Writer, actress, and comedian Kristen Schaal honed her skills working in the New York improve and stand-up scene in the early 2000s. In addition to winning the Best Alternative Comedian Award at the 2006 HBO U.S. Comedy Arts Festival, along with a number of other awards, Schaal began cultivating a career onscreen, appearing on shows like The Education of Max Bickford and Ugly Betty, and in movies like Norbit. Her notoriety increased in 2007, when she took on the role of obsessive fan Mel on the comedy series Flight of the Conchords. Schaal would soon find herself part of the Hollywood comedy scene, appearing in numerous movies over the next few years, including Shrek Forever After, Get Him to the Greek, Toy Story 3, Dinner for Schmucks, and Going the Distance. She appeared in The Muppets in 2011, then was cast to voice one of the main characters in the animated series Bob's Burgers.