Who is Lennon Parham?
Maria Lennon Parham is an American actress and improvisational comedian, born on 26 October 1976 in Marietta, Georgia, USA, named partly for John Lennon. This confident 43-year-old woman claims that her confidence stems from the profession she chose. In an interview with The Laugh Button she says: ‘…with comedy, that trust goes a long way too, because it helps me get out of my own way and not judge my ideas or improvisations as they’re coming out of my mouth.’ This American sweetheart puts smiles to people’s faces, and that is why she is so special.
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New episode of The Need to Fail Podcast is out today! Lennon Parham (Playing House, Veep) talks about how she rocked her SNL showcase, bringing her one step closer to her dream, but was never asked to officially audition. We chat about using visualizations to help with pre-performance jitters, getting in trouble on a Batman commercial set, running a writers room as a new mom, and how things started to pick up when she finally allowed herself to say the things she wanted out loud. Link in bio!
She matriculated from Parkview High School in Indiana. Just like Rami Malek, she also graduated from the University of Evansville, Bachelor of Science degree in Theatre studies, which makes her one of the famous alumni to attend that particular university.
She is a member of the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. Not only is she a noted actress, she is also a teacher of French at T. L. Weston High School in Greenville, Mississippi. She taught French for a few years as a part of Teach for America program, before becoming interested in doing comedy. From 2009 to 2010, she was a part of the American sitcom “Accidentally on Purpose,” then one of the greatest achievements in her career was co-creating a show called “Playing House”, which was well-received by the critics. Her partner in crime and in business is, of course, her best friend Jessica St. Clair; their show that was broadcast on NBC was called “Best Friends Forever”, which lasted for three seasons, whereas “Playing House” ran for only a season. She appeared on “Talk Show Game Show” too, in where she had the opportunity to show her comedy talents and skills in front of a panel of judges. She delivered a performance of “Veep”, in which she played president’s advisor Karen Collins, her breakthrough role. She is a writer and a performer whose movie credits include “Mad Men, “Children’s Hospital”, “NTSF: SD: SUV”, and “Arrested Development.”
Family and Husband
Her husband is the Spanish actor and a stand-up comedian Javier Guzman, married since 2006. They had been dating for 15 years before deciding to tie the knot, and they have two children together, a daughter Saraya Guzman who was born on 21 April 2013, and they welcomed their second daughter in October 2016. In an interview in which she talks about motherhood and how it feels to be a mom, she says: ‘It’s probably made me trust myself more. The stuff that you don’t need kind of falls away because you realize what’s important. So I don’t get bogged down by the trivial stuff that I used to worry about.’ Her husband’s younger brother is called Emilio, who is also a comedian. Since Javier is of Dutch descent, he moved to Amsterdam after he graduated from university, and decided to take up acting and comedy. He did many voice overs and was a part of making the Dutch movies “Flirt” and “Stella’s War.” There were rumors that he was an alcoholic and a cocaine user back in the 2000s, however, his marriage is apparently rock solid, and there weren’t any rumors of infidelity or divorce.
Lennon and Jessica
Lennon frequently collaborates with Jessica St. Clair on TV, and they are best friends in real life. They both married their husbands in July 2006, and had their daughters in 2013. Jessica married Dan O’Brien; the two met while doing improvisational comedy, and are both practicing yoga and have learned Transcendental Meditation. The bond they share is apparently unbreakable. Lennon is currently promoting her podcast WOMP It Up! which she is doing with Jessica, who plays Marissa Wompler, and her co-host plays Marissa’s teacher Charlotte Lister. Some of the famous guest who have appeared on the podcast are Brian Huskey and Jason Mantzoukas. Lennon and Jessica appeared together on “The Jimmy Kimmel Show”, and talked about how Lennon helped Jessica pick out her new set of boobs.
According to authoritative sources, Lennon’s net worth is estimated at over $500,000; this doesn’t come as a surprise because she has been in the industry for many years, so basically her annual income could only go up.
Her natural hair and eye color is dark brown, and she is very down to earth, and usually wears clothes she is comfortable in. She is pretty short and slim – her height is 5ft 4ins (1.62 m) and she looks great at approximately 120lbs or 55 kgs, with vital statistics of 36-24-34.