Parham in 2009
Maria Lennon Parham
October 26, 1976
|Alma mater||University of Evansville (BS)|
|Occupation||Actress, comedian, writer|
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.
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.
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. In 2019 and 2020 she was a main cast member of the ABC sitcom, Bless This Mess, starring Lake Bell and Dax Sheppard. Her notable work in film includes Confessions of a Shopaholic, Splinterheads, and Horrible Bosses 2.
|2008||Pretty Bird||Woman at Gas Station|
|2008||Transferants||The girl||Short film|
|2009||Confessions of a Shopaholic||Joyce|
|2009||Hysterical Psycho||Deaf Mute Sister|
|2011||Volcano Girl||Job Counselor||Short film|
|2014||Horrible Bosses 2||Roz|
|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|
|2019–2020||Schooled||Liz Flemming||12 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"|
|2019–2020||Bless This Mess||Kay Bowman||26 episodes|
|2020||Curb Your Enthusiasm||Randi||Episode: "Happy New Year"|
|2020||Robbie||Rooney Switt||Episode: "Robbie vs. Rooney"|
- "UCB Theater • Lennon Parham". Upright Citizens Brigade. Retrieved 2014-03-23.
- "Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham Bond Over Baby Girls". People. May 31, 2013. Retrieved March 2, 2020.
- lennonparham (November 28, 2016). "Jamming in my car with my 6 week old and a little "Celebrate Me Home". Thanks @kennyloggins & @kost1035fm #babys1stKenny" (803337008714104832).