Nicole Frances Parker (born February 21, 1978) is an American comedian, actress and singer best known for her work on Fox's sketch comedy show Mad TV. In July 2009, she concluded her run as Elphaba in the Broadway production of Wicked, a role that she reprised on tour across North America.
Parker in September 2006
|Born||Nicole Frances Parker|
February 21, 1978
Irvine, California, U.S.
|Occupation||Actress, comedian, writer, singer|
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 City 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.
In 2003, Parker joined the Season 9 cast of Mad TV. 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.
- Amy Little
- Annetta Bussley
- Candy Matsumoto
- Disney Girl
- Pat-Beth LaMontrose
- Toni Horse
- Tori McLachlan
- Amy Winehouse
- Ashlee Simpson
- Britney Spears
- Celine Dion
- Ellen DeGeneres
- Gwen Stefani
- Hillary Clinton
- James Blunt
- Jessica Simpson
- Joy Behar
- Judy Garland
- Julie Andrews
- Kathy Griffin
- Kim Kardashian
- Kristin Cavallari
- Lauren Conrad
- Lucille Ball (as her character Lucy from I Love Lucy)
- Nelly Furtado
- Paula Abdul
- Rachael Ray
- Renée Zellweger
- Sarah Palin
- Sarah Silverman
- Teri Hatcher
- Vivien Leigh
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. She exited on July 19 at the end of her six-month contract, and was replaced by Dee Roscioli.
Parker again starred as Elphaba in Wicked on the show's first North American tour. She reunited with Mauzey beginning performances in Denver, Colorado May 18, 2012. She replaced Mamie Parris. She later left the production on September 24, 2012.
|Stuck||Director||Improv play (regional)|
|2004||The Magic Flute||Pamina||Musical (regional)|
|The People vs. Friar Laurence,
The Man Who Killed Romeo and Juliet
|2006–2007||Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me||Various characters||Comedy musical (Broadway)|
|2007–2008||Suitcase Full of Lies||Jillane Jenkins||Comedy musical (regional)|
|2010||Suitcase Full of Lies||Jillane Jenkins||Comedy musical (regional)|
|How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying||Rosemary||Musical (limited engagement)|
|2011||The People in the Picture||Red||Musical (Broadway)|
|2012||Wicked||Elphaba||Musical (1st North American tour)|
|2014||Dog & Pony||Mags||Musical (regional)|
|2015||These Paper Bullets||Bea||Comedy musical (off-Broadway)|
|2008||Meet the Spartans||Britney Spears, Paula Abdul, Paris Hilton and Ellen DeGeneres|
|Disaster Movie||Enchanted Princess, Jessica Simpson and Amy Winehouse|
|Proposition 8: The Musical||California Gays and The People That Love Them||Short film|
|Weathered||Weather Wellington||Short film|
|2012||Sitting Babies||Keri||Short film|
|2003–2009, 2016||Mad TV||Various characters||113 episodes|
|2004–2008||Higglytown Heroes||Window Washer Hero (voice)||1 episode|
|2005||Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List||Herself||1 episode|
|Trust Us With Your Life||Herself||1 episode|
|2013||Key & Peele||Fantine||1 episode|
|Mad||Various voices||2 episodes|
|2014||It Could Be Worse||Super Fan||1 episode|
|Hot in Cleveland||Jessica||1 episode|
|2017||Bajillion Dollar Propertie$||Gwentolyn Swanson||2 episodes|
|Bunnicula||Siobhan (voice)||1 episode|
|Wacky Races||Penelope Pitstop / Pandora Pitstop (voice)||Regular|
Award wins and nominationsEdit
|2004||Nominated||Jeff Award||Best Actress in a Principal Role||The People vs. Friar Laurence, The Man Who Killed Romeo and Juliet|
|2009||Won||GLAAD Media Awards||Special Recognition||Prop 8: The Musical|
|Won||Damah Film Festival||Best Actress (Audience Award)||Short film, Weathered|
- "Madtv" Star Parker Will Be Broadway's New Elphaba; Tveit Returns, Too Archived 2009-01-18 at the Wayback Machine.
- People in the Picture Come Into Focus With Christopher Innvar, Alexander Gemignani, Chip Zien, Nicole Parker Archived 2011-02-05 at the Wayback Machine.
- Wicked Tour to Welcome Nicole Parker and PJ Benjamin Archived 2012-05-01 at the Wayback Machine.
- Desk, BWW News. "Nicole Parker Returns To Birdland In SUITCASE FULL OF LIES 5/24".
- BWW. "Photo Flash: Reprise Theater Company's HOW TO SUCCEED".
- "Alexander Gemignani, Nicole Parker & More Join The People in the Picture on Broadway".
- Verini, Bob (7 June 2014). "San Diego Theater Review: 'Dog and Pony'".
- "Justin Kirk and Nicole Parker Rock Billie Joe Armstrong's These Paper Bullets! Musical, Starting Tonight - Playbill".
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- "Los Angeles Recap". 22 September 2011.
- Joseph, Mark (3 October 2009). "Damah Film Festival Announces Winners".