Chloe Fineman
Fineman in January 2020
Born
Chloe Rose Fineman[1]

(1988-07-20) July 20, 1988 (age 33)[2]
Alma materNew York University
Occupation
  • Actress
  • writer
  • comedian
Years active2011–present
Known forSaturday Night Live

Chloe Rose Fineman (born July 20, 1988) is an American actress, writer, and comedian. Fineman began her career with The Groundlings improv troupe, and became a featured player on Saturday Night Live starting in its 45th season in September 2019.[3]

Early life

Fineman's parents are painter Ellen Gunn and biotechnology executive David Fineman.[4] She has two sisters, visual artist Emma and CrossFit athlete Alexia (Leka).[4] Her father is Jewish, whereas her mother is a "WASP." Fineman was raised attending Camp Kee Tov, a Jewish day camp at Congregation Beth El in Berkeley.[4][5]

She graduated from Piedmont High School in 2006. The school's acting teacher described her as "equally brilliant with comedy and drama". As a junior, Fineman directed Metamorphoses by Mary Zimmerman; as a senior, she directed The Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler; she also performed lead roles in The Visit by Friedrich Dürrenmatt and Crimes of the Heart by Beth Henley. Since her graduation, she has returned to the school to direct plays and lead workshops.[6]

While at high school, Fineman impersonated a peafowl on the Late Show with David Letterman after winning a bird calling competition.[7]

Fineman studied at the New York University Tisch School of the Arts and Stella Adler Studio, graduating in 2011.[8]

Career

After graduating from college, Fineman moved to Los Angeles,[4] where she performed in The Groundlings troupe's Sunday Company.[9][10] She also performed in "Characters Welcome" at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre.[11] In 2018, she was recognized as a "New Face" at the Just for Laughs festival in Montreal,[9][12] and she was nominated for Best Comedian at the 2019 Shorty Awards.[13] Her television appearances include Jane the Virgin and Search Party.[9]

She maintains an online presence known in particular for her celebrity impressions in front-facing camera comedy videos.[5][14][15][16][17] On Instagram, she has posted celebrity impressions as well as clips from her Groundlings work and stand-up comedy.[11] On YouTube, she has done character impressions.[10] In 2018, Vulture critic Luke Kelly-Clyne wrote that after seeing Fineman do impressions of Meryl Streep and others, "As I found out, that extra bit of genius she possesses – that intangible thing that takes a good impression to a great impression – is rooted in her ability to create entirely original characters who feel as real as anyone you've ever met," concluding, "Chloe Fineman is absolutely one of the most talented new performers right now, and she's long overdue for a break."[18]

Saturday Night Live

Fineman's addition to the cast of Saturday Night Live, the long-running NBC sketch-comedy show, as a featured player was announced on September 12, 2019, along with the addition of Bowen Yang.[19] Alongside Yang and Heidi Gardner, Fineman was cited as the season's MVP by Andy Hoglund at Entertainment Weekly.[20]

Fineman's celebrity impressions on SNL include Drew Barrymore,[21] Carole Baskin,[22] Reese Witherspoon,[23] Nicole Kidman, Timothée Chalamet,[24] Tiffany Trump,[25] Britney Spears, Mary-Kate Olsen, and Jojo Siwa.[26]

Personal life

Fineman contracted COVID-19 in March 2020, but made a full recovery.

Filmography

Chloe Fineman film work
Year Title Role Notes
2011 The Morning After Hannah Short film
2011 Knee High Coach Sophie Short film
2017 Men Don't Whisper Woman Who Wants to Work Hard and Play Hard Short film
2017 The Pros of Cons Lily Campbell Television film
2022 Babylon Filming
TBA Father of the Bride Filming
Chloe Fineman television work
Year Title Role Notes
2014–2018 The Adventures of Ben & Sarah Sarah 6 episodes; television short
2018 Mozart in the Jungle Fanny Mendelssohn Episode: "An Honest Ghost"
2018 Grown-ish Waiter 1 Episode: "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp"
2018 Jane the Virgin Assistant Episode: "Chapter Seventy-Seven"
2018 Slice of Wife Carie Episode: "The Dinner Party"
2019 Search Party Charlie 2 episodes
2019–present Saturday Night Live Various characters Featured cast member
2020 High Fidelity Clara Episode: "Good Luck and Goodbye"

