Kristen Schaal is an animated person – both in cartoons and real life. Often cast for her separate voice in animated shows, she is a double threat with live action roles due to her uncanny ability to use both her body language and facial expressions to action just like a cartoon. Those traits carry over into her stand-up work as well, as she punctuates each line with wide-open eyes, a slight tilt of the head, or a limp movement that involves her entire body.
To highlight the comic that can always make us laugh, either as herself or as one maniacal 9 year old with bunny earswe’ve rounded up some of Schaal’s funniest jokes and moments for the Comedy Hall of Fame…
About pleasing men
“My mother told me that the secret to pleasing a man came through his stomachbut I found a convenient detour via his penis.”
Representing AIDS on ‘Conan’
As a guest on ConanSchaal discussed her background in community theater as a teenager and her theater director’s bizarre request to pretend she was living with AIDS.
Her role as Mabel in ‘Gravity Falls’
It’s made for a younger audience, but it’s easy to see why Gravity falls appeals to children at heart stoners directly. One of the bright spots is Schaal’s performance as Mabel, a young girl who is the epitome of a cute chaotic good.
About gun control
“I’ve been nervous since I got here because I don’t have my gun. How do you survive without your gun, Canada? I mean, how do you open cans?”
Her role as Hazel Wassername on ’30 Rock’
When 30 Rock needed a female version of Kenneth, Schaal was the ideal candidate, able to channel her own version of the socially awkward Page to play alongside Kenneth instead of being a clone. No one else with one iguana attached to their face can yield the line “He’s parting with my mouth!” the way she does.
Her role as Sarah Lynn in ‘BoJack Horseman’
The voice of former child star Sarah Lynn was perfectly cast. Schaal’s younger-sounding tone allowed her to hit every line with high power, while also being able to elicit empathy during the heavier parts of the most depressing yet somehow hilarious comedy of all time.
“I wanted to make sure my act tonight was family-friendly, but I don’t have any babies. So I thought I could pretend I have babies and appeal to the people who have babies that way And people who like to pretend they have babies. So let’s try… So, I got this baby, ugh! And it begs for attention all the time… Can I get a witness?!?”
Her role as Mel on ‘Flight of the Conchords’
Schaal’s ability to believably balance innocent menace as Bret and Jermaine’s superfan Mel pulls off some of the most hilariously awkward scenes in the musical comedy series.
When she killed a ghost to steal his sparkling coat
“I killed a ghost to get this coat. It’s only after I cut the jacket off spiritthe dead body I realized I could have just wished for. Ugh, I should have wished it in hindsight.
Her role as Carol in ‘Last Man On Earth’
In the post-apocalyptic comedy, Schaal often stole entire episodes portraying an eccentric, headstrong woman who somehow survived the end of the world.
As the guide to ‘What we do in the shadows’
Scale shines as The Guide in it the vampire mockumentary series, which gives Nadja a great foil to play on. In typical Schaal fashion, her Dracul accent is spot on, and she does a remarkable job of somehow unleashing more weirdness from an already well-written weird character.
As Louise Belcher in ‘Bob’s Burgers’
“If she is a herbwould she be flour.
To bad luck
“I can’t be unlucky tonight. I’ve already lost one rabbit’s foot, someone stole my monkey’s foot, and now all I have is a camel’s toe. I will not tell you where it is; I can’t afford to get it snatched.