Born in Sugar Land, Texas, Allison Tolman earned a BFA in theatrical
performance from Baylor University. After graduation, she moved to
Dallas where she helped found and foster the independent ensemble based
non-profit Second Thought Theatre while also learning that the whole
being an adult thing is like, super hard. In 2009, she was accepted
into Second City's Conservatory Training Program and later went on to
write and perform sketch and satire with several groups throughout
Chicago, most notably the monthly comedy podcast The City Life
Throughout her career, Tolman has played a veterinary receptionist,
personal assistant, children's theatre teacher, vocal coach, phone
sales associate, client services representative, and dog walker - never
on film, but in her actual life in order to pay her rent and be able to
afford more tank tops from Target than any human actually needs.
(2014) Tolman lives in Chicago with a portly cat named Annie who enjoys
staring at her blankly whenever there is a house centipede in the
Improv training allows you to get out of your head a little bit and take more risks, which is something I would like to continue to improve upon.
Body-shaming is something I feel really strongly about. I think about my niece, I think about my friends who have daughters being on the Internet and reading these things, and it just makes me furious. It makes me so angry.
I went to New York for the first time when I was in college for a school trip and, uh, it did not appeal to me. It was too much hustle and bustle.
I did a lot of commercial and theater work when I got out of school and was living in Dallas, and I moved to Chicago to go through the Second City Conservatory Program.
At 32, I kind of thought I was past the point where I was gonna get a break that really changed my life overnight.