Chris Kelly Wiki
Chris kelly is an american writer born in Sacramento, California, US famous for his work on “saturday Night Live”. He is also known for writing and directing the autobiographical film titled “Other People”, Which premiered at the 2016 sundance Film Festival. Chris received Emmy award nominations for his work on”SNL” five times.
Chris Kelly Biography
Kelly grew up in Sacramento, California with his late mother “Joanne née Kellogg Kelly”. he has twos sisters, Janelle and Katie who is his half sister from his mother’s re-marriage. He studied and graduated from Sheldon Hugh school.
He attended college at the “UC Irvine”. He was a staff writer and director at “Funny Or Die” and “Onion News Network”, of which he won The “Peabody Award” in 2009. He was also the head writer for comedy central special ” This Show Will Get You High” in 2010.
Kelly also performed at “UCBNY” with his storytelling show “Chris Kelly: America’s Princess Diana”. Before that he wrote and directed “Oh My God, I Heard Your Dying!”, he was also an actor in the film.
Chris Kelly Age
He was born on 7 September, 1983 in Sacramento, California. His birth sign is Virgo.
Chris Kelly Family
Kelly has two sisters, Janelle and Katie. Although Katie is his half sister from his mother’s re-marriage after divorcing his biological father.
Chris Kelly Boyfriend
Kelly opened up about his sexuality during the 42nd season of SNL as the first openly gay writer for the show. As of now kelly lives with his boyfriend in los Angeles and have an adopted dog called jill.
Chris Kelly and Sarah Schneider
The two met in 2011 as the new writerS on SNL, they have built themselves a strong creative bond and reputation. They became the SNL head writers in 2016 creating an arguably strong run in many years. its been eight years since the pair met and are still working together. They co-wrote ” The Other Two” which premiered on January 24, 2019. The film is based on kelly’s life drawing experience after losing his mother to cancer back in 2009.
Chris Kelly Height
Information will be updated.
Chris Kelly Salary
Chris’ salary is estimated to be between $10k to $50k per year.
Chris Kelly Net Worth
His net worth is estimated to be around $250.
Chris Kelly Saturday Night Live
Kelly was a supervising writer for “SNL” joining the show at the 37th season and promoted to supervising writer on the 40th season on the show. His writing partner for the SNL show was “Sarah Schneider”.
In 2016 kelly and Sarah Schneider wer announced as the head writer s for SNL’s 42nd season but later left SNL at the end of the 42nd season.
Chris Kelly Broad City
He is a writer and consulting producer on “Broad City”. The show earned him a nomination for the “Writers Guild of America Award for Television: Comedy Series”. He joined the show as a consulting producer and writer when the show was picked up as a series on comedy central.
Chris Kelly The Other Two
Kelly is the creator and executive Producer of “The Other Two” alongside Sarah Schneider. It premiered on january 2019.
The film is about a struggling comedy writer. He has just broken up with his boyfriend and moves from New York City to Sacramento to help his sick mother. He has to live with his conservative father and younger sisters for the first time in many years. As his mother’s health deteriorates, He tries to extract meaning from the awful experience and convince everyone that he’s doing okay.
The film is based on his own life drawing from his experience of losing his mother to cancer in 2009.
Chris Kelly Awards and Nominations
- 2009 Peabody Award – Onion News Network (won)
Primetime Emmy Award
- 2012 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series – Saturday Night Live (nominated)
- 2013 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series – Saturday Night Live (nominated)
- 2014 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series – Saturday Night Live (nominated)
- 2015 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series – Saturday Night Live (nominated)
- 2015 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Variety, Music, or Comedy Special – Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special (nominated)
Writers Guild of America Award
- 2012 Writers Guild of America Award for Television: Comedy/Variety (Including Talk) – Series – Saturday Night Live (nominated)
- 2013 Writers Guild of America Award for Television: Comedy/Variety (Including Talk) – Series – Saturday Night Live (nominated)
- 2014 Writers Guild of America Award for Television: Comedy/Variety (Including Talk) – Series – Saturday Night Live (nominated)
- 2015 Writers Guild of America Award for Television: Comedy/Variety (Including Talk) – Series – Saturday Night Live (nominated)
- 2015 Writers Guild of America Award for Television: Comedy Series – Broad City (nominated)
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Chris Kelly Interview
“He speaks with Indiewire”
How did you find out you got into Sundance?
It was crazy. I heard from Naomi Scott and Adam Scott,
my producers, and Adam was on the call. Naomi called me to ask some dumb
question about post-production minutiae, and I was like, “Why are they both on
this call?” But then they were like, “No, we’re just kidding, you got into Sundance.”
It was so cool. I really tried not to think about it because everything has
been a nice surprise, so I didn’t want to think about this like an end goal. Then
when we found out we got to open [the festival], I felt embarrassed.
You’re a full-time writer on “Saturday Night Live” and you’ve done work on “Broad City.” How did you find the time to make your first feature?
