Arden Myrin

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Arden Myrin
Myrin backstage at the Cynthia Rowley fashion show in September 2011
Born (1973-12-10) December 10, 1973 (age 48)
Little Compton, Rhode Island, U.S.
Years active 1996–present
Spouse Dan Martin (2007–present)

Arden Myrin (/məˈrn/; born December 10, 1973) is an American actress and comedian, best known for her work on the television shows Chelsea Lately, @Midnight, Fresh Off the Boat and MADtv.

Myrin has appeared in many films, including Bachelorette, Kinsey and What Women Want. Notable television credits include guest roles on Orange Is The New Black, Fresh Off the Boat, Key and Peele, Inside Amy Schumer, Hung,Friends and Reno 911!.

Myrin has been a frequent panelist on E!'s Chelsea Lately roundtable, appearing over 100 times . She has also appeared twice as a guest on internet podcast Two Jacks in the Hole and twice appeared on the USA Network show Psych as a stalker with an attraction for older men.

Early life and education

Myrin was born on December 10, 1973 in Little Compton, Rhode Island, a seaside fishing village. Her father was an accountant, and her mother was a real estate agent. She has an older brother, Alarik. As a child, she staged her neighborhood plays, and she enjoyed seeing Annie on Broadway. Myrin attended the Friends Academy in Dartmouth, Massachusetts, where she graduated in 1988. She then attended Middlesex School in Concord, Massachusetts for high school. She is of Swedish and Norwegian heritage.[1]

Afterwards, Myrin attended Colorado College, a small liberal arts school, where she received a degree in theater and studio arts and she was elected commencement speaker at her graduation. During one college break, Myrin began to study improvisational comedy and worked as an intern on NBC's Late Night with Conan O'Brien in 1993–94, where she admits she "mostly ran the Xerox machine".


Soon after graduation, Myrin briefly moved to Chicago when she became a member of the Improv Olympic and later re-located to Los Angeles where she was part of the same group. One of her memorable standup comedian acts included a section of her own life experiences called “Straight Outta Lil' Compton”. Myrin also trained with the L.A. Comedy troupe The Groundlings.

Myrin returned to New York and appeared in commercials while working as a waitress and taking acting classes. She caught a break when two casting directors sent an agent to see her newly minted stand-up comedy act, which netted her an agency contract.


Myrin officially joined the cast of MADtv in 2005 as a repertory performer for the eleventh season and remained with the show until it was canceled in 2009. Her characters included "Crafty Gal Kendra" and Alana from "Holly Meadow Estates". Her impersonations included Jennifer Love Hewitt, Jillian Barberie, Katherine Heigl, Tara Reid, Cindy McCain, Alex Borstein (as Lois Griffin from Family Guy), Kourtney Kardashian, Lo Bosworth, Heidi Montag, Goldie Hawn, Ali Lohan, Avril Lavigne, Mayim Bialik, Lily Allen, Jamie Lynn Spears, Emily Osment, and Portia de Rossi. She also played Melinda Calkins, a GUYCO (A parody of GEICO) customer, who appears in a GUYCO commercial telling the story of when she was in a car accident and Elmo from Sesame Street is hired as the celebrity who helps tell her story. Melinda says she was on her way to her mother's funeral when a truck hit her car head on. Elmo says "Elmo say that must have given you a boo boo!" and laughs. Melinda then says that her father flew through the windshield and hit his head on an iron fence and the airbag broke her sister's head and they're still looking for it. Elmo replies, "When Elmo loses things, Elmo retrace his steps!", and then laughs again. Melinda says that her insurance is GUYCO and Elmo says that he's going to count the street sign just as the police comes by with a body bag on a stretcher. The sign said "311" as Elmo reads it. Elmo then says, "Elmo love to read!", and laughs yet again. Melinda apologizes and says that the accident just happened and asks if they can do it later and Elmo says "Tickle Elmo!" and laughs. Melinda is so annoyed with Elmo laughing when her parents are dead that she throws him into a moving car, which slams on its brakes, and Melinda runs away. The scene then switches to Elmo being the GUYCO customer and Carlos Mencia (played by Johnny A. Sanchez) is the celebrity who's going to help tell his story. Elmo begins to regain consciousness and coughs and asks what happened and Carlos tells him about the previous commercial. Elmo is so annoyed that the best celebrity they can give him is Carlos Mencia and says that he would rather have George Lopez, Cheech Marin or Wilmer Valderrama. Carlos is so annoyed with Elmo that, when Elmo asks him to help him up, he tears his head off and throws it into the street. Elmo's head then hits the windshield of a car, which happens to belong to Mo'Nique (played by Erica Ash), who was in the first part of the GUYCO commercial. As Mo'Nique steps out of her car and sees Elmo's head on the windshield, despite being able to stand, she says that she's paralyzed, she's got whiplash and her back hurts. She plans to sue Carlos for throwing it just as Carlos runs away.


