Kristen Schaal

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Actress • Comedian • Writer

Birth Date: January 24, 1978

Age: 46 years old

Birth Place: Longmont, Colorado

She may have an oddly spelled last name (it's pronounced shall, as in "call"), but Kristen Schaal's rapid rise to stardom is anything but strange. A mainstay of New York's comedy clubs throughout the early 2000s, Schaal made a name for herself as Mel on HBO's surrealist musical comedy, "Flight of the Conchords" (HBO, 2007-09), and soon followed that up with appearances on "Modern Family" (ABC, 2009- ), "The Daily Show" (Comedy Central, 1996- ), as well as a recurring role as Louise Belcher on the animated sitcom, "Bob's Burgers" (Fox, 2011- ). Already a rising comedic talent, her unmistakable high-pitched voice work, which has also included characters in "Toy Story 3" (2010), "Despicable Me 2" (2013) and "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2" (2013), has lent further credence to her status as a quirky multi-talented performer.

Raised on a cattle farm near Longmont, Colorado, Schaal graduated from Northwestern University, before moving to New York City to pursue a career as a stand-up comic. She started working her way through the New York comedy circuit, and in 2005 made the list of the "10 Funniest New Yorkers You Never Heard Of" in New York Magazine. Another career highlight came in 2006 when Schaal was awarded the prestigious "Best Alternative Comedian" award at the Aspen Comedy Arts Festival, beating out several dozen of her comedic peers.

In 2007 she was exposed to a mainstream audience for the first time after joining the cast of HBO's "Flight of the Conchords," and the following year was hired on as a special correspondent for "The Daily Show," thus becoming even more of a recognizable face on the national stage. When "Conchords" ended after two seasons in 2009, Schaal worked harder than ever, nabbing recurring parts on NBC's "30 Rock" (2006-2013), "Gravity Falls" (Disney Channel, 2012-16) and "Wilfred" (2011-14). She also played the awkward triceratops Trixie in "Toy Story 3" and lent her voice to the Fox animated series "Bob's Burgers."

2013 proved to be a banner year for Schaal-in addition to being featured in two episodes of "Archer" (FX, 2009- ), she voiced characters in the blockbuster animated films "Despicable Me 2" and "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2." In 2015, she began starring in a second Sunday night Fox sitcom alongside "Bob's Burgers." "The Last Man on Earth" (Fox 2015- ), created by and starring Will Forte, co-starred Schaal as quirky, highly-strung Carol Pilbasian, a survivor of a plague that has wiped out the rest of humanity.

Between seasons of her two series Schaal co-starred in the Robert Redford film "A Walk in the Woods" (2015), Melissa McCarthy's "The Boss" (2016), indie comedy "All Nighter" (2017), and romantic comedy "The Wedding Guest" (2017).

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After MidnightStream

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Thelma the UnicornStream

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Goat Girl
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2024

My Spy The Eternal CityStream

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Bobbi
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2024
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I Love My Kid, But...

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2023

Q Talks

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2022

Q Talks

Self
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2022

The Bob's Burgers MovieStream

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Louise Belcher
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2022
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The Mysterious Benedict Society

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Number Two
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2021
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Celebrity Wheel of FortuneStream

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2021

Seal Team

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Beth
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2021

Earth to Ned

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2020
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Death Hacks

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2020

Bill & Ted Face the MusicStream

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Kelly
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2020
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My SpyStream

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Bobbi
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2020
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Forky Asks a QuestionStream

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2019
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Bless the HartsStream

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Stacy
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2019
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Emily Heller & Friends

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2019

Good Talk With Anthony JeselnikStream

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2019

Scooby-Doo and Guess Who?Stream

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Herself
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2019

What We Do in the ShadowsStream

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The Guide
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2019
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Toy Story 4Stream

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Trixie
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2019
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Squinters

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Tina
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2018

Boundaries

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JoJo Jaconi
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2018

