|Years active 2003–present|
Name Nicole Parker
|Full Name Nicole Frances Parker|
Born February 21, 1978 (age 37) (1978-02-21) Irvine, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress, comedian, writer
Education Indiana University Bloomington
Movies and TV shows Mad TV, Disaster Movie, Meet the Spartans, Funny People, Ninja Turtles: The Next
Similar People Crista Flanagan, Chris Crocker, Carmen Electra, Sean Maguire, Vanessa Lachey
The best of Nicole Parker (MADtv)
Nicole Frances Parker (born February 21, 1978) is an American comedian, actress and singer best known for her work on Fox's sketch comedy show MADtv. In July 2009, she concluded her run as Elphaba in the Broadway production of Wicked, a role that she reprised on tour across North America.
- The best of Nicole Parker MADtv
- Early life
- Celebrity impressions
- The Groundlings
In her hometown of Irvine, California, she performed at South Coast Repertory and Laguna Playhouse. She also studied Theatre and Voice at Indiana University and performed in an improv troupe called Full Frontal Comedy. After college, Parker performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the Second City in Chicago, Bloemendaal, Unhinged Academy and Groningen. In addition, she and some college friends formed a theater company in New York City called Waterwell Productions. Parker moved to Amsterdam for two years, where she performed in the comedy show Boom Chicago alongside MADtv alumni Ike Barinholtz and Jordan Peele.
In 2003, Parker joined the Season 9 cast of MADtv. She was a featured performer, until Season 10, when she was promoted to cast member. Parker left the show in November 2008, but appeared in sketches until the series finale in 2009.
Parker's most notable characters include Pat-Beth LaMontrose and the Disney Girl. She also had impersonated many notable celebrities, mostly singers such as Britney Spears, Ashlee and Jessica Simpson, Julie Andrews, James Blunt, and Judy Garland. She also played Mary Poole, a woman who's insurance is GUYCO, which is the show's parody of GEICO, who appears in a GUYCO commercial telling the story of when she was in a car accident. But to make it more interesting, Mo'Nique (played by Erica Ash) is hired as a celebrity to help tell her story. Mary says she was driving too fast and she wasn't paying attention and at the intersection, there was a car in front of her and she rear-ended it and called GUYCO right away. As Mary tells her story, Mo'Nique says the exact opposite of what she said, saying that she was driving the speed limit and she was paying attention and at the intersection, the other lady front-ended her and she went limp so that her rates would go up. But Mary tells her that her rates didn't go up, to which Mo'Nique says "it must be nice to be white." and Mary agrees.
In 2004, Parker was nominated for a Jeff Award for her performance in The People vs. Friar Laurence, The Man Who Killed Romeo and Juliet.
From July 2006 to January 2007, Parker performed in the comedy musical Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me.
In 2009, Parker replaced Marcie Dodd in the role of Elphaba in the Broadway production of the musical Wicked, from January 16. She starred opposite Alli Mauzey as Glinda. She exited on July 19 at the end of her six-month contract, and was replaced by Dee Roscioli.
Parker again starred as Elphaba in Wicked on the show's first North American tour. She reunited with Mauzey beginning performances in Denver, Colorado May 18, 2012. She replaced Mamie Parris. She later left the production on September 24, 2012.
Parker frequently guest performs in the improvisational comedy show Cookin' With Gas at The Groundlings Theatre in Hollywood, CA.