Mary Lynn Rajskub was born on June 22, 1971 in Trenton, Michigan. She graduated from the San Francisco Art Institute majoring in painting, but has also taken lessons in music and acting, and has performed as a stand-up comedian in various venues. She made her television debut in 1995, when she became part of the original cast of the sketch show Mr. Show with Bob and David. She played various characters on the show until leaving at the end of the second season.
Owing to her background as a comedian, most of Rajskub’s early screen credits involved comedy films and television shows. She made her film debut in the 1996 comedy The Truth About Cats & Dogs, although she only did voice work. Her first on-screen film role was in another comedy, the 1997 independent release Who’s the Caboose? Aside from roles in television comedies such as The Weird Al Show, NewsRadio and Shasta McNasty, she had a minor supporting role in the acclaimed comedy The Larry Sanders Show, where she played assistant talent booker Mary Lou Collins. She also had a recurring role in the Kirstie Alley sitcom Veronica’s Closet.
Rajskub continued appearing in comedies at the onset of the new millennium, but she started shifting towards more dramatic roles. Aside from roles in shows such as Good Morning, Miami, The King of Queens and Just Shoot Me!, she appeared in films like Dude, Where’s My Car?, Storytelling, Sweet Home Alabama, Legally Blonde 2 and Little Miss Sunshine. In 2003, she got a role in the action series 24, where she played the role of CTU computer analyst Chloe O’Brian. Originally a recurring player, acclaim from both audiences and critics led to her being promoted to a regular player; she eventually became the series’ primary female lead from its seventh season. Later on, she was cast in the 2011 CBS series How to Be a Gentleman.
She is part of the Girls Guitar Club comic duo.
Her last name is pronounced "Rice-Cub."
She is a stand-up comedian, and performs at comedy clubs around L.A.
She is a Graduate of Trenton High School, Trenton, Michigan.
She attended Detroit's College for Creative Studies, majoring in painting, before she transferred to the San Francisco Art Insitute.
She is an avid and prolific painter.
She owns a poodle named Claire.
She is of Czech and Irish origin.
2011: Raising Hope (TV series) - Tanya
2011: Modern Family (TV series) - Tracy
2011: How to Be a Gentleman (TV series) - Janet
2010: Camera Obscura (short) - Ruth
2010: I Confess (TV movie) - Mary Lynn Rajskub
2010: Royal Pains (TV series) - Blake
2004-2010: 24 (TV series) - Chloe O'Brian
2010: Backwash (TV series) - Narrator
2009: It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (TV series) - Gail the Snail
2009: Julie & Julia - Sarah
2009: The Smallest Co%k in Porn (video short)
2009: The Flight of the Conchords (TV series) - Art Garfunkel fanatic
2008: The Middleman (TV series) - Dr. Gibbs
2008: Sunshine Cleaning - Lynn
2007: Human Giant (TV series) - Mindy
2007: The Simpsons (TV series) - Chloe O'Brian
2007: Humble Pie - Peggy Orbison
2006: Freak Show (TV series) - Mary Lynn
2006: Grilled - Renee
2002-2006: Gilmore Girls (TV series) - 'Girlfriend' in Kirk's Film/Troubadour
2006: 24: The Game (Video Game) - Chloe O'Brian (voice)
2006: Firewall - Janet Stone
2006: Little Miss Sunshine - Pageant Assistant Pam
2005: Kelsey Grammer Presents: The Sketch Show (TV series) - Various
2004: Mysterious Skin - Avalyn Friesen
2004: Helter Skelter (TV movie) - Lynette 'Squeaky' Fromme
2004: Home Movies (TV series) - Penny
2003: Good Morning, Miami (TV series) - Hollis
2003: Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde - Reena Giuliani
2003: Claustrophobia - Grace
2002: The King of Queens (TV series) - Priscilla Stasna
2002: Sweet Home Alabama - Dorothea
2002: Punch-Drunk Love - Elizabeth
2001: Just Shoot Me! (TV series) - Penny
2001: The Girls Guitar Club (short) - Mary Lynn
2001: Late Friday (TV series) - Girls Guitar Club/ Mary Lynn Margolis
2001: The Downer Channel (TV series) - Various
2001: The Anniversary Party - Mary-Lynn
2001: Storytelling - Melinda
2000: Dude, Where's My Car? - Zelmina - Cult Member
2000: Sunset Strip - Eileen
1999-2000: Veronica's Closet (TV series) - Chloe
2000: Road Trip - Blind Brenda
1999: Man on the Moon - 'Fridays' Mary
1999: Magnolia - Janet, Frank's Assistant (voice)
1999: Shasta McNasty (TV series) - Diana
1999: Tracey Takes On... (TV series)
1998: The Army Show (TV series) - Sgt. Madeline Tipton
1998: The Thin Pink Line - Suzy Smokestack
1998: Bury Me in Kern County - Amanda
1996-1998: The Larry Sanders Show (TV series) - Mary Lou Collins/Marylou Collins
1998: NewsRadio (TV series) - Waitress
1997: The Weird Al Show (TV series) - Weather Woman
1997: Over the Top (TV series) - Linda
1997: Who's the Caboose? - Cheeseball Eater
1995-1996: Mr. Show with Bob and David (TV series) - Various
1996: The Truth About Cats & Dogs - Female Radio Caller (voice)
1996: Mr. Show with Bob and David: Fantastic Newness (TV movie) - Various Characters
"I have to paint at least two times a week, and there's not enough time in the day to do everything." - on art and acting
"I'm not married and I don't think that's going to work out for me. I'm not even bitter, I'm just exhausted." - on marriage and relationships