Yvette Nicole Brown
|Yvette Nicole Brown|
Brown at the San Diego Comic-Con International in July 2013
August 12, 1971 [|
East Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
Yvette Nicole Brown (born August 12, 1971) is an American actress and comedian. Brown has appeared in numerous commercials, television shows, and films throughout her career. She starred as Shirley Bennett on the NBC comedy series Community. She had a recurring role on the Nickelodeon sitcom Drake & Josh as Helen Dubois, and voiced the character Cookie on the American-Canadian animated series Pound Puppies. Brown currently stars as Dani in the 2015 version of The Odd Couple on CBS.
Brown has also had small guest roles in television shows such as That 70's Show, The Office, Boston Legal, Chuck, and The Soul Man. In addition to television, she has had supporting roles in films such as (500) Days of Summer, Tropic Thunder, Repo Men, and Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters.
Early life and education
Brown was born in East Cleveland, Ohio. Brown studied communication studies at the University of Akron and graduated with her Bachelor of Arts in Communication in 1994. She became a sister of the Delta Pi chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha as an undergrad at the university.
Brown appeared as "Yvette" in the music video "1-4-All-4-1" by the East Coast Family, a Michael Bivins project, for Biv10 Records. Brown said of the experience, "It was a great run, but I guess music was just never meant to be for me."
Brown first appeared on commercials before entering television shows and films a few years later. She has since played roles on television shows such as The War At Home, Malcolm in the Middle, That's So Raven, and the US version of The Office. She also had a recurring role as movie theater manager Helen Dubois in the Nickelodeon sitcom Drake & Josh. Brown reprised the role in the season 2 episode of Victorious titled "Helen Back Again". She also provided the voice of Cookie on The Hub's Pound Puppies.
In 2009, Brown began starring as Shirley Bennett on the comedy series Community. On September 30, 2014, Brown announced that she would be leaving the show after five seasons in order to take care of her ailing father. In her announcement she said, "My dad needs daily care and he needs me. The idea of being away 16 hours a day for five months, I couldn't do it. It was a difficult decision for me to make, but I had to choose my dad."
She has appeared in television commercials for Hamburger Helper, Big Lots, Pine-Sol, Comcast, Aquapod, Shout, Fiber One, Yoplait Yogurt, DiGiorno Pizza, Dairy Queen, and Time Warner. She has appeared on episodes of The Thrilling Adventure Hour as "The Troubleshooter" in the Sparks Nevada, Marshall On Mars series.
In 2014, it was reported that Brown is set to recur on the upcoming USA Network series Benched. In addition to Brown, the cast also includes Molly Shannon, Eliza Coupe, and Jay Harrington. Shortly after her exit of Community, Brown's role of Dani on the CBS sitcom The Odd Couple was upgraded to series regular.
|2000||His Woman, His Wife||N/A|
|2003||180 Miles Away||Other woman||Short film|
|2004||Little Black Book||Production assistant|
|2005||Island, TheThe Island||Harvest Nurse|
|2005||Kid & I, TheThe Kid & I||Bunny|
|2007||Neighbor, TheThe Neighbor||Receptionist|
|2008||Meet Dave||Old Navy saleswoman|
|2008||Tropic Thunder||Vivica (Peck's assistant)|
|2008||Merry Christmas, Drake & Josh||Helen Dubois||Television film|
|2009||N.C.B.S||Flashback wife||Short film|
|2009||Hotel for Dogs||Ms. Camwell|
|2009||(500) Days of Summer||New secretary|
|2009||Ugly Truth, TheThe Ugly Truth||Dori|
|2013||Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters||Gray Sister #2|
|2016||Smartass||Officer Neesy||In post-production|
|2002||For the People||Server||Episode: "Lonely Hearts"|
|2002||Do Over||Woman||Episode: "Investing in the Future"|
|2003||Girlfriends||Sherri Childs||2 episodes|
|2004||Curb Your Enthusiasm||Stewardess||Episode: "Opening Night"|
|2004||Big House, TheThe Big House||Eartha Cleveland||6 episodes|
|2004||Two and a Half Men||Mandy||Episode: "Just Like Buffalo"|
|2004–07||Drake & Josh||Helen Dubois||15 episodes|
|2004||7th Heaven||Leah Morris||Episode: "Gratitude"|
|2005||Fat Actress||Woman in restaurant||Episode: "Big Butts"|
|2005||That's So Raven||Monica||Episode: "Too Much Pressure"|
|2005||That '70s Show||Sgt. Davis||Episode: "You're My Best Friend"|
|2005||Hot Properties||Oprah-Head||Episode: "Waiting for Oprah"|
|2006||Malcolm in the Middle||Female security agent #2||Episode: "Bride of Ida"|
|2006||House||Ellen Stambler||Episode: "Sex Kills"|
|2006||War at Home, TheThe War at Home||Airport security||Episode: "The West Palm Beach Story"|
|2006||Half & Half||Ceci||2 episodes|
|2006||Pepper Dennis||Angela Howell||Episode: "Pepper Dennis Behind Bars"|
|2006||Sleeper Cell||Fatima||2 episodes|
|2007||Office, TheThe Office||Paris||Episode: "The Return"|
|2007||Loop, TheThe Loop||Isabelle Miller||Episode: "Yeah, Presents"|
|2007||American Body Shop||Ms. Durant||Episode: "Pilot"|
|2007||Entourage||Daily Variety agent||Episode: "Gary's Desk"|
|2007||Boston Legal||Doris Thumper||2 episodes|
|2008||'Til Death||Roxie||Episode: "Raisinette in the Sun"|
|2008||Privileged||Pam||Episode: "All About the Haves and the Have-Nots"|
|2009||Kath & Kim||Clerk #1||Episode: "Competition"|
|2009||True Jackson, VP||Coral Barns||Episode: "Company Retreat"|
|2009||Rules of Engagement||Mrs. Alberts||Episode: "Voluntary Commitment"|
|2009||Roommates||Madam Saphire||Episode: "The Tarot"|
|2009||iCarly||Art student||Uncredited; episode: "iMust Have Locker 239"|
|2009–15||Community||Shirley Bennett||Main cast (seasons 1–5), recurring (season 6); 99 episodes
Gracie Award for Outstanding Female Actor in a Supporting Role – Comedy Series or Special
|2009||Sherri||Church lady||Episode: "There Is No 'I' in Church"|
|2010–13||Pound Puppies||Cookie (voice)||Main cast; 65 episodes|
|2011–13||Family Guy||Various voices||3 episodes|
|2011||Victorious||Helen Dubois||Episode: "Helen Back Again"|
|2011||Chuck||Buy More employee||Episode: "Chuck Versus the Hack Off"|
|2012–14||Soul Man, TheThe Soul Man||Robin||3 episodes|
|2012–13||Match Game||Herself||Panelist; 4 episodes|
|2012–14||Talking Dead||Herself||Panelist; 4 episodes|
|2013||Shake It Up||Madame Tiffany||Episode: "Psych It Up"|
|2013–14||Hollywood Game Night||Herself||2 episodes|
|2013||Once Upon a Time||Ursula (voice)||Episode: "Ariel"|
|2014||Psych||Hazel Lazarus||Episode: "A Touch of Sweevil"|
|2014||Melissa & Joey||Calista||Episode: "I'll Cut You"|
|2014||BoJack Horseman||Beyoncé (voice)||Episode: "Our A-Story Is a 'D' Story"|
|2015–present||Odd Couple, TheThe Odd Couple||Dani||Main cast|
|2015||Hot in Cleveland||DMV clerk||Episode: "Cleveland Calendar Girls"|
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