Lisa Arch

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Lisa Arch
Born Lisa Kushell
(1971-11-23) November 23, 1971 (age 43)
Los Angeles, California, USA
Occupation Actress/Comedian
Years active 1993–present
Spouse(s) Russell Arch (1 child)
Website
http://www.lisaarch.com

Lisa Arch (née Kushell; born November 23, 1971) is an American comedian and actress known for her roles in the 1997-98 Season of the FOX Network comedy show, MADtv, as cohost of TBS's Dinner and a Movie from 2002 to 2005, and most recently as the recurring character of Samantha Samuels on Disney Channel's Cory in the House. Arch has also has been in movies, such as 2007's Evan Almighty.

Personal life[edit]

Born Lisa Kushell in Los Angeles, California, she began acting on stage at 15 years old in the sketch comedy troupe Upstage Comedy. Arch has often stated that her parents were extremely supportive of her and they allowed her to hone her skills in their "unfurnished living room" until she graduated from high school. She earned her SAG card with one line as a waitress on Dream On. After her first appearance, she began appearing on such shows as Seinfeld, The X-Files, and For Your Love.

She has an older brother, Bob Kushell, who is a TV writer/producer and Internet talk show host. Her brother works with her husband, Russell Arch, the Co-Creator and Executive Producer of ANYTIME WITH BOB KUSHELL, an internet talkshow for Sony Interactive's Crackle.com. On September 18, 2007, she gave birth to a son, Garrett Mitchell Arch.

Career[edit]

MADtv[edit]

Arch joined the cast of MADtv in 1997, as a repertory performer, for the third season. She would be promoted to repertory status mid-season. She is remembered for playing characters like social outcast Susan Whitfield and sassy country gal Wanda Terry-Ann Lainier Parker from the Parker Sisters sketches.

Arch also flexed her comedy muscles with her celebrity impressions, of public figures like Paula Jones. She also lampooned Hollywood stars like Farrah Fawcett, Demi Moore, Alyson Hannigan, Lori Loughlin and Hope Summers. She has also impersonated singers like Melanie Chisholm (a.k.a. "Sporty Spice"), Alanis Morissette and Fiona Apple.

After one season on the show, Arch left MADtv at the conclusion of season three to pursue other career opportunities.

Other television projects[edit]

Since Leaving MADtv, Arch has done many guest appearances and voice overs. She has appeared in such commercials as "Mervyn's" and "Southern Comfort."

She has featured on the Comedy Central show Crank Yankers as the voice of "Cammie", an airheaded, bisexual party-girl in her early twenties. She also played the role of Samantha Samuels on the Disney Channel show Cory in the House. She has also had a part in the children's TV program Hannah Montana as a photographer. Arch can be seen on a regular basis at Los Angeles' ACME Comedy Theater and recently hosted a special episode of Reel Comedy about the movie, Bewitched. She also has made numerous guest appearances on television shows, including Reno 911!, Seinfeld, and The X-Files. Also she was in Austin & Ally as Damonica Dixon.

Dinner and a Movie[edit]

In 2001, Arch's career got a boost when she replaced Annabelle Gurwitch as the hostess of the TBS cooking and entertainment show, Dinner and a Movie. For two and a half years, she appeared, alongside host Paul Gilmartin and chef Claud Mann, in each episode introducing movies and cracking jokes during the preparation of a creative dinner to go with some theme of the movie.

In 2004, Arch's contract had expired. As she was preparing for another season as hostess of the show, she got a call from TBS executives, right after the Thanksgiving holiday, informing her that her contract was not going to be renewed. She left the show on good relations with the Dinner and a Movie staff, but she was very upset about the failure to have her contract renewed. In 2005, she was succeeded by Janet Varney as host.

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Other notes
2007 Evan Almighty Staffer
2005 I'm Not Gay Chris
2005 Guess Who Woman at Elevator
2001 The Comedy Team of Pete & James Gwen
2001 Legally Blonde Boutique Saleswoman
1999 Dirt Merchant XTV Reporter
1998 Billboard Dad Woman #2

Television appearances[edit]

Year Title Role Other notes
2012 Austin & Ally Damonica Dixon 1 Episode
2010 Good Luck Charlie Girl at ballgame 1 Episode
2008–2011 Clean House Herself Back-up host
2007–2008 Cory in the House Samantha Samuels Recurring role
2006–2009 Hannah Montana Liza (the photographer) 3 episodes
2006 Half & Half Dr. Swenson
2004 Significant Others Girl at Bar
2003 Charmed Tour Guide
2003 Windy City Heat Suzanne/Jiggly Wrigley
2003 For Your Love Kathy McCulloch
2003 Reno 911! Stripper with Dispute
2002 Dinner and a Movie Host
2000 The X Files Call Girl
1998 Michael Hayes Rhonda
1997–1998 MADtv Various Characters
1996 Seinfeld Connie
1994 Attack of the 5 Ft. 2 In. Women Dotty
1993 Dream On Waitress

Voice acting and video game appearances[edit]

Year Title Role Other notes
2004 Outlaw Golf 2 Trixie Video Game
2002–present Crank Yankers Cammie Puppet Comedy TV Series
2000 Mission Hill Stacy/Miss Colleen Peck/Chola Girl/TinaThe Chosen One TV Series

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