  • Alana (Holly Meadow Estates)
  • Kendra (Jazzed for Crafts)
  • Lindsey (Apple iPad)

Personal life

On December 30, 2007, Myrin married Dan Martin, a comedy writer she first met in 2001.[2]


Year Title Role Notes Box Office Performance
1997 I Think I Do as Wendy Comedy Movie $345,478
1997 Deconstructing Harry as Mary Comedy Movie $10,686,841
1997 In & Out as Student Comedy Movie $63,856,929
1998 The Impostors as Stewardess with Luggageas Comedy Movie $2,198,044
1999 30 Days as Stacey Comedy Movie
2000 What Women Want as Darcy's Assistant Comedy Romance Movie $374,111,707
2001 Bubble Boy as Lorraine Comedy Adventure Movie $5,007,898
2002 Highway as Lucy Comedy Drama Movie
2002 Auto Focus Hippie Girl $2,704,951
2003 Farm Sluts as Larry's Co-worker Comedy Movie
2003 Soul Mates as Julie Comedy Movie
2003 Dry Cycle as Sarah Comedy Movie
2004 Kinsey as Emily Biography Drama Movie $10,254,979
2004 Whistlin' Dixie as Bunny LeVine Comedy Movie
2004 Christmas with the Kranks as Daisy Comedy Movie $96,572,480
2005 Heart of the Beholder as Patty Drama Movie
2005 I'm Not Gay as Foreperson Comedy Movie
2007 Evan Almighty as Evan's Staffer Comedy Movie $173,391,888
2009 The Informant! as Sarah Scott Comedy Movie $33,316,821
2012 Wrong as Gabrielle Comedy
2013 Wrong Cops as Shirley Comedy
Year Title Role Notes Episode count
1996 The Royale as Daphne
1997–1999 Working as Abby Cosgrove NBC Comedy 39 Episodes
1999 Just Shoot Me! as Amy NBC Comedy 1 Episode
2000 Nikki as Amy The WB Comedy 1 Episode
2001 Friends as Brenda NBC Comedy 1 Episode
2003 On the Spot as Caramel The WB Comedy
2004 I'm with Her as Girl ABC Comedy
2004 Reno 911! as Miss Nude Reno 1 Comedy Central Comedy
2005 Gilmore Girls as Honor's Bridesmaid Warner Brothers
2005 Kitchen Confidential as Wendy FOX Comedy
2005–2009 MADtv as Various Characters FOX Comedy (Season 11–14) 82 Episodes
2007–2008 That's So Hollywood as Herself
2007–Present Chelsea Lately as Herself E! Network Comedy
2007 Good Day LA as Herself
2009 True Jackson, VP as Jenna Lutrell Nickelodeon Comedy
2009 Michael and Michael Have Issues as Various Characters
2009 It's On with Alexa Chung as Herself... regular guest
2010 Party Down as Vanna Starz Comedy 1 Episode
2011 Hung as Joanie HBO Comedy 1 Episode
2011 RuPaul's Drag Race 3 Guest judge (as herself) Logo 1 Episode
2011 Suburgatory as Jocelyn ABC Comedy Recurring
2012 Delocated as Marlo Adult Swim Comedy 1 Episode
2012-2013 Psych as Chelsea 2 Episodes
2013 Orange Is the New Black as Doctor Brooks Netflix 1 Episode
2014 @midnight as Herself 4 Episodes
2014 Legit as Tess FXX 1 Episode
2014 Anger Management as Paula FX 1 Episode
2015 Fresh Off the Boat as Ashley Alexander ABC Comedy 3 Episodes
2015 K.C. Undercover as Candice Adams Disney Channel Enemy of the State


  1. "Making It Podcast: Episode 17". The Nerdist. November 7, 2011. Retrieved October 6, 2012. Myrin mentions she's Swedish and Norwegian around the one minute mark<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Marialisa Calta (2008-01-06). "Vows: Arden Myrin and Dan Martin". New York Times. Archived from the original on 9 January 2008. Retrieved 2008-01-06. Unknown parameter |deadurl= ignored (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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