Chloe Rose Fineman
July 20, 1988
|Alma mater||New York University|
|Known for||Saturday 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.
Fineman's parents are painter Ellen Gunn and biotechnology executive David Fineman. She has two sisters, visual artist Emma and CrossFit athlete Alexia (Leka). 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.
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.
While at high school, Fineman impersonated a peafowl on the Late Show with David Letterman after winning a bird calling competition.
Fineman studied at the New York University Tisch School of the Arts and Stella Adler Studio, graduating in 2011.
After graduating from college, Fineman moved to Los Angeles, where she performed in The Groundlings troupe's Sunday Company. She also performed in "Characters Welcome" at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. In 2018, she was recognized as a "New Face" at the Just for Laughs festival in Montreal, and she was nominated for Best Comedian at the 2019 Shorty Awards. Her television appearances include Jane the Virgin and Search Party.
She maintains an online presence known in particular for her celebrity impressions in front-facing camera comedy videos. On Instagram, she has posted celebrity impressions as well as clips from her Groundlings work and stand-up comedy. On YouTube, she has done character impressions. 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."
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. Alongside Yang and Heidi Gardner, Fineman was cited as the season's MVP by Andy Hoglund at Entertainment Weekly.
Fineman's celebrity impressions on SNL include Drew Barrymore, Carole Baskin, Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Timothée Chalamet, Tiffany Trump, Britney Spears, Mary-Kate Olsen, and Jojo Siwa.
Fineman contracted COVID-19 in March 2020, but made a full recovery.
|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|
|TBA||Father of the Bride||Filming|
|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"|
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