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Molly Shannon

Molly Shannon has become one of Hollywood’s most sought-after talents on television and the silver screen.  

Shannon 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, Helen Madden and Terry Rialto. 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. Additionally, Molly was awarded the 2017 Independent Spirit Award for “Best Supporting Actress” for her performance in the highly acclaimed drama "Other People," written and directed by SNL writer, Chris Kelly. Shannon received rave reviews for her portrayal of Joanne, a mother who is struggling with terminal cancer whose son moves home to take care of her. 

Shannon recently reunited with Chris Kelly and fellow former SNL head writer, Sarah Schneider, in their hilarious new comedy, “The Other Two,” which was picked up for a second season by Comedy Central. Molly plays a Hollywood hungry stage mom to an overnight internet star and his two older siblings who suddenly find themselves in his shadow. Molly was recently seen on the third and final season of the popular HBO comedy, “Divorce,” opposite Sarah Jessica Parker and Thomas Haden Church. Shannon recently reprised her role of Val Bassett on NBC’s revival of “Will & Grace.” Her performance resulted in an Emmy nomination for “Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series.” She also voiced the character of Murna in the Netflix animated series, “Spy Kids: Mission Critical.” 

Molly recently wrapped production on the crime drama, "Promising Young Woman" with Carey Mulligan and Bo Burnham and this fall she will be seen in a hilarious cameo role in the film, "Jay and Silent Bob Reboot." Earlier this year, she starred as the titular role in the independent comedy, "Wild Nights with Emily," which premiered at the 2018 SXSW Film Festival. The film focuses on an unknown side to Emily Dickinson, specifically her romantic relationship with her childhood friend and later sister-in-law, Susan Gilbert. Molly was also seen in Tamara Jenkins’ Netflix original film, "Private Life" alongside Paul Giamatti and Kathryn Hahn. The film premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival to rave reviews. Additionally, she reprised her role as Wanda in the animated comedy, "Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation" and was recently seen on the Netflix comedy film "Sextuplets." 

Additional television credits include the “Wet Hot American Summer” miniseries for Netflix, an eight-episode series which served as a prequel to the cult comedy classic film of the same name (that Shannon also starred in); a guest arc on the HBO series, “Enlightened” for which she received an Emmy nomination for ‘Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series.’ She also made several guest appearances on “Raising Hope,” CBS’s “Life in Pieces,” HBO’s comedy “Getting On,” the ABC Rebel Wilson comedy, “Super Fun Night,” the IFC mini-series “The Spoils of Babylon” alongside Tobey Maguire and Kristen Wiig, “Up All Night,” “The Middle;” Lisa Kudrow’s “Web Therapy;” a recurring guest starring role on the Fox hit “Glee,” the TBS animated series “Neighbors from Hell,” 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. Her television movies include “More of Me,” “12 Days of Christmas Eve” and “The Music Man.”  

Film credits include the comedy "Half Magic" directed by Heather Graham; "The Little Hours," an ensemble comedy about a young servant who takes refuge at a convent full of emotionally unstable nuns which also stars Alison Brie, Dave Franco, Aubrey Plaza, John C. Reilly and Fred Armisen; "Fun Mom Dinner," a comedy that follows four moms (played by Shannon, Toni Collette, Katie Aselton and Bridget Everett) who get together for a harmless ‘fun mom dinner’ despite having nothing in common except their kids’ preschool class; William H. Macy’s comedy "The Layover;" the independent feature film "Miles" from director Nathan Adloff; "We Don’t Belong Here," a drama about a crumbling family that also stars Catherine Keener and Anton Yelchin; "Me, Earl and the Dying Girl," an independent drama which won the Grand Jury Prize as well as the Audience Award at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival; the American zombie comedy, "Life After Beth;" the 5th installment of the popular "Scary Movie" franchise; the animated comedy, "Hotel Transylvania" and the sequel "Hotel Transylvania 2;" "Bad Teacher" alongside Cameron Diaz, Jason Segel and Justin Timberlake, "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 "Wet Hot American Summer. "

In 2011, Abrams Books for Young Readers, an imprint of ABRAMS, released Molly’s first children’s picture book, "Tilly the Trickster." 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.” In 2010, Shannon made her Broadway debut replacing Tony Award winner Katie Finneran in the hit musical “Promises, Promises” alongside Sean Hayes and Kristin Chenoweth.  

In 2018, Shannon teamed up with Will Ferrell to provide commentary on the 2018 Rose Parade in character as eccentric broadcasters, Cord Hosenbeck and Tish Cattigan. Presented by Funny or Die, the parody, "The 2018 Rose Parade Hosted by Cord & Tish" was live streamed on Amazon Prime Video. The duo returned to cover Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s nuptials with "The Royal Wedding Live with Cord and Tish!" which aired on HBO and this year, they covered the Rose Parade for the second year in a row. 

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.