Jill Talley

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Jill Talley
File:41st Annie Awards, Jill Talley.jpg
Talley at the 2014 Annie Awards
Born (1962-12-19) December 19, 1962 (age 58)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Other names Jill Kenny
Occupation Actress
Known for Mr. Show
SpongeBob SquarePants
The Boondocks
Spouse(s) Tom Kenny (m. 1995)
Children Mack Kenny
Nora Kenny

Jill Talley (born December 19, 1962) is an American actress best known as a regular cast member of Mr. Show, for her long-running-role as Karen on SpongeBob SquarePants, and her role as Sarah Dubois and various other characters on Adult Swim's The Boondocks. She often collaborates with her husband and fellow actor Tom Kenny.


In her twenties, Talley performed improv comedy in Chicago at the Improv Institute and The Second City. Talley and her husband, Tom Kenny, were both cast members of the cult short-lived FOX Network sketch comedy show The Edge from 1992 to 1993 and sketch comedy show Mr. Show from 1995 to 1998. They also appeared together in the May 1996 video for "Tonight, Tonight" by The Smashing Pumpkins as a married couple who take a honeymoon on the moon.[1]

Talley's vocal work includes playing Karen, computer wife of Plankton on SpongeBob SquarePants, as well as Gretchen, the tomboyish alligator Squirrel Scout, the scholarly giraffe named Nina, and the largely angry warthog named Ms. Mucus on Camp Lazlo. She also voices Sarah Dubois on the Adult Swim show The Boondocks. She also voiced Lady Granite in the Plastic Man DC Nation Shorts. She had voiced Maja the Sky Witch in the Adventure Time episode "Sky Witch."

Since Mr. Show's run she has also appeared in minor roles in several films such as Little Miss Sunshine and Sky High, in the latter of which she appeared with her husband.

Personal life

Talley was born in Chicago, Illinois.[2] She first met her husband Tom Kenny in 1992 while working on The Edge in 1992. They have two children, Mack (born c. 1997) and Nora (born August 2003).[1][3]



Year Title Role Notes
1998 Sour Grapes Lois
2000 The Ladies Man Candy
2002 Run Ronnie Run Tammy
2003 Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd Mom
2004 The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie Karen, The Computer Wife

Old Lady

2005 Sky High Mrs. Timmerman
2006 Little Miss Sunshine Cindy
2006 Asterix and the Vikings Walla-Female Voice
2009 World's Greatest Dad Make-up Woman
2015 The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water Karen, The Computer Wife Voice


Year Title Role Notes
1995-1998 Mr. Show with Bob and David Various 26 episodes
2005-2008 Camp Lazlo Gretchen / Miss Mucus / Nina Neckley 15 episodes
2005-2012 American Dad! Cocktail Waiter / Flight Attendant / Oscar's Mom 9 episodes
2005-2014 The Boondocks Sarah Dubois / Various 46 episodes
1999-2015 SpongeBob SquarePants Karen 87 episodes
2014-2015 TripTank Mom / Pierced Gypsy / Goddess on a Horse 8 episodes


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Tom Kenny: Biography". T.V Guide. Retrieved 21 September 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Voice of SpongeBob joins new Fox cartoon series". The Providence Journal. 25 April 2009. Retrieved 2009-09-18.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Edwards, Ellen (November 30, 2004). "As the voice of SpongeBob, Tom Kenny knows it's hip to be square". Chicago Tribune.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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