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Saturday Night Live Alum Abby Elliott Hits the How I Met Your Mother Lode

Saturday Night Live’s Abby Elliott is ready for primetime.

The actress, who in August announced she was leaving NBC’s sketch comedy institution, has nabbed an arc on CBS’ How I Met Your Mother, EW.com reports.

Elliott will play a nutball named Janeane whose insanity proves irresistible for one member of the HIMYM crew. As you might’ve guessed, things wind up going badly.

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If there are more guest spots in Elliott’s future, may we suggest her playing a quirky relative of New Girl’s Jess, the same way Zooey Deschanel did with sister Emily on Bones? It’d be a real shame to waste all that whole Quirky Girl With Zooey Deschanel thing she nailed on SNL.

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HIMYM returns to CBS Monday, Sept. 24 at 8/7c.

Comments (15)

  • Did she take career advice from her dad? Short stint on SNL…check. Guest role on HIMYM…check. Now if we can get her in a reboot of Get A Life… :)

    I’m not complaining though, I’m a big fan of the Elliott family brand of comedy.

    Comment by Tony Glass (@tglass1976) – August 27, 2012 12:23 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • She’s 3rd generation. Her grandad, Bob Elliott was one half of Bob & Ray, a 50s radio comedy team that are still funny.
      Google “Slow Talkers of America”.

      Comment by Rock Golf – August 27, 2012 12:54 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Yep, love Bob & Ray too. Just thought it was interesting that she was guesting on a show her dad also has a role on after just leaving a show that her dad also was a castmember of once.

        Comment by Tony Glass (@tglass1976) – August 27, 2012 01:05 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Chris Elliott is currently the star of his own show on AdultSwim and its hysterical — check out “Eagleheart” if you haven’t seen it.

      Comment by bhm1304 – August 27, 2012 04:47 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The “one member of the gang” has to be Ted. He’s the only one who will be single!

    Comment by alix – August 27, 2012 12:36 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I’m thinking that it might be Barney. Something is going to have to happen to break him and Quinn up.

      Comment by Sg.Grant – August 27, 2012 03:24 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • According to the EW report, Abby Elliott will not be appearing on HIMYM until sometime next year. Quinn will be long gone by then. And TVLine has covered that the Quinn break up will likely be spurred by pre-nup negotiations.

        Comment by alix – August 28, 2012 07:33 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • It might be worht mentioning that Abby’s dad in real life, Chris Elliott, plays Lily’s dad on HIMYM.

    Comment by Rock Golf – August 27, 2012 12:48 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Yes, and a little known bit of trivia. She has the distinction of having her birth announced on Late Night with David Letterman! :-)

      Comment by TV Gord – August 27, 2012 07:00 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I would love to see more of her than “just” a guest spot, especially on one of my favorite sitcoms on the air. Even if she were on Glee I would follow her to Fox if it meant seeing her do her thing every week. But a guest spot here and there is squandering her talents and she deserves more than that.

    Comment by Will – August 27, 2012 12:49 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Abby looks like she could be Jayma Mays’ sister. So if Glee wants to give Jayma’s character a sister, Abby would be perfect.

      Comment by Lois – August 27, 2012 07:10 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • i didnt know chris was her dad they look nothing alike. maybe barney falls for her .

    Comment by ollie – August 27, 2012 01:33 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • As long as its not Barney, then I will be happy. Its bad enough that I have to sit thru Robin/Nick and Barney/Quinn for the beginning of the season, one more love interest for Barney (who’s not Robin) would just be one too many.

    Comment by justsomegirl – August 27, 2012 04:01 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Yeah, it’s got to be Ted. I think Quinn was one love interest too many for Barney last season, and we already know he ends up with Robin.

    Comment by Little Scarf Girl – August 28, 2012 09:50 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Anybody think it could possibly be Marshall? They never said the member of the gang has a relationship with her, just finds her attractive. I think it could be funny watching Marshall struggle with his attraction for this Janeann character, seeing as how he’s so devoted to Lily.

    Comment by justsomegirl – August 28, 2012 05:56 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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