Actress and celebrity speaker Aubrey Plaza began her career as most ambitious young Americans do, as an intern. Plaza attended New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, however, college was filled with obstacles for her as she suffered a stroke in 2004, which caused temporary paralysis and expressive aphasia. Despite this challenge, the young actress was able to overcome and graduate in 2006. Upon graduation, she began doing internships, one being with Samba Post-its and the other with NBC as a page. She started performing improvisation and sketch comedy at the prestigious Upright Citizens brigade Theater. Finding that she had a knack for improv, Plaza began starring in the online series The Jeannie Tate Show, and in ESPN’s Mayne Street as Robin Gibney. She also appeared in the first episode of Terrible Decisions with Ben Schwartz on Funny or Die. She then went on to play various parts in films, such as Seth Rogen’s love interest, Daisy, in the 2009 comedy Funny People, and roles in Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, and Derrick Comedy’s Mystery Team alongside Jason Bateman and Will Arnett. In 2009 she also landed her biggest role to date as one of the stars of Parks and Recreation, working opposite Amy Poehler and Rashida Jones. Aside from the many fans she has accumulated from Parks and Recreation, she has established a sci-fi fan base as well, as she has a recurring role as “the princess” in the comedic sci-fi web series Troopers, which airs on CollegeHumor. Additionally, Aubrey has made appearances on Fred Armisen’s television series Portlandia, and as a guest judge during a roast segment on The Next Food Network Star. In 2012 she earned her first role in a major film, Safety Not Guaranteed. In 2014 Lifetime Network announced that Aubrey would be doing the speaking voice of Grumpy Cat in their upcoming original movie Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever.
Celebrity speaker, Aubrey Plaza, has also been involved in charity events. In March 2010 she performed at A Night of 140 Tweets: A Celebrity Tweetathon for Haiti. The event was produced by Rob Huebel, Paul Scheer, Ben Stiller and Mike Rosenstein, at the Upright Citizens Brigade theatre, and many of the top comedians in America, such as Will Ferrell, attended to raise money and support to help build schools in Haiti.