A native of New York, Donovan attended the University of Colorado-Boulder before moving to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career. She went on several auditions, including one for MADtv , and performed with a small improv group. Donovan continued to audition and started her own production company, Zappin Productions, where she wrote, produced and edited numerous short films. Eventually, her creative partner introduced her to YouTube, where their online videos quickly became popular, with several featured on YouTube’s main page. After Donovan’s videos were discovered by MADtv’s casting director, Donovan again was asked to audition for the late-night sketch show, and got the part.
You can watch her YouTube videos here.