By MADDY VITALE
The success took Kate Flannery away from her hometown of Philadelphia, her family vacation retreat in Ocean City, and life on the East Coast.
Flannery, a star best known for her role as Meredith in The Office on NBC, continues her broad and versatile career in acting, comedy, dance and singing.
And through it all, Flannery, who lives in Los Angeles, makes it a point to come back to Philly and spend time with his family at their vacation home in Ocean City.
“I really feel like Ocean City is home to me. Once I cross the bridge it feels good, ”Flannery said in an interview with OCNJDaily.com Tuesday. “There’s a reason my family has been coming here since 1923.”
Flannery will be back in town for the Night in Venice celebrations this weekend.
To kick off the festivities, she will perform for a meet and greet at the Ocean City Music Pier on Friday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Customers will have the option to take a photo with their own camera and get an autograph on a photo provided. Tickets are $ 20 and are on sale now at oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice and at visitor centers around town.
“It’s always great to meet fans. Office fans are the best fans, especially when I’m in Philly or on the shore, ”said Flannery. “I am so connected to this place. I want people to come and we’ll talk and I’ll sign whatever they want.
Saturday is the iconic Night in Venice boat parade and home decorating contest. Flannery recalled when she was part of the 2019 Boat Parade.
“It was such a good time,” she said. “The circle was closed for me. It reminded me of sitting on the platform and watching the parade when I was a kid eating penny candy.
While Flannery is perhaps best known for the nine seasons she played Meredith in The Office, her career has been varied.
“During the pandemic, The Office was the most watched sitcom and I think people are even more connected to the show than ever before,” Flannery explained.
She was recently seen on Young Sheldon on CBS. She was heard on Cartoon Network’s Ok Ko and Steven Universe. She has also appeared on FOX’s Brooklyn Nine Nine, New Girl, ABC’s American Housewife, Comedy Central’s Another Period, HULU’s All Night, and the FOX NFL pre-game show on Riggle’s Picks.
Flannery was in Tribeca Film Fest’s Tenured and Slow Learners and in the critically acclaimed Forth Man Out on NETFLIX. Kate stars in the HBO short Emergency Contact, How To Get Girls, Dial A Prayer with William H. Macy, and the Sundance hit, Cooties with Elijah Wood. She also sang with the Ocean City Pop’s Orchestra.
She was in the movie Golden Art, available on Apple TV and on demand. It’s a comedy about arm wrestlers.
Flannery explained how she feels best when she is working. Even as a child, she had this strong work ethic.
She worked at two Ocean City Boardwalk stores at the same time during her summer vacation.
“I remember having two jobs and cycling from one to the other,” she said. “I have always liked to keep busy.
As she makes a point of returning to the East, her multi-faceted career takes her across the country.
Flannery said she was going back on tour with another actress, comedian and singer Jane Lynch.
They will perform in the fall in a show and then in a Christmas show in December.
“We’re having a great time, really,” said Flannery. “It’s a joy to be able to do what you love and to get people to come and watch you. If you come to see Jane and I, there is definitely some comedy.
For over 30 years, Flannery has been perfecting her craft, doing what she loves and has no plans to slow down anytime soon.
And even when interviewed about her career and life, she ends it with a comedy like only Meredith – or rather – Kate can.
“I have been very lucky and I am working hard. As an artist, I also want to be challenged. I don’t phone in my life, ”she said.
“Also, they made a Funko Pop doll called the Meredith Casual Friday doll. It’s so funny to me. People ask me to sign them. It’s like I lose value if you take me out of the box, ”she joked.
But seriously, she said she was thrilled to be in her favorite coastal town again on a huge celebration weekend.
“It’s not summer until I come to Ocean City,” she said.