(born June 10
) is an American
actress who plays the role of Meredith Palmer
on the NBC
sitcom The Office
Flannery attended Archbishop John Carroll High School for Girls
in Radnor, Pennsylvania
. She graduated from the University of the Arts
. Her family owns a bar (TA Flannery's) in downtown Philadelphia.
A former member of The Second City
's National Touring Company, Flannery is an original member of Chicago
's Annoyance Theater, where she created over 15 shows including "The Miss Vagina Pageant" and "The Real Live Brady Bunch
The Lampshades, her comedy lounge act with veteran improviser Scot Robinson, has been running in Hollywood at the iO WEST stage for over four years and was seen at the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Colorado. The Lampshades was New York magazine's "LA Pick" for 2006 and was declared "Best Saturday Comedy Show of the Year" by LA Weekly.
Flannery played Neely O'Hara in Off Broadway
hit Valley of the Dolls
at the Circle in the Square Theatre
in New York City
and Los Angeles
. Also in Los Angeles, she played the teen prostitute and Blair's sister in The Phacts of Life
at the Renberg Theatre and in the Lily Tomlin
/Jane Wagner production of Hildy, Hildy, Three Feet Under
at The Evidence Room.
She is the musical director of the Los Angeles Drama Club, teaching Shakespeare to 5 to 8 year olds.
Flannery was a member of the band Mono Puff
using the stage name "Lady Puff". She toured with the band and sang on their second album, It's Fun To Steal
She currently appears as the alcoholic, divorced, single mother Meredith Palmer
on the television comedy The Office
. Before The Office
, she made appearances on The Bernie Mac Show
, Curb Your Enthusiasm
, and Jimmy Kimmel Live
. She currently blogs (sometimes as her Office
character) on MySpace
In 2008, she was a talent scout on Last Comic Standing with her The Office costar Brian Baumgartner, and she appeared with the cast of The Office on Celebrity Family Feud.