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Stephanie Courtney

Stephanie Courtney is an American actress and comedian, best known for playing the advertising character Flo in television and radio commercials for Progressive Insurance

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 Stephanie Courtney Biography

She's also noted for her recurring roles on several television series, including the voices of Renee the Receptionist and Joy Peters on the Adult Swim comedy Tom Goes to the Mayor (2004–2006); Marge on the AMC drama Mad Men (2007); and Diane on the ABC comedy Cavemen (2007).

She also appeared in the season 2 premiere of Men of a Certain Age. Courtney is a member of The Groundlings, an improvisational and sketch comedy theater in Los Angeles, California.

Courtney was born in Stony Point, New York, the youngest of three children of a high-school history-teacher father and a singer mother.

In 1992 she graduated from Binghamton University, where she had played Elizabeth Proctor in The Crucible. By then, she said, “I was never tortured over whether I wanted to become an actor. There was never another option in my mind.”

After graduation, she moved to New York City, where her roommate was future author and columnist Megan Daum.

While working as evening secretary for Smith Barney chairman Robert S. Greenhill, Courtney studied acting at the Neighborhood Playhouse.

She moved to Los Angeles, where she roomed with her sister, actress Jennifer Courtney. The two wrote and performed the sketch "Those Courtney Girls" in Los Angeles and at the Aspen Comedy Festival.

She joined the training program of the improvisational and sketch comedy group The Groundlings, and in 2004 became a member of its 30-person main company.

There she met its theater's lighting director, Scott Kolanach,whom she married in 2008.

During her early time in Los Angeles she worked odd jobs to support herself, including catering.

Courtney broke into television commercials with a Bud Light beer ad on a Super Bowl. She went on to appear in commercials for Skittles, SC Johnson Glade products, General Mills, and Weinerschnitzel.

She began her role as Flo, a quirky, chipper sales clerk in an abstract insurance retail store in a series of Progressive Auto Insurance commercials in 2008

The campaign's designer, Progressive executive Chris Owens, said in 2010, "We wanted to show how easy it was to buy insurance and how Progressive was a great value. We decided to put a fun and energetic face on it, someone who had a great personality and was friendly with customers. Stephanie came to the audition and gave such an amazing performance, everyone looked at each other and said, 'She's our girl.'"

The actress considers the character "me at my silliest. You start off with a script, but at the end they usually let me put a little zinger in there. ... Flo could be one of my improv characters, always on and sort of cracked in a weird way."

To create the look, "They tease my hair, spray it and stick the headband in it. And the makeup is like painting a portrait on my face. ... It totally changes things on my face. It's like having a mask on."

The character's sex appeal to some viewers baffles her, she said: "I don't know what it is.

The way I play her, she's pretty much the most asexual thing on TV right now. I think the Geico lizard puts out more sexual vibes than Flo does."

She has appeared in such films as The Brothers Solomon, Blades of Glory, The Heartbreak Kid, Melvin Goes to Dinner, for which she and the ensemble cast were awarded the Copper Wing at the 2003 Phoenix Film Festival, and Fred: The Movie.

Courtney was a member of the improv team Sliced Bread, which appeared on the improv-comedy competition World Cup Comedy on the Ion Network, then the Pax Network.

She appeared on the season-three episode "Dad" of Angel, as well as on a season-seven episode of House M.D., entitled "Selfish", the Everybody Loves Raymond episode "Cookies" and the United States of Tara episode "Aftermath

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Stephanie Courtney

Stephanie Courtney is an American actress and comedian, best known for playing the advertising character Flo in television and radio commercials for Progressive Insurance

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Stephanie Courtney Biography

She's also noted for her recurring roles on several television series, including the voices of Renee the Receptionist and Joy Peters on the Adult Swim comedy Tom Goes to the Mayor (2004–2006); Marge on the AMC drama Mad Men (2007); and Diane on the ABC comedy Cavemen (2007).