The Gong Show

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2017

Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie

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Edith
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2017

All Nighter

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Roberta
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2017

Austin Found

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Nancy
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2017

Literally, Right Before Aaron

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Talula
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2017

Harry

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2016

Ask the StoryBots

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Biologist
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2016

To Tell the TruthStream

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2016

Not Safe With Nikki Glaser

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2016

Gravity Falls: Between the Pines

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Mabel Pines
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2016

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2016

Big Fat Quiz of Everything

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2016

The Boss

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Scout Leader Sandy
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2016

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Gloria
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2016

The Daily Show with Trevor NoahStream

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2015

At Midnight With Chris HardwickStream

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2015

Gravity Falls Shorts

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Mabel Pines
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2015

The Boris & Nicole Show

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2015

Celebrity Family FeudStream

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The Late Late Show With James Corden

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2015

The Last Man on EarthStream

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Carol Pilbasian
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2015
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The Last Man on Earth: Extras

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2015

A Walk in the WoodsStream

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Mary Ellen
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2015
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Toy Story That Time ForgotStream

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Trixie
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2014
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The Hotwives of OrlandoStream

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Amanda Simmons
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2014

The Hotwives of Orlando

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Amanda Simmons
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2014

Last Week Tonight With John OliverStream

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Herself
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2014

Late Night With Seth MeyersStream

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2014

Gravity Falls: Mabel's Guide to Life

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2014

Big Fat Quiz of the Year 2013

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2013

The Pete Holmes Show

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2013

Toy Story of Terror!

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Trixie
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2013

Kristen Schaal: Live at the Fillmore

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2013

Kristen Schaal: Live at the Fillmore

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2013

Welcome to the Jungle

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Brenda
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2013

Despicable Me 2Stream

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Shannon
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2013
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Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2

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Barb
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2013

Eugene Mirman: An Evening of Comedy in a Fake Underground Laboratory

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2012

Just for Laughs: All Access

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2012

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2012

Home & Family

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2012

Gravity FallsStream

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2012
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Comedy Bang! Bang!Stream

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2012

Sleepwalk With MeStream

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Cynthia
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2012
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Dish Nation

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2011

Bob's BurgersStream

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Louise Belcher
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2011

Tell Your Friends! The Concert Film!

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2011

Hawaiian Vacation

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Trixie
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2011

Butter

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Carol-Ann Stevenson
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2011

ConanStream

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2010

Scared Shrekless

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Sugar
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2010

Adventure TimeStream

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Jake Jr.
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2010
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ArcherStream

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Tiffy
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2010
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John Oliver's New York Stand-Up Show

Self
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2010

Shrek Forever AfterStream

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Pumpkin Witch/Palace Witch
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2010
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Modern FamilyStream

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Whitney
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2009
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GleeStream

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Mary Halloran
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2009
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Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's AssistantStream

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Gertha Teeth
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2009
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FCU: Fact Checkers Unit

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2008

WordGirlStream

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Victoria Best
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2007

Mad MenStream

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Nannette
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2007
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Flight of the ConchordsStream

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Mel
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2007
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30 RockStream

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Hazel Wassername
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2006
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Ugly BettyStream

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Nancy
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2006
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How I Met Your MotherStream

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Laura Girard
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2005
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Spicks and Specks

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2005

American DadStream

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Girl
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2005

The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson

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2005

The Soup

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2004

Jimmy Kimmel Live!Stream

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2003

Last Call With Carson Daly

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2002

Law & Order: Criminal IntentStream

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Alana Binder
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2001

The Education of Max Bickford

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2001

Comedy Lab

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1999

Comedy Lab

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1999

The Daily Show With Jon StewartStream

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1999

Comedy Central PresentsStream

Self
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1998

Comedy Central PresentsStream

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Late Show With David Letterman

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The Tonight Show With Jay Leno

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1992

The SimpsonsStream

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Taffy
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1989
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