Nicole Parker

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Nicole Parker
Nicole Parker in 2006.jpg
Parker in September 2006
Born Nicole Frances Parker
(1978-02-21) February 21, 1978 (age 36)
Irvine, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress, comedienne, writer
Years active 2003–present

Nicole Frances Parker (born February 21, 1978) is an American 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 which she currently reprises on tour across North America.

Early life[edit]

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 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.[citation needed]

Career[edit]

MADtv[edit]

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.

Characters[edit]

  • Amy Little
  • Annetta Bussley
  • Beth
  • Candy Matsumoto
  • Charlene
  • Disney Girl
  • Elisssa
  • Pat-Beth LaMontrose
  • Sharon
  • Toni Horse
  • Tori McLachlan

Celebrity impressions[edit]

Broadway[edit]

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.[1] She exited on July 19 at the end of her six-month contract, and was replaced by Dee Roscioli.

Parker recently starred in the new musical The People in the Picture, which began performances at Studio 54 on April 1, 2011 and officially opened on April 28, 2011.[2]

Parker is again starring as Elphaba in Wicked, this time on the show's first North American tour. She reunited with Mauzey beginning performances in Denver, Colorado May 18, 2012. She replaced Mamie Parris.[3]

The Groundlings[edit]

Parker frequently guest performs in the improvisational comedy show Cookin' With Gas at The Groundlings Theatre in Hollywood, CA.

Credits[edit]

Theatre roles[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2003 Fuenteovejuna Laurencia Musical (Regional)
2003 Stuck Director Improv Play (Regional)
2004 The Magic Flute Pamina Musical (Regional)
2004 Romeo and Juliet Musical: The People vs. Friar Laurence,
The Man Who Killed Romeo and Juliet
Juliet Musical (Regional)
2006–2007 Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me Various Characters Comedy Musical (Broadway)
2008 Proposition 8: The Musical California Gays and The People That Love Them Comedy Musical
2007–2008 Suitcase Full of Lies Jillane Jenkins Comedy Musical (Regional)[4]
2009 Wicked Elphaba Musical (Broadway)
2010 Suitcase Full of Lies Jillane Jenkins Comedy Musical (Regional)
2010 "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" Rosemary Musical (Limited Engagement)[5]
2011 The People in the Picture Red Musical (Broadway)[6]
2012 Wicked Elphaba Musical (1st North American tour)
2014 Dog & Pony Mags Musical (Regional)[7]

Television roles[edit]

Year(s) Title Role Notes Episode Count
2003–2009 MADtv Various Characters Sketch Comedy 113 Episodes
2005 Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List Herself Comedy/Reality 1 Episode
2012 Bunk Herself Comedy/Improv 2 Episodes
2012 Trust Us With Your Life Herself Comedy/Improv 1 Episode
2013 Key & Peele Singing Woman Sketch Comedy 1 Episode

Film roles[edit]

Year Title Role Notes Box Office Performance
1994 The Neverending Story III as Nasty #1 Adventure - Fantasy
2007 Four Years as Stacy Short Film Comedy Movie
2008 Meet the Spartans as Britney Spears, Paula Abdul, Paris Hilton and Ellen DeGeneres Parody Movie $84,021,565
Disaster Movie as Enchanted Princess, Jessica Simpson, Amy Winehouse Parody Movie $31,683,375
2009 Weathered as Weather Wellington Short Film Drama Movie
Funny People as Dawn Comedy-Drama Movie $50,200,497

Award wins and nominations[edit]

Year Result Award Category Nominated Work
2004 Nominated Jeff Award[8] Best Actress in a Principal Role Musical, The People vs. Friar Laurence, The Man Who Killed Romeo and Juliet
2009 Won GLAAD Media Awards[9] Special Recognition Prop 8: The Musical
2009 Won Damah Film Festival[10] Best Actress (Audience Award) Short film, Weathered

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