Mary Scheer (born March 19, 1963) is an American actress and comedienne. She is best known as one of the original cast members of the sketch comedy series MADtv and for playing Marissa Benson on iCarly.



Scheer was one of the original nine cast members of MADtv when the series debuted in 1995. She came to the show with a background in sketch comedy from her Groundling days. During her tenure, Scheer developed characters like chain smoker Mrs. Jewel Barone, Cabana Chat host Dixie Wetsworth, Connie Linder, Debbie Dander, Lily Don, and Mrs. Vigor (Killer Grandma).

Scheer also performed impressions of celebrities and public figures during her tenure on MADtv. Some of Scheer's impressions included: U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno, Demi Moore, Susan Sarandon, Kathy Griffin, Mary Tyler Moore, Melissa Joan Hart, Ashley Olsen, Candice Bergen, Fran Drescher, Shirley MacLaine, Emma Thompson, Frances Bavier, Irene Vernon, Lisa Malosky, Ashley Judd, and Barbara Feldon. However, Scheer is most famous for her impersonation of Barbra Streisand in the MADtv spoof video "Terms Of Imprisonment," where she portrays Streisand as an egomaniac who abuses her co-star, Whitney Houston. Scheer is also famous for her impersonation of Gillian Anderson's Dana Scully in the "XXX Files" sketch.

During season two of MADtv, Scheer became visibly pregnant and continued to perform on the show. After giving birth, Scheer finished the second and third seasons of the show. She left the show in 1998, after spending three seasons with the show.


Character Sketch Season of First Appearance Catch Phrase Notes
Mrs. Jewel Barone The Smoker 1 "Oh yeah, there it is." She is a habitual smoker who seems to have a negative affect on everyone around her (physically and mentally) because of her smoking.
Dixie Wetsworth Cabana Chat 2-3 (11 Appearances) "You like? I like." She is an aging talk show host who has under gone several plastic surgeries.
Connie Linder Joel & Connie 1
Debbie Dander 1
Lily Don Joe & Lily Don 1
Mrs. Vigor Killer Grandma 1


Scheer had made several impressions on MADtv or Invader Zim:

Other projects

Besides MADtv, Scheer has appeared in several television shows. Her credits include Reno 911!, Primetime Glick, X-Chromosome, and Dropping Out. As of March 2006, Scheer's most recent television role is the character Aunt Louise in the Fox comedy series Free Ride. She also plays a recurring role on iCarly as Mrs. Marissa Benson, the extremely overprotective mother of Freddie Benson.

After leaving MADtv, and an absence of several years, in 2001, she appeared in the films Elvira's Haunted Hills, The New Women and Chump Change. Scheer's most recent[when?] film is It Can Always Get Worse Kathy.

Besides onscreen appearances, Scheer has become a voice actress, lending her voice to numerous commercials and several animated projects like Family Guy and King of the Hill. Scheer's voice also appears in the animated feature film, Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker. Scheer performed all female voices in Spike TV's humorous game show MXC (she was credited as portraying Everygirl). In season four, she became MXC's supervising producer.



Year Title Role Other notes
1988 The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking American Dubbing Team
1989–1997 L.A. on $5 a Day Homeless Woman
1991 The Chick's a Dick Snapdragon
1994 It's Pat Nurse
1995 Ding Dong Doris Pritt
Not of This Earth Saleswoman
2001 Elvira's Haunted Hills Ema Hellsubus
The New Women Nancy
Chump Change Agent #2
2005 It Can Always Get Worse Kathy
2008 iCarly: iGo to Japan Marissa Benson T.V. movie/Supporting Main Role


Year Title Role Other notes
1993 Quantum Leap Other Woman
1995 Sawbones TV Reporter #1
Party of Five Ms. Shaver
Beverly Hills, 90210 Marcia Ramsden
1995–1998 MADtv Various Characters (Credited in 66 Episodes) Sketch Comedy
1995, 1998 Seinfeld Mrs. Smoth, Joan
2000 Dropping Out Betty Brockton
2001 Primetime Glick Various Characters
2003 Reno 911! Tina the Daycare Owner
2006 Free Ride Louise
2007 iCarly Marissa Benson Recurring Character
Halfway Home Alan's Wife "Halfway Innocent"
The Suite Life of Zack & Cody Ms. Laura Bird "Zack's Summer School Teacher"
2009 Hannah Montana Norma "Can't Get Home To You Girl"

Voice acting and video game appearances

Year Title Role Other notes
1997 King of the Hill Gracie Animated Comedy TV Series
Lands of Lore: Guardians of Destiny Various Characters Video Game
1999 Family Guy Ann Landers/Mary/Mother Animated Comedy TV Series
2000 Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker Mrs. Drake Animated Action Drama TV Series
Hey Arnold! Suzie Kokoshka
2003 MXC (formerly Most Extreme Elimination Challenge) Female Voices ("Everygirl") TV Series
2009 The Penguins of Madagascar Alice the Zookeeper, Machine Voice, Female Doctor CGI Animated Series

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