Retta

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Retta currently stars as Barbara on the Bravo hit series Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce. Barbara plays a website editor opposite Lisa Edelstein in the drama, exploring the post-divorce ups and downs. Previously Retta spent seven seasons playing the uber beloved office mate Donna Meagle on NBC's critically-acclaimed comedy Parks and Recreation.

Retta can be seen in the recently released fan-favorite franchise Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip, and the independent drama Other People, which made its premiere at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. She also recently wrapped production on comedy flick Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life opposite Andy Daly as well as Bastards with Ed Helms and Owen Wilson, both slated for a fall 2016 release. Other film credits include Fracture with Anthony Hopkins, First Sunday with Ice Cube and Katt Williams, Sex & Death 101 with Simon Baker, and Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star with David Spade.

Retta, born Marietta Sirleaf to immigrant parents from Liberia, grew up in New Jersey. Upon graduating pre-med from Duke University with a degree in Sociology, Retta decided to take a year off before medical school to work as a contract chemist. She quickly decided drugs/medicine were not her calling. She decided to pursue her dream of having her own show. Realizing there were several sitcom stars that started as comedians (Roseanne, Drew Carrey, Tim Allen, Brett Butler) she began doing stand-up in Raleigh, NC and soon decided to make the move to LA.

Retta started performing in Los Angeles and eventually started showcasing for the National Association for Campus Activities. She became a must-see act on the college circuit and soon was nominated for female comedian of the year by Campus Activities Magazine. She was Comedy Central's first winner of their Laugh Riots Stand-Up Competition, which led to an appearance on the New Faces Showcase at Montreal's "Just For Laughs" Comedy Festival. This performance led to a development deal with ABC/Disney. 

Retta's television appearances include: The Kroll Show, It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia, Key and Peele, Premium Blend, and Comedy Central Presents...Retta.  She has also created her own starring role as "Twitter Queen" thrilling her fans with her live interpretations of the television shows she loves. 

Retta's endless entertaining prowess and comedic vigor keeps both her devoted following and Hollywood captivated. She currently resides in Los Angeles. 

 

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