Yvette Nicole Brown

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Yvette Nicole Brown
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Brown at the San Diego Comic-Con International in July 2013
Born(1971-08-12) August 12, 1971 (age 43)
East Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
Years active2000–present
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Yvette Nicole Brown
Yvette Nicole Brown by Gage Skidmore 4.jpg
Brown at the San Diego Comic-Con International in July 2013
Born(1971-08-12) August 12, 1971 (age 43)
East Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
Years active2000–present

Yvette Nicole Brown (born August 12, 1971) is an American actress and comedian. Brown has appeared in numerous commercials, television shows, and films throughout her career. From 2009 to 2014, she starred as Shirley Bennett on the NBC comedy series Community. She had a recurring role on the Nickelodeon sitcom Drake & Josh, and voiced the character Cookie on the American-Canadian animated series Pound Puppies. Brown has also had small guest roles in television shows such as That 70's Show, The Office, Boston Legal, Chuck, and The Soul Man. In addition to television, she has had supporting roles in films such as (500) Days of Summer, Tropic Thunder, Repo Men, and Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters.

Early life and education[edit]

Brown was born in East Cleveland, Ohio. Brown studied communication studies at the University of Akron and graduated with her Bachelor of Arts in Communication in 1994.[1][2] She became a sister of the Delta Pi chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha as an undergrad at the university.

After graduating, Brown undertook acting classes in Hollywood, Los Angeles.[3]


Brown appeared as "Yvette" in the music video "1-4-All-4-1" by the East Coast Family, a Michael Bivins project, for Biv10 Records.[4] Brown said of the experience, "It was a great run, but I guess music was just never meant to be for me."[5]

Brown first appeared on commercials before entering television shows and films a few years later.[6] She has since played roles on television shows such as The War At Home, Malcolm in the Middle, That's So Raven, and the US version of The Office. She also had a recurring role as movie theater manager Helen Dubois in the Nickelodeon sitcom Drake & Josh. Brown reprised the role in the season 2 episode of Victorious titled "Helen Back Again".[3] She also provided the voice of Cookie on The Hub's Pound Puppies.

In 2009, Brown began starring as Shirley Bennett on the comedy series Community. On September 30, 2014, Brown announced that she would be leaving the show after five seasons in order to take care of her ailing father. In her announcement she said, "My dad needs daily care and he needs me. The idea of being away 16 hours a day for five months, I couldn't do it. It was a difficult decision for me to make, but I had to choose my dad."[7]

She has appeared in television commercials for Hamburger Helper, Big Lots, Pine-Sol, Comcast, Aquapod, Shout, Fiber One, Yoplait Yogurt, DiGiorno Pizza, Dairy Queen, and Time Warner. She has appeared on episodes of The Thrilling Adventure Hour as "The Troubleshooter" in the Sparks Nevada, Marshall On Mars series.

In 2012, Brown appeared as a celebrity contestant on GSN's version of The Pyramid with her fellow Community co-star Danny Pudi.

In 2014, it was reported that Brown is set to recur on the upcoming USA Network series Benched. In addition to Brown, the cast also includes Molly Shannon, Eliza Coupe, and Jay Harrington.[8] Shortly after her exit of Community, Brown's role of Dani on the upcoming CBS series The Odd Couple, was upgraded to series regular.[9]


