Who is Emily Spivey?
Emily Spivey was born on September 29, 1971 in Statesville, North Carolina, USA. She is an actress, producer and writer, known for creating several TV shows, including “Bless the Harts” and “Up All Night”. She has won several awards for her work as a writer, mostly thanks to her work during her tenure as a staff writer for “Saturday Night Live” (SNL).
Emily Spivey’s Wealth
As of mid 2020, Emily Spivey’s net worth is estimated to be over $1 million earned through a successful career in the entertainment industry, especially her regular behind-the-scenes work in television.
She also does occasional work, as seen in films such as “Wine Country”.
Beginning of early life, education and career
While Emily was born in Statesville, her family later moved and settled in nearby High Point, North Carolina. She became very interested in writing at an early age and considered it as a possible future profession. She attended T. Wingate Andrews High School which served her locality, and after her matriculation, enrolled at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro to complete her undergraduate degree. The university is known for its numerous programs and is the first school to offer courses in nanoscience and nanoengineering.
After graduation, she continued her studies and moved to Los Angeles where she enrolled at Loyola Marymount University to earn a master’s degree. The private university in LA is one of the largest Roman Catholic universities on the US West Coast. While living in Los Angeles, she became increasingly interested in an acting profession and decided to train both performance and improvisation. She joined the group called “The Groundlings”. while still maintaining her interests in writing.
Writing behind the scenes – Saturday Night Live
Spivey began her writing career in 2000 and joined the staff of the comedy sketch show “Mad TV”.
The show was inspired by “Mad” magazine and featured several segments, often borrowing from concepts popularized by the magazine. She stayed with the show for a year and then became a writer for the animated series “King of the Hill”. The sitcom follows the lives of the Hills family, airing on MTV, and is one of the longest-running series on Fox.
Around the same time, she was hired to be a staff writer for the late-night program “Saturday Night Live”. The show is one of the most recognized late-night programs in the US, gaining popularity in the 1980s and responsible for launching the careers of many writers and actors, many of whom would later find success in other shows.
Over the years, the show has won numerous awards, including 71 Primetime Emmys, including one for Emily in 2002; she also won a Writers Guild of American Award in 2008.
Life After Saturday Night Live – Maker’s Debut
After leaving the “SNL” staff, Emily worked as a writer for “Parks and Recreation” for a year, but left that job with the prospect of making a show, and launched the NBC sitcom “Up All Night” in 2011. , starring Will Arnett and Christina Applegate. The show tells the story of a television producer and her stay-at-home husband, who have to adjust to their new life because they have a newborn baby.
The show ran for two seasons before suddenly dropping to one gapwhich eventually led to its cancellation.
Emily then worked on the pilot for ‘Murder Police’ and wrote for ‘Modern Family’. In 2015 she joined the staff of “The last man on earth”, a television series that aired on Fox, which tells the story of a man and woman who meet in a post-apocalyptic world, where the world’s population has declined. They meet and feel the need to get married and start a family to repopulate Earth, before discovering there are other survivors.
Recent projects – bless the hearts
In 2016, Spivey worked on a number of projects, including “Maya & Marty”, which aired on NBC and starred Martin Short and Maya Marty. The show featured comedy skits and musical performances and lasted for one season. During this period, she also worked on the comedy film “Masterminds”, starring Owen Wilson, Zach Galifianakis and Kristen Wiig, and is based on the Loomis Fargo Robbery that took place in North Carolina in 1997.
In 2019 she participated in the film “Wine country‘, in which she co-starred with Jason Schwartzman, Tina Fey and Maya Rudolph in the story of a group of middle-aged women who go on a trip across California for what they perceived as wine tasting. The movie was released through Netflix to mixed reviews.
In the same year she created her second animation show – “Bless the Hearts— which aired on Fox.
Then, the series tells the story of the Harts, a working-class family in North Carolina, and is loosely based on Spivey’s life growing up in the state, starring Kirsten Wiig, Kumali Nanjiani, Maya Rudolph, and Jillian Bell. The show is also said to be inspired by “King of the Hill”, and loosely shares in its universe.
Emily married editor Scott Philbrook in 1993 and they have a son born in 2009. The two have worked together on several projects, most recently “Wine Country”. She is a big fan of various animation programs, which she followed during her childhood. Some of her favorite shows are ‘The Simpsons’ and ‘Bob’s Burgers’.