Just forcing myself. I wrote a really rough draft version
of it with no intension of, “I’m going to make a movie now.” I wanted to force myself to write something
longer and more sustained. Also, I’m a comedy writer, but I never
intended to only do comedy, so I wanted to write something more tonally serious
where the comedy comes from sadness.
Did you want to subvert the kind of expectations that come with being an “SNL” writer for this film?
I never went out of my way to trick people, but when
people would do pre-screening write-ups they would say, “Oh, this is going to be a
fun comedy,” which is fine, I don’t mind that. It was interesting surprising a
lot of people. And there is comedy [in the film] at times, but that last 20 minutes, there
are no jokes there, folks.
You do open the film with Molly Shannon’s character dying, so it’s obvious from the get-go that there is going to be some tough stuff here.
I wanted that death scene first for two reasons. One, because
it sets up the tone, so people know that this is what you can expect. I also wanted
everyone to know that she dies because I didn’t want the movie to be about, “Well, does she or doesn’t she?” I always like when I see movies with that sad irony
and all the characters are scrambling because you know it’s going to happen, so
what do you do until the end?
I liked the movie starting very realistically,
and having this broader comedy element to it, and then immediately smash
cutting to other people. You’re seeing
the movie through the eyes of a comedy writer and as someone who “escaped” a
small town to New York City, [who has] the tendency to see other people as jokes
or punchlines. The quirky aunt, the woman who called at the wrong time, the
grandparents who are funny…
The goal was to start a little broader
and to have the audience view other people as funny and then, by the end, it
turns out everyone is sad, too, and everyone else is a real person, and if the
main character bothered to pay attention to them more you would see that they
aren’t just funny, but they are full people with their own stories. I’m not saying the main character is a selfish a
piece of shit, but there is that selfishness like, “I can’t believe this is
happening to me. I’m a with-it person. This happens to other people,” which is
insane to think.
I know this is a
personal story for you. How soon after your mother passed away did you start writing this?
My mom past away in September 2009 and I wrote the first
draft of this in the summer of 2012. It didn’t just happen and instantly I was
like “I’m going to write a movie about this.” It was when I decided I wanted to try
to write a feature. I wanted to write something I felt I could do in a truthful
You assembled a pretty great cast for this. How did you snag Molly Shannon?
I knew I wanted Molly Shannon. I would say to my managers, “God, I would love Molly Shannon to be in this,” and they were like, “You know
you don’t have producers and you just finished script.” But I was like, “Could
you imagine if she was in it!”
On “SNL,” she was always my favorite. She’s so funny
and so sad. It’s loosely autobiographical, but I don’t look at the movie and
see my dad as that, or myself, or my sisters, but I do see my mom, and it was
kind of accidental. She’s very similar to my mom and so funny and a smartass
and very strong. It was hard to direct her, because I do feel like I’m with my
mom a bit now.
Do you feel like
you got a lot of your sense of humor from your mom?
Oh, for sure, and I hope that element is in there. Even
the scene with the grandparents who are funny storytellers; he’s telling all
these exaggerated stories that he’s clearly making up, but he’s making them up
for comedic effect. My grandpa who would tell stories that were 90% lies because
he’s like, “That’s a good story.” My mom was a storyteller and kind of a smartass.
What do your
sisters think about the film?
When my sister first read it, she was crying because she was
like, “I never really knew all the things that you were thinking.” It’s probably
a very surreal experience to see something like that through the lens of
someone else. They’ve been nothing but supportive. It’s probably very weird
for them, but in a good way.
You had to miss “Saturday Night Live” this week to be here. That must have been very weird.
It’s so funny, because I missed the show this week, but I weirdly had sketches in
it because I was there for the writing nights, but I didn’t know anything else
going into the show. I watched the sketches on Sunday morning and guessed who
wrote which and I was right on all of them because they have such distinct
voices. I can’t believe they still managed to put it on. [Laughs]
I always kind of wish that the credits included who wrote which sketches.
Yeah, I always think that, but also it’s such a collaborative
thing it would be a little bit of a lie. Because you take it to a table read
and then people give you such great jokes. You know some people have real
ownership over sketches, but it changes so much throughout the week it would be
rude to say, “Only I wrote this one, you know.”
How did you
become an “SNL” writer?
Well, you follow one job after another, and it’s only been
comedy, which I love. I worked at The Onion before that, then I worked at
Funny or Die for a couple months.
my third year applying. I had applied two times before and didn’t get it. I
had just moved to LA to work for Funny or Die and bought a car and then I got it.
I interviewed with Seth Meyers and John Mulaney, and then they just told me to
Then I got a call saying Lorne [Michaels] wanted to meet with me and I was too
nervous. I was like, “Just tell me yes or no.” But he was in LA and I was in LA
and he wanted to have a drink. He was so nice and he told me I already had the
job and he just wanted to meet. But I had so envisioned the moment of getting
it and like dropping to my knees and sobbing, but then I had to politely eat