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Mary Lynn Rajskub

Highest Rated:   91% Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
Lowest Rated:   17% Sex, Death And Bowling (2015)
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With a quiet exterior and a unique array of facial expressions that hint at something hilarious simmering beneath the surface, actress/comedian Mary Lynn Rajskub, born June 22nd, 1971, has come a long way since joining the cast of Mr. Show back in 1995. Born in Detroit, Michigan on June 22nd, 1971, Rajskub's entry into the comedy scene wasn't entirely intentional, the former performance artist decided to try her hand at humor when a non-comedic performance at the San Francisco Art Institute elicited unexpected laughs from the audience. Subsequently realizing the absurdity inherent in overly serious performance art, Rajskub soon adjusted her act to become a parody of performance art. The unique take on live comedy quickly caught on with audiences, and shortly thereafter, Rajskub was approached by Bob Odenkirk and David Cross and asked to join the cast of their upcoming HBO stream-of-consciousness comedy series Mr. Show. A somewhat bitter falling out with series co-creator Cross found Rajskub departing from the series after a year to take a job at Seattle's Best Coffee, but her career as a caffeine dealer would quickly come to an end when Garry Shandling caught wind of her act. Subsequently cast as the enthusiastic but somewhat awkward talent booker on The Larry Sanders Show, Rajskub also began to branch out into feature territory with supporting roles in such films as Bury Me in Kern County and the mockumentary The Thin Pink Line (both 1998). Blink-and-you'll-miss-her roles in such high-profile releases as Man on the Moon and Road Trip were quick to follow, with a small but memorable turn as a bubble-wrapped cult member in Dude, Where's My Car? preceding yet another fleeting appearance in the "Fiction" segment of director Todd Solondz's Storytelling. By this point, Rajskub had expanded her presence on television with a recurring role in Veronica's Closet, and after appearing with Girls Guitar Club bandmate Karen Kilgariff in the independent drama The Anniversary Party, she made a move back to the small screen with the ill-fated sketch comedy series The Downer Channel. If that series didn't last long, Rajskub didn't need to worry since appearances in such features as Punch-Drunk Love, Sweet Home Alabama, and Legally Blonde 2 found her slowly drifting toward more substantial roles on the silver screen. After becoming a frequent player in the 2003-2004 season of the wildly popular television series 24, Rajskub took an ominous turn with her role as Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme in the 2004 made-for-television remake Helter Skelter.In 2006 she took on supporting roles in the Academy Award winning comedy drama Little Miss Sunshine, and director Christine Jeffs slice-of-life comedy drama Sunshine Cleaning. The continued to deliver solid supporting performances in 2008's Julie & Julia, and 2011's Safety Not Guaranteed.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
17% Sex, Death And Bowling
  • Kim Wells
2015
No Score Yet Jason Nash Is Married
  • Actor
2014
76% The Kings of Summer
  • Captain Davis
2013
90% Safety Not Guaranteed
  • Bridget
2012
76% Julie & Julia
  • Sarah
2009
72% Sunshine Cleaning
  • Lynn
2009
No Score Yet American Fork (Humble Pie)
  • Peggy
2007
91% Little Miss Sunshine
  • Pageant Assistant Pam
2006
19% Firewall
  • Janet Stone
2006
85% Mysterious Skin
  • Avalyn Friesen
2005
No Score Yet Helter Skelter
  • Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme
2004
No Score Yet Serial Slayer
  • Grace
2004
38% Legally Blonde 2 - Red, White & Blonde
  • Reena Giuliani
2003
79% Punch-Drunk Love
  • Elizabeth
2002
38% Sweet Home Alabama
  • Dorothea
2002
53% Storytelling
  • Melinda
2002
60% The Anniversary Party
  • Mary-Lynn
2001
18% Dude, Where's My Car?
  • Zelmina
2000
No Score Yet The Thin Pink Line
  • Actor
2000
No Score Yet Sunset Strip
  • Eileen
2000
57% Road Trip
  • Blind Brenda
2000
63% Man on the Moon
  • Friday's Mary
1999
84% Magnolia
  • Janet (Frank's Assistant)
1999
No Score Yet Bury Me In Kern County
  • Amanda
1998
84% The Truth About Cats & Dogs
  • Female Radio Caller
1996

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Royal Pains
2009
  • Actor
27% How to Be a Gentleman
2011-2012
  • Janet
No Score Yet The Mentalist
2008-2015
  • Susie Hamblin
No Score Yet @midnight With Chris Hardwick
2014
  • Guest
  • Panelist
  • Appearing
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson
2005-2014
  • Guest
100% The L.A. Complex
2012
  • Appearing
No Score Yet Mash Up
2012
  • Performer
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet World's Funniest Fails
2015
  • Panelist
98% It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
2005
  • Gail the Snail
85% Modern Family
2009
  • Tracy
93% New Girl
2011
  • Peg
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet MADtv
1995-2009
  • Guest
No Score Yet Not Safe with Nikki Glaser
2016
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Chew
2011
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Burn With Jeff Ross
2012-2013
  • Actor
  • Appearing
51% Californication
2007-2014
  • Goldie
No Score Yet Conan
2010
  • Guest
75% Highston
2015
  • Jean Liggetts
No Score Yet The Simpsons
1989
  • Voice
81% Maron
2013
  • Actor
75% 24: Live Another Day
2014
  • Chloe O'Brian
No Score Yet Gilmore Girls
2000-2016
  • Guest
  • Appearing
No Score Yet Hollywood Game Night
2013
  • Appearing
82% The Girlfriend Experience
2016
  • Erin Roberts
No Score Yet John Oliver's New York Stand-Up Show
2010-2013
  • Performer
71% Grey's Anatomy
2005
  • Marion Steiner
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
2015
  • Guest
No Score Yet 2 Broke Girls
2011
  • Bebe
94% Brooklyn Nine-Nine
2013
  • Genevieve Genevieve Mirren-Carter
91% Raising Hope
2010-2014
  • Tanya
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
  • Guest
87% 24
2001-2014
  • Chloe O'Brian Chloe O'Brain

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