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|
|Lily Don||Joe & Lily Don||1|
|Mrs. Vigor||Killer Grandma||1|
- Janet Reno
- Demi Moore
- Susan Sarandon
- Kathy Griffin
- Mary Tyler Moore
- Irene Vernon
- Lisa Malosky
- Ashley Judd
- Barbra Feldon
- Barbra Streisand
- Dana Scully
- Natalie Horler, Aaliyah, and Gwen Stefani on an Invader Zim episode, Attack of the Saucer Morons
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.
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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
|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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