References

  1. ^ "Chloe Rose Fineman, Born 07/20/1988 in California". California Birth Index. Retrieved March 2, 2020.
  2. ^ Hastings, Christobel (October 1, 2019). "Everything you need to know about SNL's newest cast member Chloe Fineman". Style Magazine. Retrieved December 12, 2019.
  3. ^ Gus Wezerek (2019-12-14). "The 'S.N.L.' Stars Who Lasted, and the Ones Who Flamed Out". The New York Times. Archived from the original on 2019-12-14. Retrieved 2019-12-16. Some of the names here will be familiar only to die-hard fans; others, like Murphy, defined what was funny for generations of viewers.
  4. ^ a b c d Singer, Jenny (September 13, 2019). "The Jewish Woman Who Was Just Cast On SNL Is One Of The Internet's Funniest People". The Forward. Retrieved September 16, 2019.
  5. ^ a b "'Saturday Night Live' adds Jewish comedian Chloe Fineman for upcoming season". Jewish Telegraphic Agency. September 12, 2019. Retrieved September 16, 2019.
  6. ^ "PHS grad joins Saturday Night Live cast". Piedmont Exedra. September 13, 2019. Retrieved September 30, 2019.
  7. ^ Alter, Rebecca (2020-12-09). "Chloe Fineman's Best Impression Is Actually a Bird Call". Vulture. Retrieved 2021-04-07.
  8. ^ "Tisch drama alumna Chloe Fineman joins cast of Saturday Night Live". New York University Tisch School of the Arts. September 18, 2019. Retrieved September 30, 2019.
  9. ^ a b c Porter, Rick (September 12, 2019). "'Saturday Night Live' Adds Trio to Season 45 Cast". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved September 13, 2019.
  10. ^ a b Sippell, Margeaux (September 12, 2019). "Meet the New Kids of 'SNL' Season 45: Chloe Fineman, Bowen Yang and Shane Gillis (Videos)". TheWrap. Retrieved September 13, 2019.
  11. ^ a b Walsh, Savannah (September 12, 2019). "Who is Chloe Fineman? The New 'Saturday Night Live' Cast Member is a One-Woman Impression Machine". Elle. Retrieved September 13, 2019.
  12. ^ Wright, Megh (July 23, 2018). "Just for Laughs Announces Its 2018 New Faces". Vulture. Retrieved September 13, 2019.
  13. ^ "Chloe Fineman - Comedy". Shorty Awards. Retrieved September 16, 2019.
  14. ^ Giacomazzo, Bernadette (September 16, 2019). "Celebrity Impressionist Chloe Fineman Is 'SNL's Newest Cast Member". YourTango. Retrieved September 16, 2019.
  15. ^ Jefferson, Whitney (September 13, 2019). "Chloe Fineman's Celebrity Impressions Make Her Perfect For "Saturday Night Live"". BuzzFeed. Retrieved September 16, 2019.
  16. ^ Eckhardt, Stephanie (September 12, 2019). "Chloe Fineman, One of SNL's Newest Cast Members, Is a Master at Celebrity Impressions". W. Retrieved September 16, 2019.
  17. ^ Squires, Bethy. "Who Got the Most Screen Time on SNL Season 45?" Vulture.com 18 May 2020.
  18. ^ Kelly-Cline, Luke (June 27, 2018). "Chloe Fineman's Celebrity Impressions Are Incredible". Vulture. Retrieved September 13, 2019.
  19. ^ Otterson, Joe (September 12, 2019). "'Saturday Night Live' Adds Three New Cast Members for Season 45". Variety. Retrieved September 13, 2019.
  20. ^ Hoglund, Andy (May 9, 2020). "Saturday Night Live recap: Kristen Wiig hosts at-home season finale". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved May 11, 2020.
  21. ^ "Drew Barrymore takes Chloe Fineman's spot-on 'SNL' parody like a champ". Los Angeles Times. 2020-10-05. Retrieved 2021-04-07.
  22. ^ "Tiger King's Carole Baskin criticises SNL parody: 'I could just slap that woman'". The Independent. 2020-08-26. Retrieved 2021-04-08.
  23. ^ "'SNL' Star Chloe Fineman Brings out Hilarious Impressions of Drew Barrymore, Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman". TV. Retrieved 2021-04-08.
  24. ^ Elizabeth, De. ""SNL" Star Chloe Fineman's Impression of Timothée Chalamet Has Fans Screaming". Teen Vogue. Retrieved 2021-04-07.
  25. ^ "SNL pokes fun at Tiffany Trump's relationship with her family: 'Who is that lady?'". The Independent. 2020-10-18. Retrieved 2021-04-07.
  26. ^ "Britney Spears fans react after SNL addresses Free Britney movement". The Independent. 2021-02-22. Retrieved 2021-04-07.