Aubrey Plaza portrays David’s friend “Lenny Busker,” a fellow patient who despite a life of drugs and alcohol abuse, knows that any day now her life is gonna turn around. This gives Lenny the likable energy of the impossible optimist. She lives her life like a skipping stone — always skimming, not going too deep and never, ever, sinking.
Plaza’s upcoming films include Matt Spicer’s Ingrid Goes West with Elizabeth Olsen and Jeff Baena’s The Little Hours with Alison Brie and Dave Franco. Additionally, she is currently filming a new comedy horror anthology show titled Nightmare Clinic. Plaza created the show along with Darcy Fowler, Kieran Valla and Seth Kirschner. Every episode features two celebrity guests checking into Aubrey Plaza’s Nightmare Clinic to overcome their recurring nightmares.
Previously, Plaza starred as the lead character in Maggie Carey’s The To Do List as an overachieving high-school graduate who makes it her mission to gain more sexual experience before heading off to college. She also starred in Colin Trevorrow’s critically acclaimed feature Safety Not Guaranteed opposite Mark Duplass and Jake Johnson. The film, produced by Jay and Mark Duplass, premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and received the 2013 Independent Spirit Award for “Best First Screenplay” and a nomination for “Best First Feature.” For her performance in the film, Plaza won the 2012 ALMA Award for “Favorite Movie Actress – Comedy/Musical” and the cast was nominated for a Gotham Independent Film Award for “Best Ensemble.”
Plaza’s additional film credits include Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, Dirty Grandpa, Joshy, Ned Rifle, Life After Beth, About Alex, The Driftless Area, A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charlie Swan III, 10 Years, Damsels in Distress, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Funny People and Mystery Team. She also voiced a character in Monsters University.
On television, Plaza starred as “April Ludgate” in the Emmy® nominated comedy series Parks and Recreation with Amy Poehler. Her performance garnered her nominations for an American Comedy Award for “Best Comedy Supporting Actress” in 2014 and an Imagen Foundation Award for “Best Supporting Actress/Television” in 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2014.
Additional credits include the hit online series The Jeannie Tate Show, ESPN’s original web series Mayne Street, as well as guest appearances on Welcome to Sweden, 30 Rock and Portlandia.
Plaza has been performing improv and sketch comedy at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater since 2004. She also recently began performing stand up and has appeared at the Laugh Factory and The Improv. Originally from Wilmington, Delaware, Plaza is a graduate of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.
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