Lennon Parham

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Lennon Parham
Parham in 2009
Maria Lennon Parham

(1976-10-26) October 26, 1976 (age 42)
OccupationActress, comedian, writer
Years active2001–present
Javier Guzman (m. 2006)

Maria Lennon Parham (born October 26, 1976) is an American actress and improvisational comedian from the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. With frequent collaborator Jessica St. Clair, she created and co-starred in NBC's Best Friends Forever and USA Network's Playing House. She also co-starred in the CBS sitcom Accidentally on Purpose from 2009 to 2010.

Early life[edit]

Parham was born in Marietta, Georgia. She attended Parkview High School in Lilburn, Georgia, and graduated with a B.S. Degree in Theatre from the University of Evansville. Following college, she taught French for two years at T. L. Weston High School in Greenville, Mississippi, as part of the Teach For America program.[1]


After her stint as a French teacher, Parham began performing comedy with the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. During this time, she starred in the two-person show, The Adventures of Lock & Kay, and the one-woman show, She Tried to be Normal. In the fall of 2009, Parham began a supporting role in the comedy Accidentally on Purpose.

Parham and frequent collaborator Jessica St. Clair created and starred in the NBC comedy Best Friends Forever, which ran for one season in 2012. Their second sitcom, Playing House, premiered on USA on April 29, 2014 and lasted three seasons. In 2015, Parham and St. Clair spun-off their Comedy Bang! Bang! characters Wompler and Listler for a new Earwolf podcast called WOMP It Up!, with St. Clair as host Marissa Wompler and Parham co-hosting as Marissa's teacher Charlotte Listler. Frequent guests on the podcast include Brian Huskey as Marissa's stepdad "Seth" and Jason Mantzoukas as Marissa's former flame Eric "Gutterballs" Gutterman.

Parham has made appearances on television programs such as Veep, Parks and Recreation, Comedy Bang! Bang!, Bad Judge, Arrested Development, Review and Mad Men. Her notable work in film includes Confessions of a Shopaholic, Splinterheads, and Horrible Bosses 2.

Personal life[edit]

Parham is married to Javier Guzman. Their daughter Saraya was born on April 21, 2013.[2] Their second child was born in October 2016.[3]

In 2015, Jessica St. Clair said she and Parham had learned Transcendental Meditation.[4]


Year Title Role Notes
2008 Pretty Bird Woman at Gas Station
2008 Transferants The girl Short film
2009 Strangers Woman
2009 Confessions of a Shopaholic Joyce
2009 Hysterical Psycho Deaf Mute Sister
2009 Splinterheads Wyoming
2011 Volcano Girl Job Counselor Short film
2014 Horrible Bosses 2 Roz
2016 Other People Vicki
2017 The House Martha
Year Title Role Notes
2007 UCB Comedy Originals Herself TV series
2009 Boldly Going Nowhere Joyce TV movie
2009 Parks and Recreation Kate Spevack Episode: "Canvassing"
2009 Attack Cardio Video short
2009–2010 Accidentally on Purpose Abby Chase 18 episodes
2010 Big Lake Janet Episode: "Chris Moves In"
2011 How I Met Your Mother Bev Episode: "Desperation Day"
2011 Funny or Die Presents... Jablonsky 4 episodes
2011 Childrens Hospital Pharmacist Episode: "Stryker Bites the Dust"
2012 Best Friends Forever Lennon White Lead role (6 episodes); also co-creator, writer, executive producer
2012 NTSF:SD:SUV:: Stephanie Episode: "The NTSF: SD: SUV: HISS Infomercial"
2013 Mad Men Ginny Hunt Episode: "The Flood"
2013 Arrested Development Therapist Sandy Episode: "Off The Hook"
2014 In Bed with Joan Herself Episode: "Lennon Parham & Jessica St. Clair"
2014–2017 Playing House Maggie Caruso Lead role (26 episodes); also co-creator, writer, director, executive producer
2014 The Birthday Boys Doctor Episode: "Women Are Funny"
2014 Comedy Bang! Bang! Gabby Episode: "Chris Hardwick Wears a Black Polo & Weathered Boots"
2014 Bad Judge Regina Bullock Episode: "Face Mask Mom"
2015–2019 Veep Karen Collins 7 episodes
2015 Comedy Bang! Bang! DJ Forsythia Episode: "Skylar Astin Wears Blue Jeans and Weathered Brown Desert Boots"
2015 Review Mrs. Greenfield 2 episodes
2016 New Girl Carol Episode: "Bob & Carol & Nick & Schmidt"
2016–2017 Animals. Ashley / Charly (voice) 2 episodes
2016–2017 Lady Dynamite Larissa 12 episodes
2016 Documentary Now! Ramona Episode: "Parker Gail's Location Is Everything"
2016 Bajillion Dollar Propertie$ Carla Sutcliffe Episode: "Amir vs Dean"
2016–2017 Adventure Time Dr. Gross (voice) 3 episodes
2017–2018 Bob's Burgers Janine / Marsha (voice) 2 episodes
2017 Ghosted Deidre Episode: "Ghost Studz"
2018 Speechless Sarah Episode: "The H-u-s-Hustle"
2018 Little Big Awesome Various voices 4 episodes
2018 Teachers C.F. Blinky Episode: "The Book Challenge"
2018 A Million Little Things Gail Episode: "The Game of Your Life"
2019 I'm Sorry Beth 4 episodes
2019 Schooled Liz Flemming 9 episodes
2019 American Dad! Crony Girl (voice) Episode: "Top of the Steve"
2019 Star vs. the Forces of Evil Apothecarry Sherry (voice) Episode: "Yada Yada Berries/Down by the River"
2019 Bless This Mess Kay Bowman 6 episodes


  1. ^ "UCB Theater • Lennon Parham". Upright Citizens Brigade. Retrieved 2014-03-23.
  2. ^ "Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham Bond Over Baby Girls – Moms & Babies – Moms & Babies - People.com". Celebritybabies.people.com. Retrieved 2013-07-17.
  3. ^ "Lennon Parham on Twitter". Twitter. November 28, 2016. Retrieved September 6, 2017.
  4. ^ Corridan, Kara (2015). "A Convo with Two Really Cool Moms". Parents. Archived from the original on 18 September 2015. Retrieved 18 September 2015. Lennon’s husband worked at a school where they taught transcendental meditation and took time out of the school day to meditate. Seeing the change in the students' lives, we thought it would be useful to us as well. So Lennon and I learned meditation from a phenomenal teacher, Lynn Kaplan, through the David Lynch Foundation, and we try and meditate at least once a day.

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