While in Princeton, Ellie was part of Quipfire!, a improvisational comedy group, and the Princeton Triangle Club, a touring musical comedy theater company.
After graduating from Princeton, Ellie went one year to England, to Oxford University, to continue her English studies.
In 2002, Ellie graduated from Princeton University, with a degree in English.
Ellie has Italian, German and English ancestry.
Ellie attended John Burroughs School in St. Louis. There she had the actor Jon Hamm as her Drama teacher.
Ellie 's sister, Carrie, is a television writer.
Ellie is 5' 5" (1.65 m) tall.
When she was studying at Princeton, Ellie was a member of the Princeton improv troupe, Quipfire! She was also part of the Princeton Triangle Club.
She is a member of the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, a comedy improv and sketch group in New York City. On March 2007, she performed her one-woman show Dumb Girls at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre.
She was featured as Princeton Alumni Weekly's Tiger of the Week during the third week of April in 2009 for landing a job on the NBC hit comedy The Office that year.
In August 2008, Kemper auditioned to be part of Saturday Night Live, but she didn't make the cut.
Kemper was a huge fan of The Office even prior to joining the show.
Before she started doing improvisational and stand-up comedy, Ellie played field hockey at Princeton.
Ellie is a contributor for CollegeHumor.com. One of the articles she wrote in February 2007 is entitled "Regarding Our Decision Never To See Me Again".
In 2009, Kemper was among those named in Variety's 10 Comics to Watch List.
In 2007, Kemper appeared as Shelly in the made-for-TV movie Redeeming Rainbow. She also played a Woman from L.A. in Cayman Went (2008) and Jamie in Mystery Team (2009).
Ellie once lent her voice for a Dunkin Donuts radio commercial, for which she earned $18.37.
Ellie: I've never had prejudice against me because of being a woman in comedy, I've never felt any sort of unfairness because of that - but I do think it is naive to think that it doesn't exist.
Ellie: It's interesting because with a lot of people who I've met in comedy, it seems not to matter what your background is. In terms of formal schooling - I feel like that's a nineteenth century term - but in terms of where you went to high school or college, or wherever, all that really is irrelevant, I have found, in comedy.
Ellie: My painting teacher in high school used to say, 'I can't paint like I want to, but through practice I'll get better.' But I don't think that's true. I think sometimes you just can't paint.
Ellie: Most New Yorkers want to look amazing, and they want you to understand that they look amazing, but they also want you to stop staring at them.
Ellie: New York is like the weirdest city in the United States, in a great way, and Los Angeles is probably more similar to most of America.
Ellie: One nice thing that I have discovered about Los Angeles is the enthusiasm with which people dress.
Ellie: Growing up, I had one very specific idea of what a wedding should be, and that was the wedding of Fraulein Maria and Captain von Trapp in 'The Sound of Music.'
Ellie: I need to make sure that when I'm running out to the drugstore I'm not wearing a Biore strip or something. Not that I expect anyone to recognize me, but on the off chance they do, I just don't want to embarrass myself.
Ellie: I want to be a morning-talk-show host. I love Kelly Ripa's job. She gets to live in New York and has this amazing job hosting a talk show.
Ellie: I wrote comedy sketches in college.
Ellie: If you're going to plan a wedding, then a certain amount of suffering is not a choice.
Ellie: Improv is mostly what I've studied.
Ellie: In Los Angeles, people dress with the deep and earnest hope that people will do nothing but stare at them.
Ellie: Los Angeles survives on that which is unpredictable. The unexpected courses through its very veins.
Ellie: I can't do impressions.
Ellie: I guess it's easier to think badly and then be pleasantly surprised.
Ellie: I loved 'Freaks and Geeks.' I don't know a better show.
Ellie: I think I get certain pleasure from writing what I'm performing.
Ellie: (on being part of "The Office") As an actor, you just don't know what the next thing is going to be. To have a job in the first place is of course fantastic, but I can't imagine a better part on a television show. Something bad is going to happen to me, because this is too much good stuff!
Ellie: If there's one thing I hate more than not being on a roll, it's trying to start being on a roll. Another thing I hate is work. And that's precisely what makes being on a roll so hard.
Ellie: I like to cook, and then I like to eat the things that I've cooked; I like to save the things that I don't eat for Sunday night leftovers; I like to try out new recipes, even if they sound scary or spicy.
Ellie: I'm a total guy's girl. You can cuss and say bad words in front of me, and I don't even care about it. You can guzzle beer, and burp, and throw up the beer in your lap, and move on to straight gin, and start pissing all over the plant in the corner, and punch in the wall, and accidentally kick Yaps across the room, and mention that I order some chicken wings, b!tch.
Ellie: (on portraying the replacement for Pam Beesley as the receptionist on The Office) The Internet is actually hooked up, so I sent an email to my mom that said, 'I'm at Pam's desk right now!' It's unbelievable.
Ellie: The big rule of improv is 'yes and...' When someone gives you information, you accept it, and then add your own information to build on the scene. I think this is the greatest rule ever. You can apply it to anything from polite cocktail party small talk to making a really great sundae.
Ellie: (on working on The Office) Being on set with them is like being in a dream, except the dream is real and I can reach out and touch them. Except I am trying not to touch them too much, because I was raised right.
Ellie: (on her online video entitled "Blowjob") I'm a bit uncomfortable about that video because I always think of my family seeing it, but it got people's attention. I was on the Upper West Side depositing a check and this guy said, 'I love your video! You can have free wine at my wine shop anytime you want!' So it has opened doors.
Ellie: I'm the most comfortable when I'm playing a naturalistic character. I auditioned for Saturday Night Live and when I was doing the biggest characters, I felt the least comfortable. I'm just more comfortable when it's some version of myself.