Who is Abbi Jacobson?
American actress and comedienne Abbi Jacobson, was born in Wayne, Pennsylvania USA on 1 February 1984, making her zodiac sign Aquarius. She’s had roles in close to 40 movies and TV series, and is probably best known for her voicing of lead characters Katie and Dog Cop in the 2021 animated adventure comedy movie “The Mitchells vs the Machines”, directed by Michael Rianda and Jeff Rowe, and which also starred Danny McBride and Maya Rudolph. It follows a dysfunctional family who’ve found themselves in the midst of a robot apocalypse; the movie won 46 of its 105 award nominations, including an Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film.
Education and early life
Abbi was raised in Wayne alongside her older brother Brian, by their father Alan Jacobson who was a graphic designer, and mother Susan Komm who was an artist; Abbi’s parents are Jewish.
She attended Valley Forge Middle School, but it was only after she enrolled at Conestoga High School that she became interested in comedy and acting; she often appeared in school plays, and performed stand-up comedy on several occasions.
Abbi matriculated in 2002, and then enrolled at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, from which she graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 2006; she also spent a year studying acting at Emerson College, as well as a year studying stand-up comedy under American poet Jeremy Sigler.
Abbi then moved to New York City, and began studying acting at both the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre and the Atlantic Theatre Company.
Roles in movies
Abbi’s debut film role was her playing of Danielle in the 2009 science fiction “Revelation 13”, and some of her following roles were in the 2010 short comedy “Doritos Robbers”, and in 2011 the short comedy “Special Things to Do” and the short fantasy comedy “Upload”.
The year 2014 saw her play Studio Mate in the comedy “Intimate Semaphores”, written and directed by T. J. Misny, and which starred Betsy Aidem, Glenn Alba and Michael Borne. The film comprises three short stories about art, and won one of its two award nominations. In 2016, Abbi portrayed Jessica Baiers in the hit comedy “Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising”, and was then cast to play Claire in the 2017 comedy “Person to Person”.
In 2017, Abbi voiced Nya in the critically acclaimed animated action adventure “The Lego Ninjago Movie”, directed by Charlie Bean and Paul Fisher, and which starred Jackie Chan, Dave Franco and Fred Armisen. It follows the son of an evil warlord who’s trying to defeat his father with his fellow ninjas; the film was nominated for seven awards.
Abbi’s since had roles in only two movies: the 2018 drama “6 Balloons” and the 2021 short animated action “Dog Cop 7: The Final Chapter” (voice role).
Roles in TV series
Abbi’s debut TV series role was her playing of Daughter of Smoker in the 2010 comedy “Acting Reel Master Database”, and in 2010 and 2011, she portrayed the lead character in the short comedy “Broad City”, created by Ilana Glazer and Abbi, and in which the girls starred alongside Eliot Glazer. It follows the everyday lives of two women from New York City, and the series won an Iron Mule Short Comedy Screening Series Judge’s Award – July.
Abbi could then have been seen appearing in an episode of the short comedy “Jest Originals”, the short comedy mini-series “Moms v. Pros”, and the comedy “Rejected Pitches”.
From 2015 to 2018, she voiced Sneaky Patty in the popular short animated adventure “Pickle and Peanut”, created by Noah Jones and Joel Trussell, and which starred Johnny Pemberton and Jon Heder. It follows a freewheeling peanut and an emotional pickle as they go on adventure together, and the series won one of its five award nominations.
From 2014 to 2019, Abbi portrayed the lead character in all the 26 episodes of the comedy “Hack Into Broad City”, as well as the lead character in all the 50 episodes of the comedy “Broad City”.
Since 2018, she’s been voicing the main character Bean in the animated action adventure “Disenchantment”, created by Matt Groening and Josh Weinstein, and which also starred Eric Andre and Nat Faxon. It follows Princess Tiabeanie ‘Bean’ who doesn’t want to marry Prince Merkimer, and has rather embarked on an adventure with the demon Luci and the elf Elfo; the series was nominated for a 2019 International Online Cinema Award for Best Animated Program.
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Abbi produced 21 episodes of the series “Hack Into Broad City”, all the 50 episodes of the series “Broad City” and eight episodes of the 2022 sports comedy series “A League of Their Own”; she also wrote all of these, including the 2016 episode “Paul W. Downs” of the comedy series “The Characters”.
She received special thanks for the 2016 short comedy movie “The Realest Real”.
Abbi’s appeared in numerous talk-shows, most recently in “Today”, “Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!”, and “The Drew Barrymore Show”.
Awards and nominations
Abbi’s won three of her 15 award nominations, with her wins including an Annie Award for Outstanding Achievement for Voice Acting in an Animated Feature and an Austin Film Critics Association Award for Best Voice Acting/Animated/Digital Performance, both in 2022 for “The Mitchells vs the Machines”.
She was also nominated for four Primetime Emmy Awards for her performance in “Hack Into Broad City”.
Love life and relationships
Abbi only occasionally speaks about her love life in public; she revealed in a 2018 interview that she was attracted to both men and women, but that she’d only date people if they have a good sense of humor, and are doing something they love.
Since October 2020, Abbi’s been in a relationship with South African actress and comedienne Jodi Balfour; Jodi’s had roles in over 30 movies and TV series, and is probably best known for her playing of the supporting character Ellen Wilson in the science fiction series “For All Mankind” since 2018.
In August 2022, Abbi and Jodi revealed that they had become engaged.
There are rumors circulating the internet, claiming that Abbi had previously dated American comedienne and actress Ilana Glazer, but this hasn’t been confirmed.
Abbi’s engaged to Jodi Balfour as of January 2023, hasn’t married and doesn’t have children.
Interesting facts and hobbies
Abbi’s the author of two coloring books. Her first “Color This Book: New York City and Color This Book: San Francisco” was published in 2013, and was followed by “Carry This Book” in October 2016. She published her third book “I Might Regret This: Essays, Drawings, Vulnerabilities, and Other Stuff” on 30 October 2018, and it’s a compilation of her short stories and personal essays, which are about her sexuality, first experience with a woman and issues of identity.
Abbi’s followed by more than a million people on Instagram, and has posted over 1,200 pictures and videos onto the social media network; most of her content features her spending time with her friends.
She’s an avid table tennis and baseball player; she played baseball during her teenage years.
Abbi’s favorite actors are Eddie Redmayne and Robert Duvall, and some of her favorite movies are “The Good Nurse”, “The Trial of the Chicago 7” and “Secondhand Lions”.
Height, eyes and wealth
Abbi’s age is 38. She has brown eyes and hair, is 5ft 6ins (1.66m) tall and weighs about 125lbs (56kgs).
Abbi’s net worth’s been estimated at over $6 million, as of January 2023.