2000His Woman, His WifeN/A
2003180 Miles AwayOther womanShort film
2004Little Black BookProduction assistant
2005Island, TheThe IslandHarvest Nurse
2005Kid & I, TheThe Kid & IBunny
2006DreamgirlsCurtis' secretary
2007Neighbor, TheThe NeighborReceptionist
2008Meet DaveOld Navy saleswoman
2008Tropic ThunderVivica (Peck's assistant)
2008Merry Christmas, Drake & JoshHelen DuboisTelevision film
2009N.C.B.SFlashback wifeShort film
2009Hotel for DogsMs. Camwell
2009(500) Days of SummerNew secretary
2009Ugly Truth, TheThe Ugly TruthDori
2010Repo MenRhodesia
2013Percy Jackson: Sea of MonstersGray Sister #2
2014YellowbirdLadybug (voice)
2002For the PeopleServerEpisode: "Lonely Hearts"
2002Do OverWomanEpisode: "Investing in the Future"
2003GirlfriendsSherri Childs2 episodes
2004Curb Your EnthusiasmStewardessEpisode: "Opening Night"
2004Big House, TheThe Big HouseEartha Cleveland6 episodes
2004Two and a Half MenMandyEpisode: "Just Like Buffalo"
2004–07Drake & JoshHelen Dubois15 episodes
20047th HeavenLeah MorrisEpisode: "Gratitude"
2005Fat ActressWoman in restaurantEpisode: "Big Butts"
2005That's So RavenMonicaEpisode: "Too Much Pressure"
2005That '70s ShowSgt. DavisEpisode: "You're My Best Friend"
2005Hot PropertiesOprah-HeadEpisode: "Waiting for Oprah"
2006Malcolm in the MiddleFemale security agent #2Episode: "Bride of Ida"
2006HouseEllen StamblerEpisode: "Sex Kills"
2006War at Home, TheThe War at HomeAirport securityEpisode: "The West Palm Beach Story"
2006Half & HalfCeci2 episodes
2006Pepper DennisAngela HowellEpisode: "Pepper Dennis Behind Bars"
2006Sleeper CellFatima2 episodes
2007Office, TheThe OfficeParisEpisode: "The Return"
2007Loop, TheThe LoopIsabelle MillerEpisode: "Yeah, Presents"
2007American Body ShopMs. DurantEpisode: "Pilot"
2007EntourageDaily Variety agentEpisode: "Gary's Desk"
2007Boston LegalDoris Thumper2 episodes
2008'Til DeathRoxieEpisode: "Raisinette in the Sun"
2008PrivilegedPamEpisode: "All About the Haves and the Have-Nots"
2009Kath & KimClerk #1Episode: "Competition"
2009True Jackson, VPCoral BarnsEpisode: "Company Retreat"
2009Rules of EngagementMrs. AlbertsEpisode: "Voluntary Commitment"
2009RoommatesMadam SaphireEpisode: "The Tarot"
2009iCarlyArt studentUncredited; episode: "iMust Have Locker 239"
2009–14CommunityShirley BennettMain cast (seasons 1–5); 97 episodes
Gracie Award for Outstanding Female Actor in a Supporting Role – Comedy Series or Special[10]
2009SherriChurch ladyEpisode: "There Is No 'I' in Church"
2010–13Pound PuppiesCookie (voice)Main cast; 65 episodes
2011, 2013Family GuyVarious voices3 episodes
2011VictoriousHelen DuboisEpisode: "Helen Back Again"
2011ChuckBuy More employeeEpisode: "Chuck Versus the Hack Off"
2012–14Soul Man, TheThe Soul ManRobin3 episodes
2012–13Match GameHerselfPanelist; 4 episodes
2013Shake It UpMadame TiffanyEpisode: "Psych It Up"
2013–14Hollywood Game NightHerself2 episodes
2013Once Upon a TimeUrsula (voice)Episode: "Ariel"
2014PsychHazel LazarusEpisode: "A Touch of Sweevil"
2014Melissa & JoeyCalistaEpisode: "I'll Cut You"
2014BoJack HorsemanBeyoncé (voice)Episode: "Our A-Story Is a 'D' Story"
2015The Odd CoupleDaniMain cast
2011Save GreendaleShirley BennettCollegeHumor video


  1. ^ "Community star Yvette Nicole Brown to be honored by UA". The University of Akron. 31 August 2010. 
  2. ^ "Yvette Nicole Brown". The University of Akron. 
  3. ^ a b Dawidziak, Mark (November 13, 2009). "Yvette Nicole Brown, an East Cleveland native, enjoys role on TV sitcom 'Community'". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved April 26, 2010. 
  4. ^ YouTube: East Coast Family 1-4-All-4-1 | Retrieved 11-20-2011 | 2:22 mark
  5. ^ EW.com: 'Community': Get to know Yvette Nicole Brown (and how she got to know Chevy, Joel, Jude, and Gerard) | 09-24-2009 | Retrieved 11-20-2011
  6. ^ Asim, Jabari (August 6, 2006). "The 'Trouble' With Black Actresses". The Washington Post. Retrieved April 26, 2010. 
  7. ^ Schneider, Micheal (September 30, 2014). "Exclusive: Yvette Nicole Brown Departs Community". TV Guide. CBS Interactive. Retrieved October 1, 2014. 
  8. ^ Dawidziak, Mark. "Molly Shannon and Yvette Nicole Brown courted for USA Network's 'Benched'". cleveland.com. Retrieved 17 June 2014. 
  9. ^ Ausiello, Michael (October 4, 2014). "CBS' Odd Couple Reboot Promotes Yvette Nicole Brown to Series Regular". TV Line. Retrieved October 5, 2014. 
  10. ^ "2011 Gracie Awards Winners". Alliance for Women in Media. Retrieved October 2, 2014. 

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