Chris Parnell

Chris Parnell

 02/05/1967
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​Thomas Christopher "Chris" Parnell (born February 5, 1967) is an American comic actor best known as a cast member on Saturday Night Live from 1998–2006 and currently for his recurring role as Dr. Leo Spaceman on NBC's Emmy Award-winning comedy series 30 Rock. Parnell is currently one of the lead voices on the FX animated comedy Archer. In 2010, Parnell starred alongside his former SNL castmate Horatio Sanz in the Comedy Central series Big Lake. After performing as a company player with The Groundlings for a number of years, 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. While on SNL, Parnell appeared in numerous sketches, and commercial parodies, and performed memorable impressions of various celebrities. One of his most popular sketches is Lazy Sunday, a rap video he shot with Andy Samberg about buying cupcakes and going to see The Chronicles of Narnia. He has also performed raps about hosts Jennifer Garner, Britney Spears, Kirsten Dunst and Ashton Kutcher. In the summer of 2006, Lorne 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, though 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) have been cast members longer. He has since made uncredited cameo appearances on the show, most recently in 2008 parodying newscasters Tom Brokaw, Jim Lehrer, and Bob Schieffer. Parnell and his former SNL castmate Horatio Sanz recently starred together in Big Lake, a 2010 sitcom on Comedy Central from executive producers Will Ferrell and Adam McKay. He also recently appeared as Dr. Drummer/Santa in the SyFy Holiday Special episode from the television show Eureka, which aired on December 7, 2010 (Season 4 Episode 10).

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Labor Pains

Labor Pains

Jerry Steinwald

Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice

Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice

Mr. Thistleton (voice)

Sunny and Share Love You

Sunny and Share Love You

Kevin Keith Baker

The Last Laugh

The Last Laugh

Charlie Green

Break Point

Break Point

Jay LaRoche

Slice

Slice

Mayor Tracy

The Grand

The Grand

Harold Melvin

Harold

Harold

Coach Vanderpool

Kabluey

Kabluey

Frank

Paper Man

Paper Man

Peter

Hollywood & Wine

Hollywood & Wine

Peter West

Austin Found

Austin Found

Alan Dickinson

The Ridiculous 6

The Ridiculous 6

Bank Manager

Hot Rod

Hot Rod

Barry Pasternack

21 Jump Street

21 Jump Street

Mr. Gordon

I Am Woman

I Am Woman

Artie Mogull

Hotel Transylvania

Hotel Transylvania

Mr. Fly (voice)

The Laundromat

The Laundromat

Doomed Gringo #2

Life of the Party

Life of the Party

Wayne Truzack

Down with Love

Down with Love

TV Emcee

Barely Legal

Barely Legal

Mr. Ronald Greitzer

The Ladies Man

The Ladies Man

Phil Swanson

Saturday Night Live: The Best of Amy Poehler

Saturday Night Live: The Best of Amy Poehler

Edward Turlington (archive footage)

Saturday Night Live: The Best of Will Ferrell

Saturday Night Live: The Best of Will Ferrell

Himself / Various (archive footage)

Jingle All the Way

Jingle All the Way

Toy Store Sales Clerk

The Dictator

The Dictator

News Anchor

Eavesdrop

Eavesdrop

Terrence

Sisters

Sisters

Phil

TV Shows

Seinfeld

Seinfeld

NBC Executive

Saturday Night Live

Saturday Night Live

Self - Various Characters, Talent Scout, Self

30 Rock

30 Rock

Dr. Leo Spaceman

Suburgatory

Suburgatory

Fred Shay

Eureka

Eureka

Dr. Noah Drummer

Benched

Benched

Mitch

Drunk History

Drunk History

Thomas Edison, King Charles II, Jim Bowie

BoJack Horseman

BoJack Horseman

Klaus / News Reporter (voice)

Archer

Archer

Cyril Figgis (voice)

Elena of Avalor

Elena of Avalor

Migs (voice)

Rick and Morty

Rick and Morty

Jerry Smith (voice)

grown-ish

grown-ish

Dean Burt Parker

Love, Death & Robots

Love, Death & Robots

The Cat (voice)

Miracle Workers

Miracle Workers

God's Dad

Match Game

Match Game

Himself - Panelist

Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Geoffrey Hoytsman

Glee

Glee

Mario

Will & Grace

Will & Grace

Dr. DiLorenzo

American Dad!

American Dad!

Co-Worker (voice), James Garfield (voice), Train Actor (voice)

Family Guy

Family Guy

Priest (voice), Doug (voice), Guy at Pool / Priest (voice), Card Store Owner (voice)

Dummy

Dummy

Agent Chett

Close Enough

Close Enough

Ron (voice)

The Simpsons

The Simpsons

Surgeon fiancé (voice)

Dawn of the Croods

Dawn of the Croods

Snoot (voice), Snoot / Evil Egg (voice), Snoot / Dub (voice)

Alpha Betas

Alpha Betas

Darryl (voice)

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