Kristen Schaal is an American actress, voice artist, writer, and comedian. She is best known for her roles as Mel on the HBO series Flight of the Conchords, Louise Belcher on FOX animated comedy Bobs Burgers, and Mabel Pines on Gravity Falls. Other notable roles include her appearances as a commentator on The Daily Show, Amanda Simmons on The Hotwives of Orlando, Hazel Wassername onRock, Victoria Best on WordGirl, Trixie from the Toy Story franchise, and Anne on Wilfred. Since 2015, she has costarred alongside Will Forte in the Fox comedy The Last Man on Earth, playing the role of Carol.
Schaal was born in Longmont, Colorado, to a Lutheran family of Dutch ancestry. She was raised on her familys cattle farm, in a rural area near Boulder. Her father is a construction worker and her mother is a secretary. She has a brother, David, who is three years older. She graduated from Northwestern University and then moved to New York in 2000 to pursue a comedy career. In 2005, she had her first break when she was included in New York magazines article The Ten Funniest New Yorkers Youve Never Heard Of.