who plays Flo the
Progressive Insurance Girl
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 theAspen Comedy Festivaltwice. 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”.
Melvin Goes to Dinner is a 2003 film adaptation of Michael Blieden’s play Phyro-Giants!, directed by Bob Odenkirk. Blieden wrote and stars in the film, along with Stephanie Courtney, Jack Black, Matt Price  and Annabelle Gurwitch.
It primarily centers on intimate dinner conversation between two men and two women, all in their thirties; the connections between them are revealed throughout the course of the movie.
Michael Penn wrote the music for the film.
bubbly and beaming, high-volume, with a flip of dark hair and a face like a lollipop. She irks as she endears, bemuses as she bewitches. She’s a bundle of energetic contradictions, bursting here, retracting there. Her expressions blink and change like a neon sign. Her eyes are popping globes. And she just sold you a bunch of car insurance.”
She recently spoke to the Houston Press in an article called “The Cult of the Progressive Car Insurance Chick”. That article said of Courtney:
“Am I the only one completely and totally enamored of the woman in the television ads for Progressive car insurance? You know, the ones starring that babelicious brunette named Flo with her ‘tricked-out name tag’ and her ’60s style eye makeup and her kissable red, red lips?”
“It’s so weird,” says Stephanie Courtney.
Courtney is 38 and has had the role of Flor for one year. Now because of the cult following she has been signed for 1 more year. Stephanie Courtney is a former member of Los Angeles’ Groundlings.
She says it takes 2 hours to transform her for the commercials. “And the makeup is like painting a portrait on my face.”