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Lisa Kudrow



Biography

Emmy Award-winning actress Lisa Kudrow continues to bring her original sense of comedic timing and delivery to every role she takes on and ventures between films to television to the internet with ease.

Lisa made her feature film debut in the Albert Brooks’ comedy Mother in 1996. Following Mother she starred opposite Toni Collette and Parker Posey in Clockwatchers (1997) and in the critically acclaimed hit comedy Romy & Michele’s High School Reunion (1997) with Mira Sorvino which garnered her widespread popularity with film audiences.

She went on to star in The Opposite of Sex for writer/director Don Roos (1998); Analyze This (1999) and the sequel Analyze That (2002) with Robert DeNiro and Billy Crystal; Lucky Numbers (2000) with John Travolta; Hanging Up (2000) opposite Meg Ryan and Diane Keaton; Wonderland (2004) with Val Kilmer; Happy Endings (2005) for writer/director Don Roos; Kabluey (2007) P.S. I Love You (2007) with Hilary Swank and Gerard Butler; Hotel for Dogs (2008); Paper Man (2009) opposite Emma Stone, Jeff Daniels and Ryan Reynolds; Bandslam (2009); Easy A (2010) with Emma Stone, Stanley Tucci, Patricia Clarkson and Thomas Hayden Church and Neighbors (2014) & Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (2016) with Zac Efron and Seth Rogen; the psychological thriller Girl on the Train (2016) for director Tate Taylor; Table 19 with Anna Kendrick and she voiced a role in the Academy Award nominated family comedy The Boss Baby alongside Alec Baldwin, Steve Buscemi and Jimmy Kimmel.

Upcoming, Lisa will appear in Olivia Wilde’s directorial debut Booksmart alongside Jason Sudeikis. Booksmart will be released in 2019 by Annapurna Pictures.

Lisa has always received rave reviews for her roles in both film and television. She won the Best Supporting Actress Award from the New York Film Critics, an Independent Spirit Award nomination and a Chicago Film Critics Award nomination for her role in The Opposite of Sex.  She won a Blockbuster Award and received a nomination for an American Comedy Award for her starring role in the box office hit Analyze This for director Harold Ramis.
Of course, it was Lisa’s role as Phoebe Buffay, the character she brilliantly portrayed on the NBC hit comedy series Friends for ten seasons (1994-2004) that brought her to audience attention worldwide.

For this role, Lisa was nominated for an Emmy award five times and won once for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series in 1998. Lisa also received a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series, an American Comedy Award for Funniest Supporting Female Performer in a Television Series and a Golden Globe Award nomination.

Lisa guest starred in an episode of season two of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt in 2016, for which she received a Critics’ Choice Television Award nomination for Outstanding Guest Performer in a Comedy Series.

She recently reunited with Friends co-creator Marta Kauffman, for a three-episode guest arc on season four of the Netflix hit-comedy “Grace & Frankie” alongside Academy Award winner Jane Fonda and Academy Award Nominee Lily Tomlin.

In the fall of 2003 Lisa formed the production company, Is or Isn’t Entertainment with actor and writer Dan Bucatinsky.

Is or Isn’t Entertainment has garnered great success since its inception. Is or Isn’t’s first television series is the critically acclaimed HBO series The Comeback. The docu-style, single-camera comedy had its season one debut in June 2005 and it returned to HBO as a limited series in 2014. The series garnered four Emmy Award nominations including two for Lisa for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series in 2006 and 2015.

Who Do You Think You Are is the second series from Is or Isn’t Entertainment. The show, which airs on TLC, is a documentary series which traces the genealogy of a well-known person in each episode. To date, Who Do You Think You Are has been nominated for four Emmy Awards – three for Outstanding Structured Reality Program” and one win in 2016 for “Outstanding Picture Editing for a Structured or Competition Reality Program.”

Is or Isn’t also produced the critically acclaimed Showtime series Web Therapy for four seasons (2011-2015) in which Lisa starred as a therapist who does sessions with her clients via the internet. Web Therapy was the first web series to go to premium cable and the format of the show has been sold to and produced all over the world, including productions in Poland and Spain.

In 2009 Lisa received a Special Webby Award for Outstanding Comedic Performance for her role in Season One of Web Therapy; in 2010 the show won a Webby Award for Best Comedy Series and received two additional nominations including one for Lisa for Best Individual Performance and in 2011 Lisa Kudrow won a Webby Award for Best Individual Performance and Web Therapy won for Best Comedy: Long Form or Series. Web Therapy was nominated for an Emmy Award in 2012 for Outstanding Special Class – Short-format Live-Action Entertainment Programs. Most recently, Web Therapy received a nomination from the Producers Guild of America for Best Web Series.
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