Life and career
Elliott is the third generation of her family to have been featured on the show (and the second to be hired as a cast member). Her father is actor and comedian Chris Elliott, who was an SNL cast member during the 1994-1995 season (season 20) and her grandfather is Bob Elliott of the popular comedy duo Bob & Ray, who co-starred on a Christmas episode in the 1978-1979 season (fourth season).
Before joining SNL, Elliott took comedy classes at The Groundlings and eventually began training and performing sketch comedy at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater (UCBT) in Los Angeles. She graduated from Immaculate High School in Danbury, Connecticut and attended Marymount Manhattan College for a semester. In 2006, Elliott appeared with small roles in the comedy pilots "You've Reached The Elliotts" and "Chrissy: Plain & Simple", both pilots starring her father, Chris Elliott. While at UCBT, she frequently performed with The Midnight Show sketch troupe. She has also occasionally performed comedy with her younger sister Bridey. Elliott joined the cast of SNL midway through the 2008–2009 season, in November 2008, to replace the departing Amy Poehler. Before joining SNL, Elliott had also done guest voices roles on King of The Hill and Minoriteam.