Desna's best friend and co-worker, a hard woman with a filthy sense of humor, used to be wild but has settled down a lot. Tenuously sober, loves her kids more than anything but sometimes feels trapped.
Born and raised in North Carolina as the daughter of a preacher, Jenn Lyon is an award-winning stage actress who recently made the leap to film and television work. She moved to New York after graduating the North Carolina School of the Arts and has worked extensively in theater and food service ever since. Theater highlights include appearing on Broadway in the American premiere of Tom Stoppard's 11-time Tony-winning The Coast of Utopia trilogy and Larry David's hit comedy Fish in the Dark. Her off-Broadway credits include A.R. Gurney’s The Wayside Motor Inn, which won the Drama Desk Ensemble Award, and the premiere of Kenneth Lonergan's Hold On To Me Darling at the Atlantic Theatre, which was named one of the best plays of 2016 by the New York Times. In addition, she has originated roles in such world premiere works as John Guare's AreYou There, McPhee?
Lyon has shared both stage and screen time with Tim Olyphant in Hold On To Me Darling and as his love interest in FX’s Justified Seasons three and four. She also starred opposite George Lopez and Danny Trejo in the sitcom Saint George. Other television appearances include Army Wives, Suburgatory, Louie and Crashing, which is soon to air on HBO. Her film credits include Phil Spector, with Al Pacino and Helen Mirren, and the independent films Flower Shop and Lemon. Most recently, Lyon appeared in the feature film Blaze, directed by Ethan Hawke which premiered at Sundance.
Lyon is also a writer/producer/co-founder of internet sketch group POYKPAC, which has produced sketches with more than 100 million views to date. They have written for and been seen on MTV, IFC, G4, CBS and CNN.
Lyon lives in Brooklyn, New York, when she’s not running around the country working as an actress and writer and generally shaming her family.