About Abby Elliott
Elliott was born and raised in Wilton, Connecticut, the daughter of Paula Niedert, a talent coordinator, and actor/comedian Chris Elliott. As a child, she enjoyed acting in school plays at Our Lady of Fatima School in Wilton, and decided that she wanted to pursue acting as a career from an early age. She attended high school at Immaculate High School in Danbury, Connecticut, where she had success acting in school plays and musicals. In her senior year she held the lead role of Sandy in the musical Grease. After graduating from Immaculate High School in 2005, she attended at Marymount Manhattan College in New York City but dropped out during the first semester after her dormitory became infested with mice.
She is the third generation of her family to have been featured on NBC's Saturday Night Live (and the second to be hired as a cast member). Her father is actor and comedian Chris Elliott, who was an SNL cast member during the 1994-1995 season (season 20) and her grandfather is Bob Elliott of the popular comedy duo Bob & Ray, who co-starred on a Christmas episode in the 1978-1979 season (fourth season).
Before joining SNL, Elliott took comedy classes at The Groundlings and eventually began training and performing sketch comedy at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater (UCBT) in Los Angeles. In 2006, Elliott appeared with small roles in the comedy pilots You've Reached The Elliotts and Chrissy: Plain & Simple, both pilots starring her father, Chris Elliott. While at UCBT, she frequently performed with The Midnight Show sketch troupe. She has also occasionally performed comedy with her younger sister Bridey. Elliott joined the cast of SNL midway through the 2008–2009 season, in November 2008, to replace the departing Amy Poehler. Before joining SNL, Elliott had also done guest voices roles on King of The Hill and Minoriteam. She has also been featured in a number of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon sketches such as "Jersey Floor" and "6-Bee".
In 2011, she made her film debut with a small role in No Strings Attached, and appears with a supporting role in the upcoming indie-comedy High Road.