Kerri Kenney-Silver

Kerri Kenney-Silver
Born Kerri Kenney
(1970-01-20) January 20, 1970
Westport, Connecticut, U.S.
Occupation Actress, comedian, singer, writer
Years active 1992–present
Spouse(s) Steven V. Silver (m. 2004)

Kerri Kenney-Silver (born January 20, 1970) is an American actress, comedian, singer and writer best known as a cast member on MTV's The State and for her role as Deputy Trudy Wiegel on the Comedy Central series Reno 911!.

Early life

Kenney-Silver was born Kerri Kenney in Westport, Connecticut, the daughter of Sharon (McGaughey) and Larry Kenney, an actor who is known for his classic voice-over work.[1] She has a sister, Ashley, and a brother, Tanner.


During the early 1990s, Kenney-Silver was the lead singer and bass guitarist of the indie rock band Cake Like.

Kenney-Silver attended NYU where she joined the sketch comedy group The New Group[2][3] which ultimately became The State.[4] The group was picked up for a self-titled sketch comedy show on MTV, The State,[3] which lasted for four seasons between 1993 and 1995. After the show's completion, Kenney-Silver continued working with her fellow troupe members on other projects. In 1996, she co-wrote and starred in Viva Variety, a parody of variety shows that aired on Comedy Central for two seasons.[5]

Kenney-Silver in character with Reno 911! co-star Thomas Lennon at Mardi Gras, 2009

In 2000, Kenney-Silver voiced the character of "Gravitina" in the children's cartoon Buzz Lightyear of Star Command. She has since done a number of voices on the Nickelodeon series Invader Zim. Additionally, she was cast as a regular on The Ellen Show, which aired until 2001. She later found success with Reno 911!,[4] a series on Comedy Central that parodied police reality shows like COPS, which also featured former members of the State, Thomas Lennon, Ben Garant, and Joe Lo Truglio. The show was cancelled in 2009 after six seasons. Kenney-Silver also appeared on the TV series Still Standing.

In July 2008, Kenney-Silver made her debut as "Dame Delilah", the title character in the web series Dame Delilah's Fantasy Ranch & Gift Shoppe. On the site, various comedians give video testimony as characters working at or otherwise visiting the fictional Cat House. Kenney-Silver created the series and it was produced by her husband, Steve Silver, and Jared Mazzaschi.[6]

Kenney-Silver was among the cast of Suburban Shootout, a pilot episode directed and executive produced by Barry Sonnenfeld for HBO. The pilot filmed in The Hamptons, Long Island, in September 2008. HBO has not announced if it will pick up the pilot for a season. The pilot is based on the British comedy of the same name.[7]

Kenney-Silver has appeared in films such as All About Steve, Reno 911!: Miami, National Lampoon's Pledge This!, Balls of Fury, The Ten, Role Models, and Wanderlust.

In December 2011 it was announced that Kenney-Silver and actress Jamie Denbo are developing a new series for Comedy Central called "Dame Delilah’s Rabbit Hole Ranch" based on a web series they previously created and starred in.

In March 2012 it was announced Kenney-Silver had been cast a lead role in the ABC comedy pilot Counter Culture about three aging sisters (Kenney, Delta Burke and Margo Martindale) running their family diner together in West Texas.[8] The pilot was not picked up for production by ABC.

In 2015 she began voicing the character of Miriam in the Nickelodeon series Harvey Beaks.[9]

In 2016 she appeared in the reoccurring role of Syd, Mickey's neighbor, in the Netflix original series Love.

Personal life

Kenney-Silver is married to cinematographer Steven V. Silver, with whom she has one son, Kai, born on August 6, 2005.



