Thursday, July 16, 2009

Who's Stephanie Courtney? Oh, "Flo the Progressive Lady!"

I finally did it. After years of seeing "Flo The Progressive (Insurance) Lady" high fiving "power to the people", thinking about tacos, wearing tricked out name tags, and helping some poor dude save money so he can buy his watch back from his friend I had to know....who is the REAL Flo?

Thank you internet, thank you GOOGLE, and "power to"....I know know that "Flo" is really actress Stephanie Courtney (her FACEBOOK page).

Born on February 8, 1970 in Stony Point, NY, here's a brief bio from

Stephanie Courtney is main company member of the famed Groundlings Theater in Los Angeles, regularly performing in their sketch and improv shows. She hails from Stony Point, New York. After graduating from the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York City, she started doing stand up, which brought her to Los Angeles. She's been invited to perform her stand up at the Aspen Comedy Festival twice. She also performed in Aspen in "Those Courtney Girls", a show she co-wrote with her sister, Jennifer, and in the Mr. Show Tour, "Hooray for America".

And a little blurb from wikepedia.

In 2003, Courtney won the Copper Wing award at the Phoenix Film Festival with the ensemble cast for the comedy Melvin Goes to Dinner. She has also appeared in television commercials, such as Skittles (2008), Wienerschnitzel (2005), SC Johnson Glade products, and as the cashier Flo for Progressive Auto Insurance (2008-2009).

Courtney also appeared in the film The Heartbreak Kid as cousin Gayla and in season 1, episode 2 of The United States of Tara on Showtime.

Here's a look at Stephanie in some other roles, and doing some standup.......the last video, with The Groundlings, is hysterical!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Stephanie was also amusing as Joy Peters, wife of Tom Peters, the main character on Tom Goes to the Mayor which aired for two seasons on Cartoon Network's nightly Adult Swim block of programming around 2002-04 if memory serves.

Funny thing was she was voicing a character played by a big ol' fat dude in drag which worked out since although they used live actors primarily/exclusively it was done as a series of crudely animated blue and white stills. Strange and hilariously quirky show and worth checking out.

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