Actress Jen Ponton is a comedic force, consistently serving up big laughs on screen. A Muppet enthusiast, horror fanatic, and body love activist, Jen is most commonly recognized for her work on Tina Fey's “30 Rock” and "The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt."
Jen recently grabbed much attention for her guest starring roles in the comedies "Deadbeat" and "Orange is the New Black." This talented actress also delivers when it comes to dramas, guest-starring on "The Blacklist," "Blue Bloods," "Boardwalk Empire," "Law & Order: SVU," "The Slap," and "The Good Wife." A proud member of the Television Academy, Jen is the co-creator and star of the comedy series "The Weirdos Next Door," a hybrid of The Muppets and Full House.
On the festival circuit, Jen has appeared in feature films that have graced Sundance, Tribeca and SXSW. She notably stars in the film "Love on the Run," directed by Ash Christian (Petunia). She is the guileless Franny, who's suffering from a severe case of Stockholm syndrome as the hostage of hunky Rick (Steve Howey), while her dysfunctional family (Frances Fisher, Annaleigh Ashford) heads off in search of her. This dark road comedy, reminiscent of John Waters and "The Big Lebowski," is now released on VOD and digital platforms.
Two more films, Zach Braff's "Going in Style" and Liev Schreiber's "Chuck," are set to release in 2017. "Going in Style" is released in theaters by Warner Brothers, and "Chuck" (distributed by IFC Films) will be making its national premiere at Tribeca Film Festival.
This Jersey tomato of a gal graduated with a BA in Theatre from Ramapo College of New Jersey and went on to work in New York and regional theatre. She memorably tickled audiences and broke hearts off-Broadway in Halley Feiffer's pitch-black play "How to Make Friends and Then Kill Them" (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater).
Like most good New Jerseyans, Jen has never left. Raised as an only child in ultra-rural Warren County amongst corn, cows, and little else, she considers herself a country girl at heart. She married her college sweetheart and now lives in the woods of NJ with him and their very excited dog.