Mary Scheer

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Mary Scheer
Born (1963-03-19) March 19, 1963 (age 51)
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
Occupation Actress, comedienne, producer
Years active 1988–present
Children 2

Mary Louise Scheer (born March 19, 1963) is an American actress, comedienne and producer. She is best known as one of the original cast members of the sketch comedy series MADtv and for playing Freddie's mother, Marissa Benson, on iCarly. She played Alice the zookeeper on The Penguins of Madagascar. She has two children.

Career[edit]

MADtv[edit]

Scheer was one of the original nine cast members of MADtv when the series debuted in 1995. She came to the show with a background in sketch comedy from her Groundling days. During her tenure, Scheer developed characters like chain smoker Mrs. Jewel Barone, Cabana Chat host Dixie Wetsworth, Connie Linder, Debbie Dander, Lily Don, and Mrs. Vigor (Killer Grandma).

Scheer also performed impressions of celebrities and public figures during her tenure on MADtv, some of which included U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno, Demi Moore, Susan Sarandon, Kathy Griffin, Mary Tyler Moore, Melissa Joan Hart, Ashley Olsen, Candice Bergen, Fran Drescher, Shirley MacLaine, Emma Thompson, Frances Bavier, Irene Vernon, Ashley Judd and Barbara Feldon. Other impersonations include Barbra Streisand in the MADtv spoof video "Terms Of Imprisonment", where she portrays Streisand as an egomaniac who abuses her co-star, Whitney Houston and Gillian Anderson's Dana Scully in the "XXX Files" sketch. During Season Two of MADtv, Scheer became visibly pregnant and continued to perform on the show. After giving birth, Scheer finished the second and third seasons before leaving in 1998.

Characters[edit]

Character Sketch Season of First Appearance Catch Phrase Notes
Mrs. Jewel Barone The Smoker 1 "Oh yeah, there it is." She is a habitual smoker who seems to have a negative effect on everyone around her (physically and mentally) because of her smoking.
Dixie Wetsworth Cabana Chat 2 "You like? I like." She is an aging talk show host who has undergone several plastic surgeries.
Connie Linder Joel & Connie 1
Debbie Dander 1
Lily Don Joe & Lily Don 1
Mrs. Vigor Killer Grandma 1

Other projects[edit]

Besides MADtv, Scheer has appeared in several television shows. Her credits include Reno 911!, Primetime Glick, X-Chromosome, and Dropping Out. As of March 2006, Scheer's most recent television role is the character Aunt Louise in the Fox comedy series Free Ride. She had a recurring role on the Nickelodeon sitcom iCarly as Mrs. Marissa Benson, the extremely overprotective mother of Nathan Kress's character Freddie Benson. The show ran from September 8, 2007 to November 23, 2012.

After leaving MADtv, she appeared in the films Elvira's Haunted Hills, The New Women Chump Change, and It Can Always Get Worse Kathy from 2001-05.

Besides onscreen appearances, Scheer has become a voice actress, lending her voice to numerous commercials and several animated projects like Family Guy and King of the Hill. Scheer's voice also appears in the animated feature film Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker. Scheer performed all female voices in Spike TV's humorous game show MXC (she was credited as portraying Everygirl). In season four, she became MXC's supervising producer.

Scheer also appeared on the Jennette McCurdy web series What's Next for Sarah? as Sarah's therapist.

Filmography[edit]

Movies[edit]

Year Title Role Other notes
1988 The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking American Dubbing Team
1989–1997 L.A. on $5 a Day Homeless Woman
1991 The Chick's a Dick Snapdragon
1994 It's Pat Nurse
1995 Ding Dong Doris Pritt
Not of This Earth Saleswoman
The New Women Nancy
Chump Change Agent #2
2005 It Can Always Get Worse Kathy
2008 iCarly: iGo to Japan Marissa Benson T.V. movie/Supporting Main Role
2011 iCarly: iParty with Victorious Marissa Benson T.V. movie/Guest role

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Other notes
1993 Quantum Leap Other Woman
Party of Five Ms. Shaver
Beverly Hills, 90210 Marcia Ramsden
1995–1998 MADtv Various Characters (Credited in 66 Episodes) Sketch Comedy
1998-2005 All That Various
1995, 1998 Seinfeld Mrs. Smoth, Joan
2000 Dropping Out Betty Brockton
2001 Primetime Glick Various Characters
X-Chromosome
2003 Reno 911! Tina the Daycare Owner
2006 Free Ride Louise
2007–2012 iCarly Marissa Benson Recurring character, 33 episodes.
2007 Halfway Home Alan's Wife "Halfway Innocent"
The Suite Life of Zack & Cody Ms. Laura Bird "Summer Of Our Discontent"
2009 Hannah Montana Norma "Can't Get Home To You Girl"
2010 Good Luck Charlie Patricia "Teddy's Broken Heart Club Band"
2014 Sam & Cat Marissa Benson "#TheKillerTunaJump: #Freddie #Jade #Robbie" (repreises iCarly role for episode)
2014 2 Broke Girls Nurse

Voice acting and video game appearances[edit]

Year Title Role Other notes
1997 King of the Hill Gracie Animated Comedy TV Series
Lands of Lore: Guardians of Destiny Various Characters Video Game
1999 Family Guy Ann Landers/Mary/Mother Animated Comedy TV Series
2000 Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker Mrs. Drake Animated Action Drama TV Series
Hey Arnold! Suzie Kokoshka Animated Children's Show
2003 MXC (formerly Most Extreme Elimination Challenge) Female Voices ("Everygirl") TV Series
2009 The Penguins of Madagascar Alice the Zookeeper, Machine Voice, Female Doctor CGI Animated Series

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