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If you watch NBC's The Office religiously like we do, you've probably noticed Dunder Mifflin's cute new secretary, played by Ellie Kemper. This St. Louis native has had quite a career so far, working with comedy troupes like the People's Improv Theatre and the Upright Citizens Brigade, writing for smart publications like The Onion and McSweeney's, and appearing in sketches on various late night shows and websites. And after her breakout Office role, she should be a household name in no time. Watch 5 clips that made us take notice of Ellie Kemper below...
MAKING FRIENDS ON THE OFFICE (2009)
With Pam finally making sales of her own, Dunder Mifflin needed a fresh face to man the receptionist's desk. Ellie's character Erin Hannon struggles to fit in, but quickly learns that this is no normal working environment.
GIVING DOME IN A COLLEGE HUMOR SKIT (2007)
Ellie has made tons of hilarious web shorts (seriously, search her name on youtube), most famously with this CollegeHumor sketch that got over 14 million views, and rightly so. Would you let her make it dry for you?
WAKING UP WITH A TARANTULA IN A COMMERCIAL FOR KMART (2006)
While working on her edgy comedy career, Ellie also started getting some mainstream commercial work. In this memorable ad for Kmart Tents, she makes a hairy new 8-legged friend.
IMAGINING THE IPHONE ON LATE NIGHT WITH CONAN O'BRIEN (2007)
Before getting cast as a regular on The Office, Ellie popped up in skits on shows like Conan, Very Important Things With Demetri Martin, and The Colbert Report. This fake iPhone commercial dropped six months before the real thing came out.
SHOWING HER "SUBTLE SEXUALITY" IN THE OFFICE (2009)
In this web-based music video starring The Office's new supergroup, Ellie and the great Mindy Kaling break out their musical chops. This video > Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance."