Ellie Kemper

This article is unusual—in a good way!—and so I thought I’d highlight it. (When I see a link to Vulture on a topic that interest me I always follow it, and am never disappointed.)

Before watching Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt on Netflix, I had no idea who Kemper was, and reading this article I see why that is—she hasn’t had an especially high profile before now. I didn’t expect to like the show, but the buzz and the half-hour runtime led me to give it a try. I think the show is terrific, with a edgy urban humor I like in small doses together with an incredible sunniness that makes the package delightful. And Kemper is a big part of that, with her Lucille-Ball-like over-the-top expressiveness.

What’s good about the article is that it shows how Kemper became who she is today, kicking off with a short homemade horror film with a very young Ellie, continuing with sample clips from 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2009, and so on that illustrate her development as an actress while also tracking her career, adding just enough text to put the clips into context. So in the end, the best part of the article is Kemper herself, who supplies most of the content through online videos, nicely organized and lightly annotated.

Warning: several of the clips are highly adult in topic matter, so click cautiously—but I think titles make it clear which ones to avoid.

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