She also appeared in the season 2 premiere of Men of a Certain Age. Courtney is a member of The Groundlings, an improvisational and sketch comedy theater in Los Angeles, California.

Courtney was born in Stony Point, New York, the youngest of three children of a high-school history-teacher father and a singer mother.

In 1992 she graduated from Binghamton University, where she had played Elizabeth Proctor in The Crucible. By then, she said, “I was never tortured over whether I wanted to become an actor. There was never another option in my mind.”

After graduation, she moved to New York City, where her roommate was future author and columnist Megan Daum.

While working as evening secretary for Smith Barney chairman Robert S. Greenhill, Courtney studied acting at the Neighborhood Playhouse.

She moved to Los Angeles, where she roomed with her sister, actress Jennifer Courtney. The two wrote and performed the sketch "Those Courtney Girls" in Los Angeles and at the Aspen Comedy Festival.

She joined the training program of the improvisational and sketch comedy group The Groundlings, and in 2004 became a member of its 30-person main company.

There she met its theater's lighting director, Scott Kolanach,whom she married in 2008.

During her early time in Los Angeles she worked odd jobs to support herself, including catering.

Courtney broke into television commercials with a Bud Light beer ad on a Super Bowl. She went on to appear in commercials for Skittles, SC Johnson Glade products, General Mills, and Weinerschnitzel.

She began her role as Flo, a quirky, chipper sales clerk in an abstract insurance retail store in a series of Progressive Auto Insurance commercials in 2008

The campaign's designer, Progressive executive Chris Owens, said in 2010, "We wanted to show how easy it was to buy insurance and how Progressive was a great value. We decided to put a fun and energetic face on it, someone who had a great personality and was friendly with customers. Stephanie came to the audition and gave such an amazing performance, everyone looked at each other and said, 'She's our girl.'"

The actress considers the character "me at my silliest. You start off with a script, but at the end they usually let me put a little zinger in there. ... Flo could be one of my improv characters, always on and sort of cracked in a weird way."

To create the look, "They tease my hair, spray it and stick the headband in it. And the makeup is like painting a portrait on my face. ... It totally changes things on my face. It's like having a mask on."

The character's sex appeal to some viewers baffles her, she said: "I don't know what it is.

The way I play her, she's pretty much the most asexual thing on TV right now. I think the Geico lizard puts out more sexual vibes than Flo does."

She has appeared in such films as The Brothers Solomon, Blades of Glory, The Heartbreak Kid, Melvin Goes to Dinner, for which she and the ensemble cast were awarded the Copper Wing at the 2003 Phoenix Film Festival, and Fred: The Movie.

Courtney was a member of the improv team Sliced Bread, which appeared on the improv-comedy competition World Cup Comedy on the Ion Network, then the Pax Network.

She appeared on the season-three episode "Dad" of Angel, as well as on a season-seven episode of House M.D., entitled "Selfish", the Everybody Loves Raymond episode "Cookies" and the United States of Tara episode "Aftermath

Stephanie Courtney Videos

  • The Second Coming (with Stephanie Courtney) - YouTube
  • Stephanie Courtney's (Progressive's Flo) Quick Interview! - YouTube

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  • How to book Stephanie Courtney?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Stephanie Courtney for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Stephanie Courtney, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Stephanie Courtney or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Stephanie Courtney?

    Booking fees for Stephanie Courtney, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Stephanie Courtney, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Stephanie Courtney?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Stephanie Courtney for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Stephanie Courtney for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Stephanie Courtney or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Stephanie Courtney or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Stephanie Courtney is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Stephanie Courtney for your event is available upon request. Stephanie Courtney generally travels from Los Angeles, CA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Tim Heidecker, Chelsea Handler, Eric Wareheim, Chelsea Peretti and Kate McKinnon. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Stephanie Courtney for an upcoming event.

Stephanie Courtney Speaker Videos

  • The Second Coming (with Stephanie Courtney) - YouTube
    Stephanie Courtney's (Progressive's Flo) Quick Interview! - YouTube

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