She’s weird and we love it!
Jenny Slate is an actress, author, and comedian. She started performing comedy with her best friend Gabe Liedman after meeting him at Columbia University in 2000. They became comedy duo ‘Gabe & Jenny.’ In 2008, they then began doing free stand up shows in Williamsburg with Max Silvestri called Big Terrific. Around that time, Slate started performing a one-woman show called Jenny Slate: Dead Millionaire at Uprights Citizens Brigade Theatre (UCBT).
In 2009, Jenny Slate appeared in sketches on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and the television shows Girls, Bob’s Burgers, Important Things with Demitri Martin, and others. During this time, Slate was hired on Saturday Night Live for one season. In her first episode, she accidentally cursed during her first sketch “Biker Chit Chat.”
In 2010, Jenny Slate co-wrote and voiced the viral video Marcel the Shell with Shoes On. She also played the role of Mona-Lisa Saperstein in Parks and Recreation. In 2014, Slate played the leading role in the indie film Obvious Child, which tackles issues surrounding pregnancy and abortion. For this performance, Jenny Slate received the Critics Choice Award for Best Actress in a Comedy.
Jenny Slate had recurring roles in the sketch show Kroll Show until it ended in 2015. A year later, Slate voiced the sheep, Dawn Bellwether, in Zootopia and Gidget in The Secret Life of Pets.
Throughout her childhood, Jenny Slate grew up in a literal haunted house in Massachusetts. She and her father co-wrote a book detailing their experience living there, called About the House. In 2019, Jenny released a book of essays called Little Wierds. Her first stand-up special, Stage Fright, was released to Netflix. Slate also currently voices the character of Missy Foreman-Greenwald on the show Big Mouth.
Jenny Slate is truly a wonderful performer. Above all, she is someone who is incredibly unique and not afraid to be herself. She says exactly what is on her mind and is not afraid to express her emotions. I have been a fan of Slate for a long time and have seen her Big Terrific comedy show alongside Silvestri and Liedman. One time, she came on stage and said something along the lines of “I’m too sad to perform comedy right now so I’m going to read a story.” Then she proceeded to read a story she wrote about a flower, while openly crying through it. It was one of the most beautiful and authentic moments of live entertainment I have ever seen.
If you want to get a taste of the real and delicate Jenny Slate, then I highly recommend you listen to her podcast episode of WTF with Marc Maron. She’s honest, genuine, funny, weird, and kind. It is simply impossible not to love her.
If you enjoy her weird and quirky attitude, enjoy our collection of the best Jenny Slate quotes and deeply hilarious jokes by her.
1. She knows who she is.
“I’m a turtleneck as a person.” — Jenny Slate
2. Let’s do that.
“It looks like I’m just going to keep getting really really happy and sad and embarrassed and excited and disappointed for the rest of my life, so let’s do that.” — Jenny Slate
3. Jenny has been through heartbreak.
“When you get separated from somebody that you actually care about, it is the destruction of a belief system. That is really, really sad.” — Jenny Slate
4. Down with the patriarchy.
“I’m super sad the patriarchy ruined the planet.” — Jenny Slate
5. Just keep trying.
“I take it as a sign that it is all right to be alive as I am, just as I am, and to keep trying.” — Jenny Slate, Little Weirds
6. Men don’t have time to be funny.
“I don’t think men have time to be funny because they have to make all of our rules about what we can do with our vaginas.” — Jenny Slate
7. There are many sides to Jenny.
“There’s a lot of different parts to me, so it makes total sense to me that I would do a big TV show or studio movie and then do a free comedy show the next day. They both feel equally important to me.” — Jenny Slate
8. Love deeply.
“To have to kill even one of my hearts to match up with you is simply not worth it to me after all that has happened.” — Jenny Slate, Little Weirds
9. Duh, she’s a feminist.
“Am I a feminist? F–k yeah, I’m a feminist. I think that unfortunately, people who are maybe threatened by feminism think that it’s about setting your bra on fire and being aggressive, and I think that’s really wrong and really dangerous.” — Jenny Slate
10. Do things that bring you love.
“There was a while when I got really bad stage fright and I basically felt…I was incredibly angry. I felt like everything had been taken away from me and it was at that point that I realized how much doing stand up reminds me of my self-love and curiosity about myself and the love of other people because I don’t go on stage to dominate.” — Jenny Slate
11. She doesn’t have regrets.
“I have no regrets. The best thing to happen to me was for Lorne Michaels to hire me and fire me.” — Jenny Slate
12. Let your creative energy run free.
“I feel a lot of life in me and a lot of creative energy and I think it’s better suited somewhere it can run free.” — Jenny Slate
13. Get excited over a true connection.
“I feel like when I go on stage I feel so excited at the prospect that there will be a true connection.” — Jenny Slate
14. Know the difference.
“You have to be really careful to watch out for the difference between banding together, and being grouped together by people who don’t understand you.” — Jenny Slate
15. Be kind.
“It’s much better to do things to remind yourself that you’re kind than to prove that you’re important.” — Jenny Slate
16. Self-care is important.
“A lot of times what’s satisfying to me in comedy is when a woman successfully does self-care.” — Jenny Slate
17. Jenny works hard.
“I just want to work hard. I love that feeling.” — Jenny Slate
18. She’s tired of sinking down to a lower place.
“I am tired of sinking down to a lower place to be with men. I am tired of throwing a tarp over some of my personality so that the shape of my identity suits some gross man a little better for whatever shitty things he needs to do in order to keep his boring identity erect and supreme.” — Jenny Slate, Little Weirds
19. Make sure you are treated well.
“That was something that I learned: It’s actually okay if the way that I do my best is when I’m treated well.” — Jenny Slate
20. Sometimes you are your own worst enemy.
“When I would go on stage I would start to feel that the eyes that watching me weren’t kind. And it took me a while to realize that those eyes were my own eyes.” — Jenny Slate
21. Nightgowns are cool.
“I think the main thing that affected my comedy was that my dad slept in a nightgown for most of my childhood. And it was just very funny every single night and made me realize that laughter is fun and nightgowns are cool.” — Jenny Slate
22. Be natural.
“I don’t try to do anything. I think the moment that I’m like, ‘Oh, I have to be this way or that way’ is the moment that I become sad, or maybe an asshole. So I just try to be myself and put out what is most natural. But I think I am – I mean, I’ve seen a lot, been through a lot. But something remains sort of naïve within me. And I just try to nurture that.” — Jenny Slate
23. Different stories have the right to exist.
“There are so many different stories. You can choose to tell them, or not, but they certainly have the right to exist.” — Jenny Slate
24. Jenny feels the joy of being alive.
‘The thing that bubbles up the most when I’m around other people is that I feel the joy of being alive. But I also am a very sensitive person and have many heavier feelings. It can be tiresome after a while to only do comedy, especially after you grow as a person. It starts to feel like you’re playing an older version of yourself.” — Jenny Slate
25. Replace the front row with focus.
“I learned that I was able to focus. I’ve always thought of myself as somebody who is like either it’s there or it isn’t there. I really worked at this, and I focused, and I was able to replace self-doubt with focus. That was something new for me to say self-doubt is there, but it does not need to be in the front row. You can ask it to take a back seat and replace that front row seat with focus.” — Jenny Slate
26. Her comedic style is sort of tangy.
“I think my comedic style is at once bashful and explosive. It’s a little bit perverted, and a little bit ladylike and old-fashioned, which is a great mix. Sort of tangy.” — Jenny Slate
27. Infidelity is not freedom.
“Infidelity is not freedom. It’s a momentary respite from stressors that are going to come back.” — Jenny Slate