Year Title Role Notes
1997 Love God Darla
1998 Orange Quarters First Funeral Mourner
1999 Terror Firmer Woman with Eyeball in Her Cleavage
2001 Wet Hot American Summer Paco's Wife
2003 Kim Possible: The Secret Files The Bebes voice
2005 Waiting... Lilli
2006 Pledge This! Kathy Johnson
2007 The Ten Bernice Jaffe
Reno 911!: Miami Deputy Trudy Wiegel Also writer and producer
Balls of Fury Cameo appeared
The Comebacks Sports Judge
2008 Role Models Lynette Farcques
2009 All About Steve Miss Hancock
2012 Wanderlust Kathy
Fun Size Barb
2015 Hell and Back Madame Zonare voice

Television series

Year Title Role Notes
1992 You Wrote It, You Watch It Various Characters
1993–1995 The State Various
1997 Viva Variety Agatha Laupin 16 episodes

Nominated - CableACE Award for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series

1998 Hercules Gaia (voice) Episode: Hercules and the Prince of Thrace
2000 Hey Neighbor Dotty TV pilot
The Weekenders Tish's Mom (voice) Episode: To Be or Not to Be
Buzz Lightyear of Star Command Various (voice) 5 episodes
2001 Clerks Mother (voice) 2 episodes
2001–2002 The Ellen Show Pam 16 episodes
2001–2002 Invader ZIM Various (voice) 2 episodes
2002 What I Like About You Lisa Lillien Episode: Pilot
2003 Titletown TV pilot
2004 Brandy & Mr. Whiskers Mama Croc (voice) 2 episodes
Cheap Seats: Without Ron Parker Alice Karp Episode: Putt-Putt
2002–2006 Still Standing Marion Fitzsimmons 5 episodes
2006 Lovespring International Beatrice Episode: The Psychic
2002–2007 Kim Possible Bebes (voice) 5 episodes
2008 Pushing Daisies Alexandria Episode: Oh Oh Oh... It's Magic
2003–2009 Reno 911! Deputy Trudy Wiegel 88 episodes
Adventure Time Old Lady Princess Episode: When Wedding Bells Thaw
Tax Man Bethany TV pilot
Party Down Aviatrix Episode: Not on Your Wife Opening Night
Childrens Hospital Dutch Tourist Episode: Give a Painted Brother a Break
Pretend Time Mrs. Hampton Episode: Mudslide Junction
2011 Raising Hope Gwen Episode: Everybody Flirts... Sometimes
NTSF:SD:SUV 4-Sight Episode: The Birthday Party That Was Neither
Burning Love Jay TV pilot
2012 Are You There, Chelsea? Olga Episode: Surprise
Counter Culture Billie Haynes TV pilot
Anger Management Mel Episode: Charlie and the Slumpbuster
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Therapist Episode: The Gang Gets Analysed
2014 Us & Them Gwen
American Dad! Parole Officer Episode: Now and Gwen
2015 Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp Real Estate Agent Episode: "Auditions"
Harvey Beaks Miriam Voice
2016 Angie Tribeca Laurie Partridge Episode: "Ferret Royale"
Love Syd 3 episodes
Animals. Leslie (voice) Episode: "Rats."
Bajillion Dollar Propertie$ Mrs. Gullier Episode: "Amir Is Glenn's Mentor"
Lady Dynamite Ginny Kimmle Episode: "Mein Ramp"


  1. "Kerri Kenney Biography (1970–)". 1970-01-20. Retrieved 2012-02-19.
  2. Stulce, Corey (2016). The Union of The State. p. 56-57. ISBN 978-0997400519.
  3. 1 2 "15 Things You Might Not Know About 'The State'". Mental Floss. July 10, 2014. Retrieved August 30, 2016.
  4. 1 2 "The State's David Wain, Thomas Lennon and Kerri Kenney-Silver". AV Club. February 4, 2009. Retrieved August 30, 2016.
  5. "Revisiting the Surreal World of 'Viva Variety'". SplitSider. September 26, 2014. Retrieved August 30, 2016.
  6. "Dame Delilah's Fantasy Ranch & Gift Shoppe". Retrieved 2012-01-20.
  7. "Hamptons familiar location for director". 27east. Retrieved 2012-01-20.
  8. Nellie Andreeva (March 17, 2012). "'Reno 911′ Alum Kerri Kenney Lands A Lead In ABC Comedy Pilot 'Counter Culture'". Retrieved April 7, 2012.
  9. "Nerd Armada". C.H. Greenblatt. January 29, 2015. Retrieved January 29, 2015.

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