Comedienne Sarah Colonna had double the reason to celebrate on Monday (29Dec14) after becoming engaged to American football star Jon Ryan on the eve of her 40th birthday.

The United States of Tara actress, who also featured as a regular on pal Chelsea Handler's former talk show Chelsea Lately, accepted the Seattle Seahawks punter's proposal at his home in Washington on Sunday (28Dec14), hours before she hit the age milestone.

Breaking the news to People.com on Monday, she says, "It was a complete surprise. We are both so excited. I definitely wasn't expecting it when I arrived in Seattle last night.

"Jon called both of my parents to ask their permission, which they happily gave."

Colonna met her future husband after he reached out to her on Twitter.com. They began dating in February (14).