Jenny Slate’s ‘Frustratingly Horny Lonely Teenage Years’ + An ‘Obvious Child’ Mad Lib

Jenny Slate stars in this summer’s hottest abortion comedy Obvious Child. (Sorry, we had to go there.) It’s a coming out of sorts for Slate, who, before this first feature-length starring role as a young and impregnated stand-up comedian, has been best known online and on cable. Her array of characters include the fickly talkative snail on her animated Web show “Marcel the Shell (With Shoes On),” and the dutiful and dumb — but “ameeeeeezzzing” — publicist Liz B. on Nick Kroll’s Comedy Central sketch show PubLIZity, which has become a show of feverish cult obsession, recently drawing in cameos from the likes of Katy Perry and Seth Rogen.  

Her Obvious Child character Donna Stern, written specifically for her by director Gillian Robespierre, is by far Slate’s most serious role yet. After an unexpected one-night romp with Jason Sudeikis’s dopple-ganger Jake Lacy, Donna finds herself with child and has to spend her last pennies to, well, fix the situation – a difficult decision she works out (and drinks through) on stage during her act. “The first time I watched it, I cried for the whole movie,” says Slate, recalling how lucky she felt that Gillian came to see her free stand-up show in New York’s East Village back in 2009. “I was so overwhelmed and kept thinking ‘What if this never happened to me?’”

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 The sweetly innocent Slate, who says she still draws on her childhood and parents and “frustrating horny lonely teenage years” growing up in Massachusetts, can only compare the ride to stardom to one thing: camp.

“At camp, suddenly I was really confident and people thought I was really funny when at eight years old I took off all of my clothes and ran down the hill,” says Slate. “Everything that bothered me about school and my fitting in was cut off, and then camp would be over and I would be devastated.” Of course, nothing is over for this comedian, whose public blow due to a slight slip-of-the-tongue on SNL is only a handful of years behind her. In fact, the rumor this week is that “Marcel” is heading to the big screen in the form of a musical.

As Slate continues to tour the country in support of Obvious Child, which also stars David Cross, Richard Kind and her off-screen good friends Gabe Liedman and Gaby Hoffman, she took time to Mad Lib with BlackBook. Here is what the sweet-faced but potty-mouthed Slate, who is not afraid to talk dirty panties and farting like the rest of us chicks, came up with.

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