Chris Parnell

Chris Parnell

Birth name
Thomas Christopher Parnell
February 5, 1967 ( age: 2017 )
Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.
Occupation (s)
Actor, comedian, singer
Years active


After performing as a company player with The Groundlings for a number of years, SNL Parnell was hired to join the cast of Saturday Night Live as a featured player on September 26, 1998, and was promoted to repertory player the following season. In the summer of 2001, budget cuts and hiring four new cast members required Lorne Michaels to dismiss two cast members; he chose to lay off Parnell and Jerry Minor over Horatio Sanz, Rachel Dratch, and Maya Rudolph, but Parnell was rehired in the middle of the next season.  Chris Parnell rapping was really successful. While on SNL, Parnell appeared in numerous sketches, and commercial parodies, and performed memorable impressions of various celebrities. Among his notable sketches are "Lazy Sunday", a rap video he shot with Andy Samberg about buying cupcakes and going to see The Chronicles of Narnia, and "More Cowbell". He has also performed raps about hosts Jennifer Garner, Britney Spears, Kirsten Dunst and Ashton Kutcher. On the DVD commentary for the West Coast version of the 30 Rock episode "Live Show", Tina Fey and Beth McCarthy Miller noted that Parnell was nicknamed "The Ice Man" whilst working at SNL, because of his apparent immunity to breaking, citing the "more cowbell" sketch in which he was the only actor not to break. In mid-2006, Michaels announced that four cast members would be fired due to budget cuts, but he did not say who. On September 22, 2006 it was announced that three cast members had been fired: Parnell, Horatio Sanz, and Finesse Mitchell. This effectively made him the only SNL performer to have been fired twice by Lorne Michaels, although Parnell did say in a 2008 interview with The Sound of Young America podcast that he was okay with being let go this time, because he was considering leaving after that season anyway, but added that he probably would have stayed one last season if he was asked back. He had been with SNL for eight seasons; at the time only four people (Darrell Hammond, Tim Meadows, Kevin Nealon, and Al Franken) had been cast members longer. He has since made uncredited cameo appearances on the show, including parodying newscasters Tom Brokaw, Jim Lehrer, and Bob Schieffer. Parnell and his former SNL castmate Horatio Sanz starred together in Big Lake, a 2010 sitcom on Comedy Central from executive producers Will Ferrell and Adam McKay. Parnell voiced Fly in the animated film Hotel Transylvania and is a series regular on the FX animated series Archer and made recurring guest appearances as Dr. Leo Spaceman on 30 Rock and provides the voice of the narrator on the PBS children's series WordGirl. From 2011 to 2014, Parnell co-starred on the ABC comedy series Suburgatory where he played the husband of the character played by his former SNL castmate Ana Gasteyer. His role started out as recurring in the first season but he was bumped up to a series regular in the second season. The series aired for three seasons on ABC. He provides the voice of the "Progressive Box" in commercials for Progressive Insurance commercials. He voices Jerry on the Adult Swim show Rick & Morty.


Jingle All the Way (1996) as a toy store sales clerk The Ladies Man (2000) as Phil Swanson Evil Alien Conquerors (2002) as Du-ug Down with Love (2003) as the TV Emcee National Lampoon's Barely Legal (2003) as Mr. Ronald Greitzer Looking for Kitty (2004) as Guy Borne Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004) as Garth Holliday Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie (2004) as Garth Holliday I'm Reed Fish (2006) as Ralph Hot Rod (2007) as Barry Pasternak Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (2007) as Theo Harold (2008) as Coach Vanderpool The Grand (2008) as Harold Melvin Labor Pains (2009) as Jerry Hollywood & Wine (2009) as Peter West Kung Fu Magoo (2010) as Cole Fusion (voice) Answer This! (2010) as Brian Collins 21 Jump Street (2012) as Mr. Gordon The Five-Year Engagement (2012) as Bill The Dictator (2012) as News Anchor Hotel Transylvania (2012) as Fly (voice) Escape from Planet Earth (2013) as Hammer (voice) Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013) as Garth Holliday Hotel Transylvania 2 (2015) as Fly (voice) The Ridiculous Six (2015) as Bank Manager Sisters (2015) as Phil


The Adventures of OG Sherlock Kush - Jack The Ripper Jr. (1 episode) Bojack Horseman – Reporter (1 episode) The Spoils Before Dying – Bebop Jones (2 episodes) Brooklyn Nine-Nine – Geoffrey Hoytsman (2 episodes) Bad Judge – Douglas Riller (1 episode) Rick and Morty – Jerry Smith (Series Regular) Gravity Falls – Various (2 episodes) Filthy Sexy Teen$ – Sean Hastings (Adult Swim TV special) Drunk History – Various (4 episodes) Suburgatory – Fred Shay (Series Regular) Comedy Bang Bang – Crowpoke Inventor/Melodio/Stephendorff (3 episodes) I Just Want My Pants Back – J.B. (6 episodes) T.U.F.F. Puppy – The Caped Cod (1 episode) Curb Your Enthusiasm – Hank (1 episode) Love Bites – Chad Banks (1 episode) Jon Benjamin Has a Van – Area 51 Scientist (1 episode) Mad Love – Dennis Barrett (2 episodes) Electric City – Giovanni Montalbon (1 episode) Workaholics – Bruce Benson (1 episode) Big Lake – Chris Henkel (Series Regular) 30 Rock – Dr. Leo Spaceman (Recurring Role, 23 episodes) Archer – Cyril Figgis (Series Regular) Eureka – Dr. Drummer (2 episodes) The Life & Times of Tim – Various Voices (3 episodes) Funny or Die Presents – Various Roles (6 episodes) Glenn Martin, DDS – Joe Biden, Various Voices (3 episodes) Kröd Mändoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire – Narrator (6 episodes) Miss Guided – Vice Principal Bruce Terry (Series Regular) WordGirl (2007–present) – The Narrator, Various Voices (Series Regular) Saturday Night Live – Cast Member, Various Roles (Series Regular) Better Off Ted – Walter Palmer (1 episode) Ed – DJ Curtis Morris (1 episode) Friends – Bob (1 episode) The Hughleys – Rick (1 episode) Murphy Brown – Handler #2 (1 episode) The Jamie Foxx Show – Director (1 episode) Nick Freno: Licensed Teacher – Announcer (1 episode) Robot Chicken – Scooter, Major Nelson (1 episode) Seinfeld – Stu Crespi (1 episode) Suddenly Susan – Phil (2 episodes) Union Square – Don (1 episode) Conrad Bloom – Simpson (2 episodes) Caroline in the City – Gene (1 episode) Hope and Gloria – Howard (1 episode) Glee – Mario (1 episode) Garfunkel and Oates – Stan (1 episode) Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero – Blort Clooney (1 episode) The Mr. Peabody & Sherman Show – Mr. Peabody (Series Regular) Dawn of the Croods - Snoot (Series Regular)

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