Flannery in 2009
|Alma mater||Shenandoah University|
University of the Arts
|Occupation||Actress, Singer, Comedienne|
|Meredith Palmer on The Office|
|Chris Haston (2006–present)|
|Awards||Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Nomination|
Kate Flannery (born June 10, 1964) is an American actress, who is best known for her work throughout television. She portrayed Meredith Palmer on the NBC series The Office, and had the voice role of Carol in the animated series OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes.
Flannery was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, daughter of parents Joan and Tom Flannery, and was raised in the suburb of Ardmore, Pennsylvania. She studied for two years at Shenandoah Conservatory in Virginia and then transferred to the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. She has five sisters and a brother, and is three minutes younger than her twin sister, who is a social worker.
A former member of The Second City's National Touring Company, Flannery is an original member of Chicago's Annoyance Theater, where she appeared in over 15 shows including The Miss Vagina Pageant and The Real Live Brady Bunch.
The Lampshades, her cult comedy lounge act with veteran improviser Scot Robinson, has been running in Hollywood and in comedy festivals all over the country since 2001 and was seen at the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Colorado. The Lampshades was New York magazine's "LA Pick" for 2006, and was declared "Best Saturday Comedy Show of the Year" by LA Weekly.
Flannery has been touring with Jane Lynch as her sidekick on stage since 2013 in her show See Jane Sing with Tim Davis and the Tony Guerrero Quintet, playing the Kennedy Center, Joe's Pub, the Borgata and 30 cities. Flannery was in the long running New York hit, Nora Ephron's Love, Loss, and What I Wore. She also played Neely O'Hara in Off Broadway hit Valley of the Dolls at the Circle in the Square Theatre in New York City and Los Angeles. Also in Los Angeles, she played the teen prostitute and Blair's sister in The Phacts of Life at the Renberg Theatre and in the Lily Tomlin/Jane Wagner production of Three Feet Under at The Evidence Room.
She is the former musical director of the Los Angeles Drama Club, teaching Shakespeare to children and young adults.
Flannery appeared as the alcoholic, divorced, single mother Meredith Palmer on the television comedy The Office. Before The Office, she made appearances on The Bernie Mac Show, Boomtown, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and Jimmy Kimmel Live!
In 2008, Flannery was a talent scout on Last Comic Standing with her Office costar Brian Baumgartner, and she appeared with the cast of The Office on Celebrity Family Feud. In 2010 she played Harper's mom on the Disney Channel's Wizards of Waverly Place as Elaine Finkle.
She was a contestant on 19 episodes of Celebrity Name Game, two episodes of Hollywood Game Night with Jane Lynch. Flannery also appeared on Don't Forget the Lyrics and hosted Standup in Stilettos for two seasons on the TV Guide network.
In 2016, she recurred on ABC's American Housewife as Crossing Guard Sandy, played a janitor in an episode of Brooklyn Nine-Nine, appeared on FOX's New Girl and MTV's Mary+Jane, and in 2017 recurred on Cartoon Network's Steven Universe as Barbara "Barb" Miller.
Jane Lynch's Christmas album A Swingin' Little Christmas features Kate Flannery, and reached #8 on the Billboard top 100 charts.
Flannery was a member of the band Mono Puff under the stage name "Lady Puff". She toured with the band and sang on their second album, It's Fun to Steal.
|1999||Can't Stop Dancing||Tonia|
|2000||Amy Stiller's Breast||Reporter||Short film|
|2002||Life Without Dick||Crampy Legs Partygoer|
|2005||The Heir Apparent||Heidi||Short film|
|2005||I'm Not Gay||Secretary||Short film|
|2006||Danny Roane: First Time Director||Marla|
|2007||Jesus People||Sharon Nyenhuis||Short film|
|2007||Wild Girls Gone||Reading Circle #4|
|2009||Coco Lipshitz: Behind the Laughter||Reporter||Short film|
|2009||You||Airline Counter Girl|
|2010||Finger Babies||Teacher||Video short|
|2012||Love or Whatever||Rosemary|
|2014||Break Point||Commonwealth Rep|
|2015||Dial a Prayer||Cora's coworker|
|2015||Slow Learners||Principal Miller|
|2016||4th Man Out||Karen|
|2017||How to Get Girls||Linda Fox||Post-production|
|2001||Spyder Games||Bunny||Recurring role (5 episodes)|
|2002||Curb Your Enthusiasm||Cop #2||Episode: "The Corpse-Sniffing Dog"|
|2002||Saturday Night Live||Lucy (voice)||Episode: "Al Gore/Phish"|
|2004||Crossballs: The Debate Show||Episode: "Plastic Surgury: Nip-pocalypse?"|
|2004||The Bernie Mac Show||Christopher's Mom||Episode: "Stiff Upper Lip"|
|2005-2013||The Office||Meredith Palmer||Main role (187 episodes)|
|2006||The Office: The Accountants||Meredith Palmer||Episode: "Meredith"|
|2008||The Office: The Outburst||Meredith Palmer||Episode: "The Explanation"|
|2009||Rise and Fall of Tuck Johnson||Nikki Strokums||TV series|
|2009||The Office: Blackmail||Meredith Palmer||TV series|
|2009||The Jay Leno Show||Wendy / Mrs. Claus||Episodes: "1.10", "1.69"|
|2010||Wizards of Waverly Place||Elaine Finkle||Episode: "Wizards vs. Finkles"|
|2010||The Office: The 3rd Floor||Meredith Palmer||Episodes: "The Final Product", "Moving On"|
|2011||The Soup||Brenna||Episode: "The Soup Awards"|
|2011||The Christmas Pageant||Beverly Simmons||TV film|
|2011||The Life & Times of Tim||Irene / Jean Gillis (voice)||2 episodes|
|2013||Jessie||Corporal Cookie||Episode: "GI Jessie"|
|2015–2018||Steven Universe||Barb Miller (voice)||5 episodes|
|2015||Another Period||Anne Sullivan||Episode: "Pilot"|
|2016||Brooklyn Nine-Nine||"Mean" Marge Bronigan||Episode: "Adrian Pimento"|
|2016||New Girl||Mary Ellen||Episode: "Hubbedy Bubby"|
|2016||Disengaged||Chef||Super Deluxe web series. Episode "Food and Wine"|
|2016||American Housewife||Crossing Guard Sandy||2 episodes|
|2017–2019||OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes||Carol||Main role|
|2017||Kevin (Probably) Saves the World||Ann Russo||Episode: "How to Be Good"|
|2018||Liza on Demand||Kareoke Woman||Episode: "MoJoe"|
|2019||Young Sheldon||Nora, the high school nurse||Episode: "A Tummy Ache and a Whale of a Metaphor"|
|2019||Summer Camp Island||Georgina||Episode: "I Heart Heartforde"|
|2019||Dancing with the Stars||Contestant|
|Week #||Dance/Song||Judges' score||Result|
|1||Cha-cha-cha / "She Works Hard for the Money"||5||5||5||No Elimination|
|2||Foxtrot / "Fly Me to the Moon"||7||7||7||Safe|
|3||Quickstep / "9 to 5"||8||8||8||Safe|
|4||Argentine Tango/ "Hands to Myself"||7||71/6||6||Safe|
|5||Jazz / "A Spoonful of Sugar"||8||8||8||No Elimination|
|6||Viennese waltz / "I Have Nothing"||9||9||9||Safe|
|7||Rumba /"Wicked Game"
Team Freestyle / "Sweet Dreams"
|8||Jive /""Heat Wave""
Cha-Cha-Cha / "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)"
1 Score given by guest judge Leah Remini.