'. She voiced Karen Plankton on the Nickelodeon animated series 'SpongeBob SquarePants' and in its film productions; Sarah Dubois and various other characters on Adult Swim's 'The Boondocks'; and Nina, Gretchen and Ms. Mucus on 'Camp Lazlo'. She also provided voice for various other series including 'The Powerpuff Girls', 'Stripperella', 'American Dad!', 'Skylanders Academy', 'The Loud House', 'Wacky Races', and 'Puppy Dog Pals'. She has acted in films like 'The Ladies Man' and 'Run Ronnie Run', and had guest appearances on television shows such as 'Ellen', 'Seinfeld', 'The Drew Carey Show', 'The Sarah Silverman Program', and 'Eagleheart'. She is scheduled to appear on the upcoming untitled 'Wonder Park' TV show in 2019.
Rise to Stardom
Jill Talley began performing improv comedy in Chicago at the Improv Institute and The Second City during her twenties. She started her acting career at the famed Second City Main Stage in Chicago, where she worked alongside actors such as Chris Farley, Tim Meadows, Steve Carrell, and Amy Sedaris. In 1992, she and her future husband Tom Kenny were both cast in the short-lived cult hit FOX Network sketch comedy show 'The Edge', in which she appeared opposite Jennifer Aniston. From 1995 to 1998, both of them were regular cast members of HBO's popular sketch comedy show 'Mr. Show with Bob and David'. They were already married when in May 1996 they appeared together in the video for 'Tonight, Tonight' by The Smashing Pumpkins as a married couple who take a honeymoon on the moon.
Her other appearances during the 1990s include 'Ellen', 'Seinfeld', 'The Weird Al Show', 'The Drew Carey Show', and the 1998 comedy film 'Sour Grapes'. She also did voice acting for TV series and shorts including 'Rocko's Modern Life', 'Rugrats', 'Cow and Chicken' and 'Rocket Power'. However, she became particularly popular for voicing the character of Karen Plankton on the Nickelodeon animated series 'SpongeBob SquarePants' starting in 1999, and continues to do so even two decades later. She has lent her voice to the character on 90 episodes of the series, apart from the 2004 film 'The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie' and the 2015 film 'The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water', and would reprise the role in the upcoming 2020 film 'The SpongeBob Movie: It's a Wonderful Sponge'.
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In the early 2000s, Jill Talley made a name for herself as a voice actor and provided voices for television series, such as 'The Powerpuff Girls' (2000-03, 2016-18), 'Clifford's Puppy Days' (2003), 'The Animated Adventures of Bob & Doug McKenzie' (2003), 'Stripperella' (2003-04), 'The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy' (2004-05), 'Duck Dodgers' (2004-05), 'What's New, Scooby-Doo?' (2005), 'Codename: Kids Next Door' (2005), and 'American Dad!' (2005-2019). She became well known for voicing the characters Nina, Gretchen and Ms. Mucus on Cartoon Network's 'Camp Lazlo' between 2005 and 2008, and for voicing Sarah Dubois and various other characters on Adult Swim's 'The Boondocks' from 2005 to 2014.
Later on, she went on to voice act for series such as 'WordGirl', 'Frog in a Suit', 'The Problem Solverz', 'Futurama', 'Adventure Time', 'Family Guy', 'Plastic Man', 'Rick and Morty', 'TripTank', 'W/ Bob and David', 'Skylanders Academy', 'Uncle Grandpa', 'Robot Chicken', 'The Loud House', 'Wacky Races', and 'Puppy Dog Pals'. Her voice credits also include video games such as 'La Pucelle: Tactics' (2002), 'Final Fantasy X-2' (2003), 'Arc the Lad: Twilight of the Spirits' (2003), 'EverQuest II' (2004), 'SpongeBob SquarePants: Lights, Camera, Pants!' (2005), 'Final Fantasy XII' (2006), 'SpongeBob SquarePants: Creature from the Krusty Krab' (2006), 'Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops' (2006), 'SpongeBob's Truth or Square' (2009), 'Final Fantasy XIII' (2009), 'SpongeBob SquarePants: Plankton's Robotic Revenge' (2013) and 'Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII' (2013). Some of her regular television appearances were on shows like 'The Sarah Silverman Program', 'Eagleheart', and 'Listen Out Loud Podcast'.
She is also known for acting in several comedy films; she appeared as Candy in 'The Ladies Man' in 2000, as Tammy in 'Run Ronnie Run', and in 2003, played a small role in 'Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd'. She and her husband, Tom Kenny, made a small cameo in the superhero comedy film 'Sky High' in 2005. She also had minor roles in the films 'Little Miss Sunshine' (2006) and 'World's Greatest Dad' (2009).
Family & Personal Life
Jillian Ann Talley was born on December 19, 1962 in Chicago, Illinois, United States. Her father was a fire fighter.
She met Tom Kenny on the sets of their show 'The Edge' in 1992 and they got married in 1995. They have two children together: Mack, born in 1997, and Nora, born in 2003.