ABOUT

The Actor

On the CBS sitcom Friends With Better Lives, Mary guest starred as the judgmental next-door-neighbor alongside Horatio Sanz.  Mary has landed comedy roles on How I Met Your Mother, Rake, The West Wing, Becker and Friends.  She's also been featured in a whopping 50 television commercials.  A graduate of The University of Wisconsin theatre program, Mary spent several years in Chicago where she appeared in (and wrote!) numerous live theater productions.   She had a breakout performance in Asleep on the Wind/Graceland, and also shone in Creation of the World at The Avenue Theater and a Fade To Black production of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

The Improviser

Mary is a proud graduate of Chicago’s acclaimed Second CityShe also trained at The Groundling Theatre in Los Angeles and has toured nationally with the education-based improv troupe Wavelength.  She taught improv at The Eclectic Theater in North Hollywood and has starred in several improv-driven TV projects: Rob Reiner’s NBC pilot Everyday Life (opposite Josh Radnor), Jason Alexander’s Nickelodeon pilot Let Bob Do It.   Mary was the host of The Short Show on E! and co-hosted two seasons of GSN’s Faux Pause. Along with Dan O’Conner she hosted the highly-acclaimed NBC/PAX improv series World Cup Comedy, produced by Kelsey Grammer.  

The Stand-Up

From her humble beginnings -- making prank phone calls from her dorm room with her best friend -- Mary went on to stand-up and sketch groups.  She opened for Sam Kinison and Pauly Shore in 1990, where the enthusiastic 3,000 audience members encouraged her with cries of “Show your tits or get off the stage!”  Putting that experience behind her, for several years she was the in-house host at The Improv on Melrose, and has performed at The La Brea Improv, The Irvine Improv, and opened for Bob Saget at The Improv in Tempe, Arizona.  Mary has been a semi-finalist in Comedy Central’s Laugh Riots contest, and in The Andy Kaufman Award competition in the New York Comedy Festival. She won the 2007 15 Minutes of Fem festival in Hollywood with her character “Shelby Gratt.”   She also recently appeared as a guest on Nickelodeon’s Parental Discretion with Stephanie Wilder.